Karen Handel, Georgia secretary of state, issued a scathing press release following a decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to deny preclearance for Georgia's (already implemented) plan to verify the legitimacy of its voter-registration lists, including verifying whether or not applicants are U.S. citizens. Because Georgia, like many other southern states, must pre-clear its voting procedures with the U.S. Department of Justice, denial of preclearance equates to denial of permission to do it.
Dr. Ron Paul’s son, Rand Paul, has formed an exploratory campaign for U.S. Senate from Kentucky. Rand Paul is similar to his father in ideology; he favors a strict application of the Constitution to federal government matters, thus opposes the Federal Reserve Bank and the U.S. Department of Education and supports lower taxes and less spending.
Will Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, be for Republicans and for conservatives in general what many have dubbed Vice President Joe Biden? Biden has been called “the gift that keeps on giving” because of his tendency to stick one and Sotomayor may have some of the same rhetorical tendencies.
The Obama administration on May 27 released a 28-page report trumpeting all that has been accomplished in the first 100 days since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law. Entitled Recovery Report: 100 Days, 100 Projects, the booklet claims to list 100 projects that have been accomplished through stimulus funding. But the accuracy of specific details in the report has already been called into question, most notably — and perhaps surprisingly — by ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper.
The nomination of U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court is bound to produce some interesting confirmation hearings. There is definitely a fight to be made over the judge’s views on things like affirmative action and the role of the judiciary and whether she really believes that courts of appeals are “where policy is made,” which a YouTube video has shown her saying.
President Obama announced the merger of the Homeland Security Council with that of the National Security Council in order to make Americans safer, he said. Also included are several measures hinted at but yet to be delineated.
The Left is in a tizzy over Izzy. More precisely, they are in a tizzy over the latest revelations exposing the late I.F. "Izzy" Stone as worse than a god with feet of clay. Documents from the KGB archives show that instead of being the sainted, fiercely independent crusading journalist he pretended to be, Stone was, in fact, a Soviet agent, a toady for Stalin, one of the most vile, murderous tyrants ever to have stalked the planet.
Left-wing MSNBC pundit Rachel Maddow has aired a surprisingly penetrating critique of President Barack Obama’s new prolonged detention, or preventive detention, policy, a policy announced in Obama’s May 21 speech at the National Archives. Under this policy, suspected terrorists may be held indefinitely by the executive branch without trial, based on the presumption that they may commit a crime in the future.
Chicago radio “shock jock” Erich “Mancow” Muller took his listeners’ advice and voluntarily underwent waterboarding on May 22 and reluctantly concluded it was “torture.” Mancow had earlier pooh-poohed the conclusion that waterboarding was torture (though the U.S. government prosecuted as war criminals some Japanese soldiers who had conducted waterboarding against U.S. soldiers, and even court-martialed a U.S. soldier who had engaged in it in Vietnam). Vanity Fair journalist Christopher Hitchens also volunteered to be waterboarded last year after being challenged to do so.
President Barack Obama in a May 21 speech outlined a new policy of preventive detention, without trial, for people he suspects might commit crimes in the future. Flanked by copies of the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence in the address at the National Archives, Obama’s speech would have been more appropriately given at the Blu-Ray release of the 2002 Steven Spielberg movie Minority Report.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been forced to meet with state legislative leaders “to begin the painful process of slashing state spending after voters rejected five ballot measures intended to balance the budget through a mix of tax increases, borrowing and the reallocation of state money,” reported the New York Times on May 20. “The only ballot measure to succeed was one that prevented lawmakers and constitutional officers from getting raises in times of fiscal distress.”