Ron PaulAlthough he officially abandoned his presidential bid last summer, Texas Congressman Ron Paul’s star continues to brighten. Once shunned by the mainstream media and marginalized by the national leadership of the Republican Party, the modest Ob-Gyn-turned-congressman has become something of an éminence grise these days, feted and fawned over by the likes of Fox News, which once dismissed him as a quack.

President Barack Obama met with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Afghan President Hamid Karzai on May 6, in what has been described as an attempt by the U.S. president to forge greater cooperation amongst America’s allies in the war against al-Qaeda terrorists.

Former Bush administratorturetion officials are trying to manipulate the text of Justice Department ethics report from behind the scenes, according to the May 6 Washington Post. But of more interest is the Post report that torture memo author John Yoo signed a nondisclosure agreement about public comments on the reputedly 200-page report that was drafted beginning in January of this year.

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“Senate Should Move Quickly to Join Convention on Law of the Sea,” says the heading of a May 4 press release from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). As noted here in April, it was to be expected that the usual lobbyists for world government would exploit the recent increase in Somali pirate activity to push for Senate ratification of the UN Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). And, as we pointed out here and here in February, the campaign to provide the United Nations with vast new legislative, judicial, and executive powers — including the power to tax all earthlings, Americans not excepted — is being led by the CFR, which has been in the forefront of this and other “global governance” power grabs.

With the impending retirement of Justice David Souter from the Supreme Court, speculation was rampant over the weekend on TV talk shows and other news outlets about who President Obama’s new Supreme Court justice nominee will be.