A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that Americans' confidence in their government has plummeted in the last decade. In August 1974, around the time that President Nixon resigned, 15 percent of Americans were pessimistic about their government and 55 percent were optimistic. Over the last 24 years, until 1999, the percentage of Americans who were optimistic about their government was relatively high, ranging as low as 45 percent and as high as 55 percent. The percentage of Americans who were pessimistic about their government hovered in the low 20s during those decades.

Legislators in the Hoosier State have jumped on board the pro-legal immigration bandwagon in a big way. By a vote of 31-18, the state Senate of Indiana passed Senate Bill 590, a measure that if enacted would make 18 changes to current state law, including mandating an “English only” policy “in public meetings, public documents, by officers and employees of state or political subdivisions in performing their duties, and providing information communicated electronically by the state or a political subdivision"; empowering law enforcement to investigate the immigration status of an individual reasonably suspected of being illegally present in the state, provided that such person is the subject of “a lawful stop, detention, or arrest of an individual for a violation of a state law or local ordinance”; and imposing fines on businesses that knowingly hire someone without legal permission to work in the United States.

Michele BachmannDuring a speech she gave at an event organized by the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) declared: "You're the state where the shot was heard around the world at Lexington and Concord.” The statement is an unfortunate mistake as the battles at Lexington and Concord where the “shot heard ‘round the world” was fired were fought in Massachusetts, about 70 miles south of the venue where Bachmann was speaking.

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.

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