On Tuesday, March 8, the U.S. Senate passed legislation that overhauls the nation’s patent system, allowing the Patent and Trademark Office more flexibility to have more control over its financing and implementing a system that rewards the first inventor to file a valid application. The legislation — America Invents Act — passed in the Senate easily and without issue, 95 to 5.
One of the most controversial political happenings of the political season, in the 112th Congress, is Republican Rep. Peter King’s launch of an inquiry probing the extent and nature of Radical Islam in the United States. Rep. King’s panel looks towards investigating radicalization in the American Muslim community, and Rep. King, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, insists that the congressional hearings are "absolutely essential": "I am facing reality[;] my critics are not. Al Qaeda is changing its tactics. They realize that it's very difficult to attack from the outside[;] they're recruiting from within.
As reported by The New American earlier this week, state legislators are riding to the sound of the guns and courageously reaffirming the constitutional requirement that anyone seeking the office of the presidency qualify as a “natural-born citizen” of the United States.
When the internationalist-minded Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) decided it was time to take a hard look at the growing influence of the Tea Party movement in America, it selected “one of the country’s leading students of American foreign policy,” Walter Russell Mead, to do the study. Appearing as the headline article in Foreign Affairs for March/April 2011, his article is entitled “The Tea Party and American Foreign Policy.”
The Securities and Exchange Commission is once again under fire for ethics charges. Just two years ago, the agency was implicated for its failure to detect Bernard L. Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. Now, it’s SEC Chairwoman Mary Schapiro (pictured) who is under Congressional scrutiny for hiring David M. Becker — a man with financial connections to Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme — as SEC’s general counsel.
While more and more lawmakers seem to be coming to terms with the dire straits of the American economy and the impossibilities of sustaining the deficit, few seem prepared to do what is necessary to resolve the problems.
James O'Keefe, the young conservative journalist who brought down ACORN in a series a secretly recorded videos, has done it again. This time, he bamboozled two top executives of National Public Radio into having lunch with members of a fictive Muslim educational organization supposedly founded by a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.