BernankeIf there were any lingering doubts that official Washington rewards incompetency and lack of foresight, Thursday’s Senate confirmation of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to a second four-year term as Fed Chairman should put them to rest.

After nearly a quarter of a century of planning, Florida will see the building of a high speed rail system as early as late 2010. Speaking at the University of Tampa Thursday, President Obama announced that $1.25 billion dollars of the project will be funded by the federal stimulus package.

Eight-year-old Mikey Hicks is a New Jersey school boy, a Cub Scout, and a suspected terrorist. His mother, Najlah Hicks, told the CBS Early Show the first time the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) singled out Mikey at an airport he was only four months old, and the family was headed to Florida for his baptism. They couldn't get him a seat on the plane because an airline official said his name "was on the list."

Now that the GOP has all but shelved the litmus test for candidates to receive money and support for their mid-term election campaigns, a closer look at that “test” reveals a tepid attempt to reinvigorate “conservative” principles into the big tent GOP.

Give me liberty or give me a Cadillac plan. Not quite the same ring as the original. There is so much fervor on both sides of the political aisle with regard to health care “reform” that it is little to be wondered that opponents of the plan have co-opted the patois of patriotism right down to penning its own “Declaration of Health Care Independence” and staging a signing ceremony in a show with everything but quill and powdered wigs.

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