One of the most positive developments for social conservatives to come out of the Republican victory in the 2010 midterm elections is an increase in the number of pro-life members of Congress.

A bill in Maryland that would legalize homosexual �marriage� appears to be dead for the year, killed in part by efforts from African-American churches committed to defending traditional marriage and family values.

As House Republicans pushed to eliminate federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) this month, Democrats fought back with a vengeance. Barack Obama even upped the ante a whopping $6 million, by asking $451 million for CPB as part of his $3.7 Trillion-Dollar Baby. This is the same historic 2012 budget that many lawmakers say is already trimmed to the bone (with a gross federal debt approaching $14 trillion).

In light of recent extensions of the Patriot Act, it can be concluded that many Tea Partiers are reneging on parts of the Tea Party agenda. Of the 41 Tea Party-backed candidates, 31 voted to extend the Patriot Act, eight voted against it, and one did not vote. As John Tyner stated at Lewrockwell.com: "Despite the eight nea votes, Tea Party-backed candidates overwhelmingly backed an extension of the Patriot Act."

According to an appeal by Obama’s top aides to his potential 2012 campaign donors, the President's reelection effort will be significantly more difficult than was his 2008 campaign. The appeal indicates that the President is in a weaker position now than he was in 2008, and details the potential vulnerabilities of his likely presidential opponents in order to garner much-needed support.

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