KissingerAfter pulling out of the recent Republican Leadership Convention held in New Orleans because he had a cold, Jon Huntsman has been the picture of health. There’s a hardly a press opportunity he hasn’t availed himself of now that he is an official candidate for the Republican nomination for President.

Whitey Bulger"How sweet it is! Finally, after all these years! Caught?... You want to threaten me?... You want to threaten to pick me off from the cemetery across the street from my house now? Who's laughing now, Whitey?"
— WRKO-Boston radio talk-show host and Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr

Nobody was happier to hear of the arrest of Boston Irish mobster James "Whitey" Bulger on June 22 than Boston radio talk show host and Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr, who had reportedly been on a Bulger assassination list when Bulger was on his spree. (Only the fact that Carr came out of his house with his little daughter prevented triggerman Kevin Weeks from putting the outspoken columnist and top-rated talk-show host in the grave.)

ConstitutionAs part of its July 4, 2011 cover story on the relevance of the Constitution, Time magazine included the results of a poll of Americans on several issues germane to that topic.

TSAThose paying attention to recent events in the Texas Legislature know that a battle royal has been raging for weeks over the Travelers' Dignity Act, the anti-TSA groping bill sponsored by state Representative David Simpson. The bill would make Transportation Security Administration agents liable for sexual assault when groping passengers without probable cause in their invasive airport searches.

Chinese flagOver the past several years, the People's Republic of China (PRC) has stepped up its courtship of America's state and local officials. A growing stream of Governors, Mayors, County Commissioners, school superintendents, college presidents and university officials have been making the pilgrimage to Beijing and other Chinese "sister cities," in efforts aimed at wooing Chinese investors to their communities and in search of export opportunities to China's growing consumer market.