In recent weeks, the American news media have carried numerous reports on the inability of the federal government to stop the flow of firearms from the United States to Mexico. For example, a recent story from the Associated Press repeated the findings from a 2008 study by The Brookings Institution which declared that “2,000 American guns are smuggled into Mexico each day.”

In March 2006, the Intelligence Branch of the Federal Protective Service of the Department of Homeland Security’s Threat Management Division issued a “Protective Intelligence Bulletin” that listed a variety of peaceful advocacy groups and included a “Civil Activists and Extremists Action Calendar” with details of their then-upcoming demonstrations. The bulletin stated that it had been “retrieved from the INTERNET via one of the many news media reporting services” and was “being provided … for SITUATIONAL AWARENESS in the law enforcement/government security/force protection arena.”

On its “orders list” for March 7, the U.S. Supreme Court unceremoniously and without notation denied a writ of certiorari filed in the case of Greg Hollister v. Barry Soetoro, et al. 

On Wednesday afternoon, the United States Senate rejected both the Democratic and Republican budget-cutting proposals. In both votes, several lawmakers voted against their own party.

Yesterday morning, a subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives voted to invalidate the net neutrality rules recently approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). However, until Congress moves forward in the process of overturning the regulations, the rules will stay in place.