A research study conducted by the free market libertarian organization The Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, recently released its annual Freedom in the 50 States Index. For 2011, the findings are grim, in many cases, but encouraging in others. Unsurprisingly, New Hampshire earned the coveted #1 position for overall freest state in the country.

The House Homeland Security Committee Wednesday conducted its second hearing on Islamic radicalization in the United States. Under the leadership of Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y., left), the committee hearing focused specifically on processes of radical Islamic proselytizing in the American prison system.

Ron PaulRon Paul won the Republican Leadership Conference straw poll by a landslide in New Orleans Saturday.

Ron PaulAt the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Friday was the day scheduled for the appearance of the A-list, crowd-drawing candidates: Herman Cain, Ron Paul, and Michele Bachmann. Rick Santorum was the final speaker of the day, but when he took the stage in the wake of Congresswoman Bachmann, the crowd was sparse.