The Obama-era CIA has awarded a $100 million contract to the private mercenary firm Xe Services, the former Blackwater Worldwide, to guard its facilities in Afghanistan, according to the Washington Post for June 24.
Andrew Cuomo, in announcing his candidacy for Governor of New York, has attacked: “The influence of lobbyists and their special interests.” His solution is to pass state campaign finance laws which create new contribution limits. As he delivered this pronouncement, however, Cuomo sat on an estimated $7.1 million that he had received from political action committees, real estate and construction firms, big unions, and health care lobbying firms.
To the dismay of free-speech advocates across the nation, the House of Representatives passed the DISCLOSE Act (Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act) yesterday evening by a vote of 219-206.
"I wouldn't take it off the table," USA Today on June 24 quoted Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the ranking minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, when he told reporters that he's not ruling out the possibility of a filibuster against President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan.
Federal Judge Martin Feldman issued an injunction on June 22 ordering Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the Obama administration not to enforce a federal moratorium on all drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf in water at depths greater than 500 feet.
Standing in front of the entrance to the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum the night of June 23, State Representative Nikki Haley gave a victory speech. With a 65-35 winning percentage, she had just handily defeated her runoff opponent, four-term U.S. Congressman J. Gresham Barrett, to become the Republican nominee for Governor of South Carolina in the coming November election. Haley will be facing State Senator Vincent Sheheen, the Democratic nominee.
Democratic politicians would have us believe that the Republicans are pro-big oil companies and that the Dems are against the “evil oil giants.” Why, then, did President Barack Obama approve a transfer of $2 billion American tax dollars to help fund the Brazilian oil company Petrobras? The answer is relatively simple: It has to do with George Soros’ Center for American Progress, and the groups’ influence on President Obama.
Senator Joseph Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-Independent Senator from Connecticut, told CNN's State of the Union program June 20 that the United States government needs to follow the lead of Internet censor Communist China on information technology security. “Right now, China, the government, can disconnect parts of its Internet in a case of war,” Lieberman told CNN's Candy Crowley. “We need to have that here, too.”
There is nothing sadder than witnessing a populace that truly believes in the sincerity of their elected officials as it gets trampled by the corruption of the same group of people in whom it has placed its trust. This scenario continues to play out each day as lawmakers forego any of the alleged genuine intentions of the DISCLOSE Act (Democracy is strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act) to gain support and assure its passage.
The Washington Post highlighted the contradictory nature of the federal government in two cover stories on June 22. The first story revealed that U.S.-funded subcontractors in the Afghan war are bankrolling the Taliban to the tune of millions of dollars per month and the second story outlined the latest U.S. Supreme Court decision that banned private organizations from giving non-violent advice to terrorist organizations.
Sarah Palin, former Alaska Governor turned vice-presidential candidate turned political kingmaker (or is that queenmaker?), has endorsed another “liberty-loving mama grizzly” (as she calls female GOP candidates who favor her philosophy of governance and who represent a kinder-gentler brand of feminism).