The House of Representatives will once again take up a vote on the PATRIOT Act next week, and is expected to vote for extension in their second vote on the legislation within just a few days. Next week's expected vote will differ from last Tuesday's in that it purposefully curbs Tea Party clout on the issue, and instead, will be undertaken under conditions more conducive to its passage.

In a nation where individuals were treated as equals before the law, a person’s racial and ethnic identity would be irrelevant to public policy. But in a nation in which there is much to be gained politically by identifying oneself with a particular racial or ethnic group, such classifications are the stuff of knock-down, drag-out fights.

The annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) — the three-day political event taking place at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. — allows conservatives from far and wide to come together to celebrate and support conservative values. However, the term “conservative” is far broader than most are aware, and CPAC serves as the perfect forum to highlight the philosophical divisions of those in attendance, and the substantial dissent between neoconservatives and constitutionalists.

Since the election in November 2010, there's been plenty of talk about cutting the federal budget. The Cato Institute, for example, has come up with a $1.056 trillion proposal to cut federal spending. Newly elected U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) proposes to cut $500 billion from the federal budget. Other Republicans are now vacillating over whether or not to fulfill their campaign promise ("Pledge to America") of at least $100 billion in budget cuts.

In an exciting, well-researched and gripping novella in the December issue of Popular Mechanics, author Erik Sofge concludes that the war between China and the United States in the year 2015 will be won by China.