The first U.S. soldier in Iraq has been killed since the withdrawal of the last “combat” brigade from the country on August 18, according to the Manchester (UK) Guardian. The death demonstrates that Americans will continue to fight and die in Iraq even though President Obama publicly announced “combat operations” have officially ended. The soldier was reportedly killed in a mortar attack on a U.S. air base in Basra, and the Pentagon has not yet released the name of the deceased. The Pentagon estimates that 52,000 U.S. Army soldiers and Marines remain in Iraq.

Chris TollesIntrusive statism has many ways of harassing citizens. The most conspicuous, and in many ways the least dangerous, is by passing statutes. These laws, at least, are public and subject to debate before enactment. Laws, in theory, apply to all citizens equally.

Twin Tower collapseWhen Alexander Zaitchik’s article, “Top 10 Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories,” was published, it went viral, with the article being available online immediately here and here, and generating numerous commentaries including those here and here.

Campaigns for the 2010 midterm elections have reflected massive transformations for several of the senatorial candidates, particularly Florida Governor Charlie Crist and former speaker of the Florida House Marco Rubio, both of whom are competing for the Florida Senate seat, and Arizona Senator John McCain, the current frontrunner in the Arizona Senate race.

health emergencyIn a March 13 op-ed for the Washington Post, President Barack Obama’s lead pollster, Joel Benenson, wrote: “When it comes to health care and insurance, once reform passes, the tangible benefits Americans will realize will trump the fear-mongering rhetoric opponents are stoking today.”