President Obama and his fellow enthusiasts for "green technology" have stumbled into a thicket of their own making. Most of the their pet "alternative energy" projects -- solar panels, hybrid and electric car batteries, wind turbine magnets, compact fluorescent light bulbs, etc. -- are dependent upon "rare earth elements" that have been made all but unobtainable here in the United States, thanks in significant measure to environmental extremism.
Perhaps to the pleasure of Tea Party activists everywhere, Michigan’s Republican Representative Fred Upton has hinted that House Republicans may have the necessary votes to repeal President Obama’s healthcare law. Additionally, Upton indicates that the House Republicans may have enough votes to override a potential presidential veto of the repeal measure.
The Obama administration cannot be happy that two of its most strident supporters, MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews and new Hawaii governor Neil Abercrombie, have re-opened the "birther" controversy.
Democrats in the U.S. Senate used the tail end of the lame-duck session to confirm an openly homosexual woman to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Chai Feldblum, a law professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and, according to Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the first openly homosexual person to serve on the EEOC, was confirmed December 22 by unanimous consent on the day the Senate adjourned.
Federal Judge Jed Rakoff of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan has held that the New York City Health Department cannot adopt a rule which would require that gruesome photographs of smokers suffering from various forms of cancer be placed beside cash registers in more than 11,000 bodegas and convenience stores in the city. “Even merchants of morbidity are entitled to the full protection of the law, for our sake as well as theirs,” the judge ruled — although he agreed with the harm of tobacco, noting, “Within New York City, roughly 7,500 people die from smoking annually — more than from AIDS, homicide and suicide combined.”