Simpson voted for the original Patriot Act and its continued extension last year, despite the fact that it allows warrantless searches in flagrant violation of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. On foreign policy, Simpson's voting record demonstrates a belief that the President can ignore Congress and the U.S. Constitution and take the nation to war without the explicit consent of Congress. Simpson voted against the Kucinich amendment last year to require a vote of Congress before American servicemen's lives were put at risk in Libya. Simpson backed all major Republican-supported entitlement spending during his congressional tenure: 2001's No Child Left Behind Law, the 2003 Medicare prescription drug law, and the TARP bailout in 2008.
In a first-ever investigation of its type, the United Nations dispatched a professor to the United States on an official visit to research and report on the living conditions of America’s indigenous population. Professor James Anaya, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, arrived in the United States on Monday and will carry out his visit through May 4, traveling to Arizona, Alaska, Oregon, South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Washington, D.C.
Over the weekend, President Barack Obama signed an executive order granting himself power to impose sanctions against companies that are suspected of assisting the Syrian and Iranian regimes of employing information technology to carry out human rights abuses.
President Barack Obama, a Democrat, wants Congress to extend a student loan interest rate cut set to expire in July; Mitt Romney, the odds-on favorite to head the Republican ticket opposing Obama in November, agrees. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican considered a likely running mate for Romney, is pushing a bill that would allow young illegal immigrants to remain in the United States legally under certain conditions; Romney refuses to say whether he supports it despite having privately endorsed it. What gives?
A black man in Chicago has admitted being so angry about the Trayvon Martin case that he robbed and beat up a white man this week. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Alton L. Hayes II and a younger accomplice battered the victim and made racially intimidating remarks.
This is “cybersecurity week,” according to Brock Meeks at Wired.com when CISPA (the Orwellian-named Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) is scheduled to move to the House floor for a vote. Offered originally before SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) and its sister PIPA (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act) were blown up in January, Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich., left) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) have offered some amendments to the bill (H.R. 3523) to soften some of its critics and to avoid the same result.
“I think the Affordable Care Act is the single least popular piece of major domestic legislation in the last 70 years. It was not popular when it passed; it’s less popular now. I think the worst thing that could happen to Barack Obama’s reelection campaign would be if he had to spend four months this fall explaining what ObamaCare 2 would look like.”
In a well-researched article published online last month by The New American, Brian Koenig succinctly described capital cronyism. Koenig writes:
Crony capitalism, also referred to as “cronyism,” takes place when entities use the power and authority of government to capitalize in the marketplace. These entities, which are often large corporations, commonly receive lavish government favors after offering public endorsements and bulky bundles of donations during an election season.
The shadowy but controversial National Security Agency (NSA) — despite U.S. law and constitutional protections — has collected most of the e-mails sent and received by Americans, agency whistleblower William Binney (left) explained during an explosive TV interview (watch video below). Phone calls and other forms of electronic communications are also routinely targeted.
By a vote of 64-34 the Alabama House of Representatives Thursday passed a slate of alterations to HB 56, the state’s anti-illegal immigration bill.
The original version of the measure passed last year was described as “one of the toughest in the nation.” Unfortunately, it was just that harshness that forced the state legislature to make changes to the language so as to increase the state’s Attorney General’s ability to defend it in court against the various legal challenges that have been filed against it.
A conservative legal group has sued the federal Homeland Security Department because it refuses to release documents relating to the arrest and possible deportation of Onyango Obama (left), the president’s illegal-alien uncle collared for drunk driving last August in Framingham, Massachusetts.