When John McCain announced his choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate on August 29, 2008, the only foreign policy experience or expertise the Republican vice presidential candidate could point to was her 20 months as Governor of the only state between Canada and Russia.
Touting President Barack Obama’s “responsible, sensible and achievable plan to put the country on a fiscally sustainable path” in a New York Times op-ed, White House Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew (pictured) performs some creative accounting to lay all of the blame for the state of the federal government’s finances on the George W. Bush administration. Pointing out that in 2001 “the country had a projected surplus of $5.6 trillion over the next decade,” Lew argues that the Bush tax cuts, combined with Bush’s expansion of Medicare, are the cause of the enormous deficits the country is now facing.
The District of Columbia, like other metropolitan areas, has been using traffic cameras to catch motorists who speed or run red lights. It has even deployed surveillance cameras in neighborhoods. Moreover, if security officials have their way, both the number of cameras and the uses to which those cameras are put in the nation's capital will be ramped up.
The question of foreign aid is one that has pitted economists against politicians, special interest groups, and foreign policy demagogues for decades. No stranger to this controversy is Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who like his father, Texas Representative Ron Paul (both Republicans), has proposed ending U.S.foreign aid to all countries, including Israel, a decision that has earned the scorn of numerous groups on both the Left and the Right.
When the Obama administration and congressional Democrats decided that they could start mandating that every American citizen make purchases as dictated by the federal government, the lurch away from rule under the Constitution to living by federal diktat was clear to virtually everyone. That the mandates imposed by ObamaCare are unconstitutional has now been made clear by the courts. And now at least one legislator in South Dakota is demonstrating the absurdity of the entire endeavor through a little legislation of his own.
On Monday, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow embarrassingly called attention to a story on the website Christwire that indicated former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin had advocated for an American invasion into Egypt. What Maddow did not know at the time was that Christwire is a satirical site.
For the third year in a row, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin declined an invitation to serve as the keynote speaker at the high-profile Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, set to take place next week. This year's excuse is that the conference conflicts with her schedule.
With the 2012 presidential election already on presidential aspirants' front doorstep, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is hiking the campaign trail, stomping the path of ethanol subsidies.
Craig Becker is a longtime lawyer for big labor. Among his clients have been the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). When President Obama appointed him to the National Labor Relations Board, the independent federal regulatory agency that deals with union and employer compliance with federal labor laws, among other things, that nomination was rejected by the Democrat-controlled Senate. President Obama seemed very eager to have him on the NLRB. The President then gave the labor lawyer a recess appointment which allows him to serve through the current year. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, when Speaker, severely criticized this appointment.
Four San Diego firefighters forced by their supervisor to take part in a "gay pride" parade in 2007 have won their case against the city after the California Supreme Court refused to overturn a lower court's decision in their favor.