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."
As 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.
Think 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.
On Thursday, June 9, the U.S. Senate conducted confirmation hearings on current CIA Director and former U.S. Congressman Leon E. Panetta (D-Calif.), who has been nominated by President Barack Obama to replace Bush-era appointee Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense. Obama's nomination of Panetta was originally announced on April 28, when the President announced that he would be making changes to his National Security team.
As Americans are already struggling with unemployment and inflation, Democrats are seeking to increase revenue, i.e. tax hikes, in order to avoid a default as Congress continues to debate the debt ceiling. Republicans have remained steadfastly opposed to any tax increases, which has ultimately resulted in a standoff between the two parties.
Congressional Democrats have adamantly supported tax increases on the wealthiest Americans, but Republicans argue that such increases would hurt job growth, and have instead advocated changes to entitlement programs.
Ever astute, the political observers at NationalReview.com have noted that the "resignation of (Newt) Gingrich's top men in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina would appear to be ... not good for his chances there." Or here, or there, either. The next sentence is more interesting. "Likewise the presence on the list of two advisers close to (Texas Governor) Rick Perry will only fuel speculation that Perry will seek the nomination himself."
One of the most egregious crimes of statist politics is to hold the few important government services hostage to layers and layers of pork. So when a government shutdown lurks at the federal level, the first offices to close are the national parks and memorials or the Coast Guard or some other financial micron in the federal budget that is actually valued by the public.
U.S. taxpayers are being soaked to the tune of $2 million a day for President Barack Obama’s illegal war in Libya, according to a Defense Department memo obtained by the Financial Times. The document, entitled “United States Contribution to Operation Unified Protector,” says that the government is spending about $60 million a month on the mission and had spent $664 million by mid-May.