President Obama’s nominee to head the Office of Legal Counsel, Yale-educated Dawn Johnsen, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 19, after a hearing that lacked true intensive questioning. She awaits a full Senate vote before leading the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel as the assistant attorney general.
Thanks to President Barack Obama, the family of Sgt. Brian McDonnell of the San Francisco Police Department may finally get justice. The Weather Underground, led by Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, police believe, murdered McDonnell when they detonated a bomb at the city's Park Police station on February 16, 1970.
Former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have long claimed that "a great many" terrorist plots had been foiled by Bush administration's torture policies (they called them “aggressive interrogation" techniques). But a March 29 Washington Post story reveals that the torture of Abu Zubaida, touted by the ex-president as an intelligence treasure-trove, failed to foil a single terror plot and turned up scores of false leads.
Todd Stern, the Obama administration's special envoy for climate change, told representatives of 175 nations in Bonn, Germany, on March 29, that global warming "requires a global response" and that rapidly developing economies like China "must join together" with industrialized nations to solve the problem.
The Campaign for Liberty held a regional conference on March 27-29 that was viewed as a huge gamble by participants. After all, over 10,000 people attended the rally in Minneapolis last summer that launched the constitutionalist group founded by Congressman Ron Paul. What would happen if a mere handful attend the first regional conference in St. Louis? Overheard by this writer in the registration line: “If there’s not a good showing here this weekend, the national media will have a field day declaring the Campaign for Liberty to be dead-on-arrival.”
"Two nights ago the president said, 'We haven't seen a budget yet out of Republicans.' Well, it's just not true because — here it is, Mr. President," House Minority leader Rep. John Boehner told the press March 26, holding up a blue booklet entitled The Republican Road to Recovery.
In his inaugural address, President John F. Kennedy declared, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” When he uttered those words in 1961, JFK knew that America was already a nation of volunteers who gave freely of both time and money to religious, charitable, and community institutions. Hence, he did not try to push legislation promoting altruism.
Disregarding the exponentially longer tradition of the teachings of the Catholic Church on abortion, officials at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, have elected instead to continue the much shorter tradition of having sitting presidents give the commencement address at the university’s spring graduation ceremony.
Lawrence B. Wilkerson served as chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, one of the senior Bush Administration officials that pushed the run-up to war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Last week he published a blog entry claiming that among the more than 700 people who had been detained at Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba that only “two dozen or so of the detainees who might well be hardcore terrorists.”