His exploring accomplished, Newt Gingrich has discovered it is time for him to make it official. The former Speaker of the House of Representatives has formally announced he is a candidate for the Republican nomination for President in 2012.

At the U.S. border with Mexico two days ago, President Obama repeated the errant claims that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has repeatedly told about conditions at the border. Like Napolitano, Obama says the border is secure.

Donald Trump's self-obsession knows no bounds. Aside from his empire of eponymous buildings, drinks, ties, and mattresses, "The Donald" informed the small business owners gathered at a recent chamber of commerce expo in Nashua, New Hampshire, that he tried to tell the world that Osama bin Laden was hiding out in Pakistan but that no one would listen.

Crises, real or perceived, often give rise to horrendous laws. The Great Depression led to the New Deal. The 9/11 attacks gave us the Patriot Act. Today a single incident of disputed significance may result in a ban on practically all photographing and videotaping of public events in New Jersey.

Following President Obama’s immigration proclamation from El Paso, the Democratic leadership in Congress has reintroduced the DREAM Act, a key plank in the “comprehensive immigration reform” platform.