When House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced he was leaving the negotiations over raising the debt limit on Thursday, he made it clear that he felt he was getting pressured by the Democrats to accept tax increases as part of the deal. He said: “Each side came into these talks with certain orders, and as it stands the Democrats continue to insist that any deal must include tax increases. Regardless of the progress that has been made, the tax issue must be resolved before discussions can continue.”
Anyone who follows Orrin Hatch (left) on Twitter has noticed a decidedly constitutionalist tone to his latest tweets. There's a good reason for this sudden commitment to principles of limited government from a man who's voting record is far from that of a rock-ribbed small government crusader.
Physician, steel thyself: The next person who calls your office seeking an appointment may just be a spy for the federal government.
Former Border Patrol agent Jesus Diaz was denied bond at a hearing earlier this month, but in an interview with Liberty News Network national correspondent Andy Ramirez, members of the Diaz family spoke out.
After 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.
"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.)
As 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.
Those 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.
Over 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.
On Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that peace negotiations in Afghanistan must include the Taliban if they are to be successful in achieving long term stability of the nation.