One aspect of a new and improved federal regulatory scheme is the seizure of 401(k) retirement plans and the subsequent government-administered disbursement of the funds.

saltThe Washington Post reported on April 20 that “the Food and Drug Administration is planning an unprecedented effort to gradually reduce the salt consumed each day by Americans, saying that less sodium in everything from soup to nuts would prevent thousands of deaths from hypertension and heart disease.” The Post also said that “the initiative, to be launched this year, would eventually lead to the first legal limits on the amount of salt allowed in food products.”

The Voice of America reported on May 5 that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has agreed "in principle” to accept Brazilian mediation in a United Nations-backed nuclear fuel swap deal. The UN deal calls for Iran to send its uranium to Russia for enrichment. 

The libertarian, free-market Cato Institute has seen fit to reference a key article about healthcare on the home page of their website. Called “ 'Fearmongers' Were Right about Obamacare," this work was written by Michael D. Tanner, one of Cato's senior fellows, and was originally published in the April 30, 2010 edition of The Orange County Register

Franklin GrahamEvangelist Franklin Graham said the Obama White House was behind the decision to bar him from speaking at a National Day of Prayer event at the Pentagon because of his comments about the Muslim religion. After the 9/11 attacks, Graham called Islam a "very evil and wicked religion." More recently, the Associated Press reported, he has said he finds Islam offensive and wants Muslims to know that Jesus Christ died for their sins. U.S. Army spokesman Col. Tom Collins said on April 22 that Graham's remarks were "not appropriate."