In response to evidence that rank-and-file members and supervisors within the New York City Department of Sanitation intentionally refused to carry out their duties after the recent blizzard as a way to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s policies, the New York City Council is launching hearings on Monday January 10 into the matter. Prompted by the uncovering of damning evidence by Queens Councilman Dan Halloran, the Council is holding two citywide oversight hearings, as well as a series of public hearings to fully gauge the impact of the sanitation department and union’s failure to adequately respond to the crippling snowstorm.
After a tough and hard-fought campaign from primary battles to the general election, the Tea Party’s efforts paid off on Wednesday, January 5, 2011, with the official swearing-in ceremony of 12-term Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) and his son and political newcomer Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in the U.S. Senate.
Is Michelle Bachmann running for president? Considering…. yes, her office confirmed on January 5th, she was considering a run. If so, then the Congresswoman brings something different from most other potential Republican candidates whose names have been floated: She has been elected from a very “progressive” state, but Michelle Bachmann has remained as true to the principles of limited, constitutional government as any member of Congress. That ought to mean a lot to those of us interested in truly draining the swamps of the Potomac. Consider other potential candidates.
When President Obama announced the appointment on January 6 of former Clinton administration Commerce Secretary William Daley as his new Chief of Staff, he had nothing but high praises for him, calling him a "patriot" who represented a position of moderation without histrionics. It also smacked of nepotism, continuing the circular flow of Obama insiders from the political machinery of Chicago to Washington and back again.
Some newly elected Republicans came to the House of Representatives with a very clear agenda: to change the course of Washington politics. One measure by which they plan to do so is to target the various “czars” serving in the Obama administration.
Following the petulant pronouncement from the Obama administration’s chief economics advisor that any suggestion of not raising the debt ceiling was engaging in a “game of chicken,” two other establishment types noisily concurred.
The new session of the U.S. House of Representatives read the full text of the U.S. Constitution on the House floor January 6, the first time the full text of the 1787 document had ever been read on the floor, congressional historians told the Associated Press. But the liberal media used the occasion to ridicule the very idea of taking the founding document seriously.
After two years Robert Gibbs, Press Secretary for President Barack Obama, has announced his intention to step down from his White House post. His resignation is expected to take effect after this month's State of the Union address. According to the Washington Post, Gibbs "will then hit the lucrative speaking circuit and become a paid consultant to the Obama reelection campaign." Indications are strong that the President intends to run again in 2012. The short list of replacement possibilities for Gibbs includes his own deputies Bill Burton and Josh Earnest, in addition to Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell and the Vice-President's press secretary Jay Carney.
The Department of Homeland Security made national headlines forming a new "partnership" with Walmart using a 40 second video statement by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano that asked Walmart shoppers to inform on their neighbors back in December. Napolitano says in the video message, which is being played in Walmart stores across the country:
Given its recent quest to overturn the sovereignty of the states, and the sovereignty of the people, it is not surprising to learn that the Department of Justice is re-branding itself in a manner that makes its efforts seem even more menacing.
In anticipation of a full-fledged GOP attack on Obama’s signature healthcare law, congressional Democrats are in the process of planning an “all fronts” defense of the new law as new House speaker John Boehner’s scheduled January 12 vote to repeal the measure approaches.