President Obama's campaign tried to walk back his July 13 “You didn't build that” remarks about small businesses in America in a series of video statements July 25.
In a startling front-page report published this month, the New York Times openly admitted that reporters from virtually every national media outlet were letting the administration, as well as the Barack Obama and Mitt Romney presidential campaigns, alter the quotes in news stories before publication. Analysts, the alternative media, and even some establishment figures promptly lambasted the controversial practice, sparking something of an international scandal while leading to demands for an immediate end to what opponents called “censorship.”
Several establishment media outlets have already announced that they would no longer permit the practice. Others promised to offer readers full disclosure if sources were allowed to review and approve their statements before publication. But the uproar over the news is still growing, and it is likely to shake the bizarre — critics say "corrupt" — U.S. media culture to its core.
On Monday, Senator Dianne Feinstein, a key Democrat leader on the Senate Intelligence Committee, stated that the classified leaks may have come from the White House, though she expressly stated that she does not believe the President to be one of the leakers. But Dianne Feinstein’s statement has caused such a stir that she has begun to backtrack from her assertion.
The Wall Street Journal reported July 22 that Mitt Romney has gathered a coterie of establishment neoconservatives interested in war with Iran. “Mitt Romney is relying on both moderate and hawkish neoconservative advisers as he embarks this week on his first overseas trip as the presumptive Republican presidential candidate,” the Journal reported.
In launching the first U.S.-based International AIDS Conference in more than 20 years, advocates are pushing for more attention and a boost in government funding for the 31-year-old epidemic. Dumping more money onto the already mounting pile of global AIDS funding could realistically cure the pandemic, supporters said Sunday during the event’s opening ceremony.
The U.S. Supreme Court may soon take up a case to determine the constitutionality of the "insanity" plea. A brief has been filed on behalf of Joseph Delling, who in 2007 killed two men and injured one, asserting that he is a type of Jesus and that the men he targeted were stealing his energy. The brief asserts that by denying Delling the right to plead "insanity," the state of Idaho has violated his constitutional rights.
The unveiling of another lavish employee event has added to the General Services Administration’s (GSA) already scandal-ridden status as a corrupt government agency notorious for taxpayer waste. Only three months after GSA officials were exposed for having spent more than $800,000 on a Las Vegas training conference, the department’s inspector general is launching an investigation into a Washington event that cost a sizable $270,000.
While continuing to thwart his supporters’ efforts to force them to obey their own rules, the Republican Party is trying to make a show of playing nice with the legions of those faithful to Ron Paul and his campaign for President and for liberty.
"If you're concerned about it, maybe there's a reason we should be flying over you, right?" That’s the callous response of one drone trade group representative when asked his opinion of those who worry about the increasing use of the unmanned aerial vehicles and the corresponding decrease in privacy and civil liberties.
A Forbes article says there's a real threat of U.S. ratification of the UN arms treaty under now-increased pressure to “do something” after the Aurora shootings.
Furthermore, drawing from R. J. Rummel's revealing work, Death by Government, we can conclude that there are worse things than a lone (or supported) shooter. What’s immeasurably worse is when the government itself has unlimited power over its people.