After union protests in Nashville, Tennessee disrupted a state Senate committee hearing on Tuesday, state troopers forcibly removed seven union protesters from the legislative office in the Capitol building.
Richard Syron, former chief executive of Freddie Mac, may be facing civil action by the Securities Exchange Commission, as the agency is investigating disclosure practices at both the mortgage finance company and its sister company, Fannie Mae.
Legislators in Arizona are reaching out to other state governments in the region to form partnerships against the federal government and its ever-expanding array of unconstitutional dictates on everything from ObamaCare to environmental matters, media reports explained. The problem with the idea, according to analysts, is that the federal government itself will need to sign off on the deals before they can take effect.
Trends within politics rarely occur in a vacuum. Instead, they develop within a broader ideological and historical context, which accounts for individual elected officials’ political motivations to this very day. Planned Parenthood, for instance, has always enjoyed the support of a notable component of the Republican Party, especially its moderate or Rockefeller wing, comprised of influential Establishment elitists, internationalists, and environmentalists.
President Obama�s former chief of staff, and newly-elected Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel once said, �You never want to let a good crisis go to waste.� Fortunately for President Obama, he has a number of crises from which to choose, and is being urged by his critics to take charge.
President Obama has set his sights on yet another endeavor that will continue to perpetuate government overreach: an overhaul of President Bush's "No Child Left Behind" education policy. According to the President, "The goals of No Child Left Behind were the right goals. Making a promise to educate every child with an excellent teacher-that's the right thing to do, that's the right goal."
Though Wisconsin’s efforts to rein in spending and the power of government-employee unions have dominated media coverage of state politics in recent weeks, Ohio is considering similar measures to close an estimated $8 billion budget deficit that could have an even broader impact on collective bargaining and public-sector workers.
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.