On February 17, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel, seated in Charleston, South Carolina, dismissed a lawsuit filed by Jose Padilla against Defense Secretary Robert Gates, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and other Bush administration officials for their participation in violating his constitutional rights.
The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) has once again found itself embroiled in controversy, as two of its agents were discovered stealing $39,000 from passengers’ checked luggage, and were charged Wednesday. A law enforcement source reports that TSA agents Couman Perad and Davon Webb both admitted to looting a total of up to $160,000 from a variety of passengers in a period of several months at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, and that the two agents committed the theft of $39,000 on January 30, the same day the investigation into their theft began. According to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, as reported in the New York Post:
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has taken sharp exception to President Barack Obama's criticism of the Republican Governor's proposed emergency legislation that would limit collective bargaining agreements affecting most public employees. Obama called the plan an "assault" on unions. Walker has said the legislation is made necessary by the state's runaway deficit. The governor told Fox News Friday morning that the President would be well advised to concentrate on budget and deficit problems in Washington, D.C. rather than Madison, Wisconsin.
In what could become the mother of all Big Bird battles, or Armageddon for the Aardvark, congressional supporters of public television labored into literally the eleventh hour Wednesday night to save the federal subsidy for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. But eliminating that subsidy, which supporters say is vital to maintaining programs of the Public Broadcasting System, remains part of legislation being pushed by House Republicans to cut no less than $61 billion from the federal budget for the current fiscal year, which began last October 1.
It seems that Charles ("Charlie") Rangel (D-N.Y.) is seeking another two years in the House of Representatives. Although as yet he has made no formal announcement, he has filed a statement of candidacy for what would be his 22nd consecutive term.
A coalition of socialists, government-union members, and other protestors — some of whom were reportedly bussed in from out of state — wreaked havoc in Madison, Wisconsin, in recent days while demonstrating against proposed budget cuts and a bill that would prevent most government employees from collectively demanding ever-increasing salaries and benefits.
The biennial meeting of the Texas State Legislature always promises to be the best entertainment in town, and this year’s free-for-all is no exception. Republican State Representative Lois Kolkhorst from tiny Brenham, Texas filed a bill yesterday which, if passed, would give state law enforcement officers a new way to help enforce federal immigration laws. This slightly unusual proposal is not without some Texas-style humor.
In what is likely to be one of the most controversial votes in what promises to be a contentious legislative year, the U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday to ban all federal funding for Planned Parenthood and to eliminate a Title X program that provides aid for family planning and reproductive health services to low-income families.
With his latest budget proposal, President Barack Obama is trying to convince the American people that after years of spending taxpayers’ money like water and running up record debts, he has suddenly become a debt hawk. In a February 15 press conference he said that under his budget “we’re not going to be running up the credit card anymore.” Two days earlier, Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew told CNN’s Candy Crowley that “our budget will get us, over the next several years, to the point where ... we’re not adding to the debt anymore.”
On Tuesday, the quiet subterranean fishing expedition by the government into the WikiLeaks document disclosures last fall came to light for the first time in the courtroom of U. S. Magistrate Judge Theresa Carroll Buchanan in Alexandria, Virginia. In its search for incriminating evidence, the government demanded that Twitter release information about three suspects linked to WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange: Birgitta Jonsdottir (a former WikiLeaks “activist”), and Rop Gonggrijp and Jacob Applebaum, two computer programmers.
New Jersey�s Republican Governor Chris Christie gave a captivating speech in Washington, D.C. yesterday that has some members of the conservative movement excitedly making another push for Christie to seek a 2012 presidential bid, despite Christie�s assertions that he was uninterested in doing so.