The United States Senate voted today to approve the legislation that will temporarily extend the Bush-era tax cuts to all Americans. The 81-19 vote took place two days after Monday’s Senate cloture vote of 83-15, which ultimately ended the Republican filibuster and moved the bill to a final vote. The cloture vote allowed for an additional 30 hours of debate on the legislation, ultimately delaying the final vote on the legislation until today at approximately 1 p.m.
The House of Representatives voted 250 to 175 today to repeal the 17-year-old military policy “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT). The legislation once again moves back to the Senate, where a vote is expected to take place sometime next week, at the very earliest if at all, report Senate aides.
The results of this year's election for U.S. Senator in Alaska are now being argued in the Alaska Supreme Court. The legal battle for this Senate seat began in federal court where U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline ruled that it should be settled in a state court, but also granted a temporary injunction halting certification of the election based on the Miller campaign's raising of "serious" legal issues.
Recently released transcripts from the Nixon White House tapes show President Richard Nixon had a penchant for racist, anti-Semitic, and other prejudicial remarks. Recorded between February and March 1973 and recently released along with thousands of pages of previously classified materials from the Nixon administration, the tapes show a President who harbored pronounced stereotypes about blacks, Jews, and other ethnic minorities.
The Transportation Security Administration has undergone harsh criticism in recent months for its use of naked body scanners during screenings. The majority of the criticism has focused on the constitutionality and intrusiveness of the scanners. New studies reveal, however, that there is yet another reason to oppose the airport naked body scanners: they fail to secure airports.
While the Senate is undergoing significant deliberation proceedings regarding the tax cut bill, Senate Democrats indicate that they have not forgotten about the U.S.-Russia Nuclear Arms Treaty, START. Much to the chagrin of Senate Democrats, however, Republicans are threatening to delay proceedings on the Treaty, as well as other pieces of legislation.
On October 18, brothers Jesus and Jose Martinez were robbed of over $190,000 by an armed man. They know who the man is and who employs him, and both the thief and his employer have admitted stealing the money. They took his employer to court to retrieve their money. A judge ordered the money returned, but the employer has refused to return it, saying that he has since passed it on to his superiors, who in turn have no intention of returning it.
Government rules by command and not consent. The marketplace represents the rational valuation of things based upon mutual consent. Because the power of the state is a “jealous god,” when ordinary people try to create some sort of private protection against the caprice of politicians, government usually comes back with a lash. We see this in a number of ways these days.
Much to everyone’s surprise, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has announced his intent to run for a second term. His news came on the same day that Fox News predicted that Steele would declare that in fact he would not be seeking re-election.Fox News reported on Monday afternoon, “Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele will speak with RNC members Monday evening in which he is expected to announce a decision about whether to make another run for the party chairmanship. A handful of well-placed and influential RNC insiders tell Fox News they expect Steele to announce he is not running for re-election.”
The court martial proceeding of Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin of Greeley, Colorado began today at Ford Meade, Maryland. Lakin is an army doctor who disobeyed orders to deploy to Afghanistan, alleging that his objection to follow the deployment orders results from questions over President Barack Obama’s citizenship.