On January 9, 2010, an apparently fit, though slightly limping Umar Abdulmutallab entered the courtroom wearing the familiar khaki trousers, plain white t-shirt, and ankle bracelets that are the usual uniform of federal prisoners. The defendant was flanked by his attorney, a federal public defender, Miriam Siefer. Abdulmutallab was arraigned in a Detroit federal court. The 23-year-old Nigerian stood before a magistrate, and Siefer pled not guilty to all charges on behalf of her client.
Three years after passage of the Tea Act by the British Parliament, colonists were fed up to the point of dumping 342 chests of the iconic British beverage into Boston Harbor and becoming thereby icons themselves. The men (estimates range from as few as 30 to as many as 130) refused finally to be placated by repeated promises of change and reform and, rather than wait for legislative response, they exercised the Lockean right of “self-defense” and defended their God-given right and constitutional rights.
President Obama admits his cap-and-trade plans probably do not have enough support to pass the Senate this year. Obama made the concession at a Tuesday town hall meeting in Nashua, New Hampshire, expressing regrets that his plan to charge companies for greenhouse-gas emissions will likely suffer defeat.
U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg, (R-N.H.), is insisting that the government obey the law, an idea some Washington insiders might find rather quaint in 21st century America. Gregg has taken sharp issue with President Obama's plan to use money repaid by beneficiaries of the 2008 bailout of large financial institutions to fund a new program aimed at helping small businesses. Gregg, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, helped write the Toxic Assets Relief Program law and the Granite State Republican argues the repayments should be used to bring down the national debt, as the law requires.
During the second week of January, while the White House and Congress were locked in combat over major issues in the proposed nationalized healthcare legislation — abortion coverage, rationing, end-of-life counseling, costs — the administration declared its intention to push forward with a $63 billion global ObamaCare plan.
Congress is acting to shackle Obama's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the its efforts to impose strict regulations on greenhouse gas emissions. Two bills before Congress and a resolution in the Senate have already garnered impressive bi-partisan support.
President Obama didn't even get past the title of his budget before starting the lies. “A New Era of Responsibility,” President Obama's fiscal 2011 budget proposal, would increase the current year deficit to a new record $1.56 trillion. That's an increase in the size of the deficit of $300 billion since his fiscal 2010 budget last spring. The new budget proposal would also increase the fiscal 2011 deficit to $1.267 trillion, an increase by the same $300 billion figure over his proposal last year, and more than double the national debt from its current $12 trillion to more than $25 trillion over 10 years.
It took just 37 minutes for a jury in Wichita, Kansas, to find anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder guilty of murdering later-term abortionist George Tiller.