President Obama has nominated a new national security team that is has veteran establishment credentials and appear to create an even tighter nexus between intelligence agencies and the military. Obama announced the following appointments April 28:
Last November, voters sent a message to politicians — make some changes! So Texas State Representative David Simpson (pictured, left) took it to heart by taking on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) with his immediate filing of three bills that will stop TSA abuses of air travelers if passed. May 4, Simpson’s office issued a press release about the status of these important bills, noting that it has attracted support from the majority of the Texas House. If successful in the Lone Star State, there’s a good chance other states will take heart and initiate similar laws. Alaska, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania, already have legislation pending to stop the TSA and other security agencies from violating travelers’ dignity.
On Wednesday morning, the final lineup was announced for the GOP presidential contender debate, set to take place in South Carolina on Thursday. It will include former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Texas Representative Ron Paul (left), former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.
Members of Congress seem to have found one issue on which the support is bipartisan: lowering corporate tax rates in order to stimulate the economy and help create jobs. Democratic and Republican strategists report that the two parties are working together to advance such an agenda.
In an interview with RT (previously known as Russia Today), WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (left) claims that the information released on his website is just the beginning. He said that soon the flow of formerly secret documents will resume.
Today, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, (R-Va., left) announced that he is considering a test vote in the House of Representatives on the debt ceiling as a symbolic gesture for House Democrats to see that it will not be raised without additional significant spending cuts. Cantor's announcement followed a closed-door meeting of the House Republican Conference at the Capitol.
Former presidential hopeful Sarah Palin has tried her hardest to divest herself of her neoconservative reputation in the months following the McCain/Palin campaign. As a prominent favorite of the Tea Party movement, she began to sound more like a constitutionalist, although traces of neo-conservatism could still be detected in her speeches of recent weeks. That may be about to change, however, as Palin has reportedly "parted ways" with the neoconservative foreign policy advisers who have been writing her speeches and advising her on policy since she joined McCain's campaign.
President Obama pulled no punches on Saturday night during a live televised speech at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, where he roasted real estate magnate Donald Trump, labeling him a conspiracy theorist and unqualified presidential candidate.
Within hours of the release of President Obama’s long-form birth certificate on April 27, questions about its authenticity started to arise. By 10 p.m. that day, the first question arose about the certificate’s registration number: it was preceded by certificate registration numbers assigned to twin girls born after Obama.
In what is being heralded as a victory for the Obama Administration, a three-member panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. ruled on April 29 that the federal government can continue to fund embryonic stem cell research while a federal case seeking to permanently block funding makes its way through the courts.