President Barack Obama in a May 21 speech outlined a new policy of preventive detention, without trial, for people he suspects might commit crimes in the future. Flanked by copies of the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence in the address at the National Archives, Obama’s speech would have been more appropriately given at the Blu-Ray release of the 2002 Steven Spielberg movie Minority Report.
In a speech given on May 21 at the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute in Washington, former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said President Barack Obama and other officials have largely "mischaracterized" the Bush administration's approval of "enhanced" interrogation techniques. Cheney said: "The interrogations were used on hardened terrorists after other efforts failed. They were legal, essential, justified, successful, and the right thing to do."
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been forced to meet with state legislative leaders “to begin the painful process of slashing state spending after voters rejected five ballot measures intended to balance the budget through a mix of tax increases, borrowing and the reallocation of state money,” reported the New York Times on May 20. “The only ballot measure to succeed was one that prevented lawmakers and constitutional officers from getting raises in times of fiscal distress.”
Credit card reform legislation that President Obama is expected to sign sometime over the Memorial Day weekend is a mixed bag, to say the least. Offsetting the deluge of new regulations Congress is set to impose on credit card issuers is a surprise, last-minute insertion lifting the federal ban on firearms in national parks wherever state laws permit. That insertion garnered strong bipartisan support.
Speaking on CNN's State of the Union program on May 17, House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio challenged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's allegation that the Central Intelligence Agency had misled her about the spy agency's terrorism-related interrogation tactics.