Disregarding the exponentially longer tradition of the teachings of the Catholic Church on abortion, officials at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, have elected instead to continue the much shorter tradition of having sitting presidents give the commencement address at the university’s spring graduation ceremony.
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed March 20 to hear a free speech case and will choose between defending the First Amendment and the McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002. The case involves Hillary: the Movie, a critique of onetime presidential candidate Hillary Clinton by Citizens United, a conservative non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c) 4 organization.
The major media have widely reported that President Barack Obama has greatly underestimated the extent of the deficits to come, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the new president’s fiscal 2010 budget proposal published March 20. However, little attention has been devoted to the fact that even the CBO budget projections look very optimistic.
A recent report issued through the Missouri State Highway Patrol is stirring alarm among citizens and some elected officials that Christians, political conservatives, and opponents of unconstitutional government action are being targeted for intimidation and harassment — or worse. The drafters of the report clearly are attempting to create in the minds of law-enforcement personnel an association between violent “right-wing extremists” and the millions of law-abiding Americans who oppose gun control, the United Nations, the Federal Reserve System, the income tax, illegal immigration, and abortion.
It is said that on the final day of deliberation at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, a female passerby asked an exiting Ben Franklin, "Well Doctor, what have we got — a republic or a monarchy?" He replied, "A Republic, if you can keep it." But if Ben Franklin were alive today to witness the unlimited, king-like power of President Barack Obama, he would answer that we are definitely living under an elected monarch.
Obama’s administration notified the French sponsors of the United Nations declaration that calls for the decriminalization of homosexuality around the world that the United States was now willing to sign on. The UN’s supposedly non-binding document was signed by all 27 EU members, 70 countries in total, but not the United States, until now.
Just when it looked like things couldn't get any worse for Illinois Sen. Roland Burris, it got worse. The state's governor and its senior U.S. senator, Majority Whip Richard Durbin, had already called for his resignation over his conflicting testimonies about his contacts with Rod Blagojevich, the scandal-rich governor who appointed Burris to the Senate seat formerly held by Barack Obama.
Over the past several months, a steady drumbeat in elite media circles has been pounding out a persistent theme: global crises have exposed the limits of national sovereignty and underscored the necessity for nations to embrace "global governance."
Governor Mark Sanford (R) of South Carolina has repeatedly made national headlines by being one of the fiercest critics of President Barack Obama's stimulus plan. Controversy arose when rumors surfaced that Sanford might reject some or even all of the stimulus money for South Carolina.
When President Barack Obama discussed earmark reform last week, he favorably cited the recently enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as an example of legislation devoid of any congressional earmarks. But this gargantuan $787 billion “stimulus” plan that he championed is not devoid of new spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of the bill's total cost.
Governor Mark Sanford (R) of South Carolina has been a vocal critic of President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan, and in the process has become one of the most prominent fiscal conservatives in the country. Recently, he made national news when he announced his plan to accept the stimulus funds but sought a waiver from the president to use 25 percent of it to pay down state debt rather than spend it on suggested programs (the other 75 percent is determined by formulas). If Obama doesn’t grant the waiver, Sanford has said he will reject the funds.