The showdown in Congress over the debt ceiling appears to have begun as the House's top Republican, Speaker John Boehner (left), issued an ultimatum to congressional Democrats on Monday that Republicans will not vote for an increase in the debt ceiling unless it is accompanied by trillions of dollars in spending cuts.
According to Boehner, any approved increase to the debt ceiling should be in conjunction with spending cuts that are greater than the amount of the permitted increase in the debt. He explained:
Yesterday, Gallup poll released the results of its poll conducted from April 30-23 that reveals an unprecedented and dramatic change in the nation�s political climate. According to the poll, a majority of Americans, and, most notably, Republicans, believe that the United States needs a third political party.
The poll indicates that fifty-two percent of Republicans support the creation of a major, third political party, and an even greater number of Tea Party supporters made the same assertions. According to The Hill, the data �underscores the occasional tensions between grassroots conservatives and the GOP establishment.�
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says her agency is developing a new "index" to gauge border security that goes beyond traditional measures such as crime and the number of collared drug traffickers or illegal aliens.
Last week, Amtrak began a week-long celebration marking its 40th anniversary. Unfortunately, given the company’s track record and inability to turn a profit throughout its tenure, even Amtrak’s founder notes that there is not much to celebrate.
U.S. Border Patrol agents' union-dues money is being used to fund a variety of pro-amnesty and anti-border enforcement politicians while agents are being denied the full benefits they were expecting in case of trouble, revealed Liberty News Network national correspondent Andy Ramirez in a new video report.
This week in Washington, high-level White House officials will sit down with their counterparts from China to discuss a variety of items, including the trade deficit and human rights concerns. The meeting will involve representatives from dozens of government agencies related to trade, finance, and foreign policy. The U.S. team will be led by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.
An immigration judge Friday suspended the deportation of a homosexual man, citing in his ruling the similar action taken by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in a case involving another same-sex couple.
With news coming from the major media outlets that Ron Paul of Texas has the best chance of defeating President Barack Obama in 2012, it is not surprising that his back is now a canvas for painting a multitude of targets.
Writers Carl Hulse and Jackie Calmes, in the New York Times, could scarcely contain their delight that House Republicans have decided to put any proposed changes to Medicare on the shelf for the time being. Recognizing that Medicare modifications are a critical component of Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) “Road Map,” the pair ascribed the Republicans’ backing off to “the difficulties and political perils of addressing the nation’s long-term fiscal problems.” Translation: Democrat control of the Senate assures that any attempt to modify Medicare at present will meet certain and ignominious defeat.
The U.S. Senate confirmed John McConnell (left), a private attorney and former official with Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island, to a lifetime appointment as a federal judge on May 4. While the confirmation came on a 50 to 44 party-line vote, 11 GOP senators earlier joined their Democrat lawmakers in a vote to break a Republican filibuster of the nomination, allowing for the final vote.