DHSIn May Minnesota and Alaska became the eighth and ninth states whose legislatures have rejected Real ID, joining Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Washington. A dozen more states have approved resolutions calling for the costs of the Real ID program to be fully covered by Congress or the act repealed.

Dennis HastertThe Washington, D.C., lobbying law firm Dickstein Shapiro announced on May 31 that former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois) is joining the firm as a senior adviser.

Bob BarrIt took six ballots before Bob Barr, a former four-term Republican Congressman from Georgia, won the nomination of the Libertarian Party at its Denver Convention on the Memorial Day weekend.

George BushPresident Bush joined over 1,100 participants at the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Middle East conference at Sharm el-Sheihk, Egypt, May 18-20. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict was one of the center-stage items, and the conference provided added pressure to follow through with the U.S.-backed Paris donor conference pledges of 2007, at which the United States and other countries promised a massive $7.7 billion aid package to the Palestinian Authority run by terrorist Mahmoud Abbas and the PLO.

Iran mapIs President Bush planning a military strike against Iran (and perhaps Syria too) before leaving office? The administration’s internationalist neoconservative advisers continue to push for it, as does the neocon talk-radio chorus. The president gave some telling nods in that direction during his recent Middle East trip.

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