As the presidential election of 2012 approaches, it will be of little surprise to historically minded constitutionalists that President Barack Obama has been quoted lately in several interviews complimenting the campaigns of some of his Republican rivals.

In a recent New York Times piece, aides to President Obama gave current frontrunner Mitt Romney a little unsolicited advice. They suggested that "Mr. Romney had been wise to remain out of the fray for as long as possible -- giving rivals less time to attack him...." They went on to reassure Romney, saying that his "previous experience as a candidate, they suggested, could help him deal with the problems he faces."

American troops have occupied Iraq since March 3, 2003. Eight years later, after the declaration of one president that the mission was accomplished and the campaign promise of another to end the war and withdraw American forces, there is no end in sight to the deployment.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Wednesday that they are abandoning the so-called Fairness Doctrine, an FCC policy introduced in 1949 which requires the holders of broadcast licenses to both present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was, in the Commission's view, honest, equitable and balanced. Congress backed the policy in 1954, and by the 1970s the FCC called the doctrine the "single most important requirement of operation in the public interest — the sine qua non for grant of a renewal of license."

Anthony WeinerAs if New York Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner was not in enough hot water for his illicit online relationships with numerous women, the Congressman also tweeted with a 17-year-old high school student from New Castle, Delaware, according to news reports.

US soldier in IraqThink U.S. troops will be leaving Iraq by the end of the year? Think again. CIA Director Leon Panetta, who has been nominated to succeed Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense, says that the Iraqi government is probably going to request that some U.S. forces remain in the country and that Washington will almost certainly oblige.

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