Karen Handel, Georgia secretary of stateKaren 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.

Rand PaulDr. 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.

SotomayorWill 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.

moneyThe 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.

Sonia SotomayorThe 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.

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