Obama BudgetThe power of the legislative branch to control spending in the Anglo-American tradition predates the founding of the American colonies. It was at the core of the dispute between the Crown and Parliament during the reign of James II of England back in the 1680s. James II abolished Parliament for not paying for his military appointments, and the King paid for the transgression with exile.

As recounted last year in The New American, the American Constitution Party (ACP) has achieved major party status in Colorado, due in large part to the campaign for Governor of Tom Tancredo (left), former Republican Congressman from the state. Ironically, now that the ACP has gained this level of official acceptance, the red tape associated with maintaining this existence is discouraging it from getting comfortable in the new role as a legitimate alternative and besides, it's expensive to buy into this high-stakes game.

On Friday the Obama administration announced that it will make at least $1.3 billion available to female and Hispanic farmers in order to settle discrimination complaints those groups have filed against the Department of Agriculture.

A group of GOP congressmen are appealing to President Obama to oppose a complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against Seattle-based aerospace and defense giant, Boeing, Inc.

Ryan budgetItem:In The Hill for April 6, Representative Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.), the second-ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, wrote an op-ed entitled “Seniors, Say Goodbye to Your Healthcare,” charging that “the Republican budget dismantles Medicare as we know it — forcing seniors to purchase insurance on their own, no matter the cost or how sick they are. Their proposal slashes Medicaid by $1 trillion — threatening our sickest seniors and disabled Americans with no option for long-term care.”

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