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.

What a bizarre place I work in. Despite overwhelming public opposition by Californians to a government-mandated scheme that has failed in every country in which it was attempted, single-payer healthcare has been revived — strictly along party lines — in the California Legislature with the introduction of SB 810. (SB 810 passed off the Senate Floor today.)

In November of last year The New American published a report on a “litmus test” that a bloc of Republican activists wanted to impose on that Party’s potential candidates for office. Basically, the test would consist of a roster of principles (articles of faith, if you will) that Republican candidates would have to promise to adhere to before the GOP would loosen the purse strings and fund the candidate’s campaign. The vote on this controversial proposal was scheduled to be debated at the Party’s annual meeting in Honolulu in January. It’s January and the debate has begun.