Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
President Obama instructed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to deliver to his desk a comprehensive overhaul of the healthcare system in America and make it happen for under $900 million. No sooner had the roll been called in the Senate chamber and the requisite 60 votes counted, Senator Reid was crowing about how his package came in under the budget set by the president. At the unveiling of his legislation, Reid was quick to point to the bill’s bottom line: $849 billion. That gives the President about $51 million in change.
Among conservatives, the current of resentment and fury-fired indignation at a Congress and President consistently overstepping their constitutional bounds runs deep and swift. Now come those who would divert this wide channel of displeasure into a percolating stream of revenue.
In an effort to rid the GOP of what some of its members derisively call RINOs (Republicans in Name Only), self-styled conservative party leaders have developed a 10-point loyalty scorecard by which it intends to measure every Republican seeking elective office in the upcoming 2010 election cycle.
A federal district court held last Wednesday that the federal government generally and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers specifically were culpably negligent in the failure of Corps-constructed levees to withstand the rising tide caused by the landfall of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005.
While completing his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Major Nidal Hasan told an audience of fellow physicians that the army should excuse Muslim soldiers from serving in combat zones where they would be fighting others of their faith. If Muslims in the U.S. Armed Forces were not thus afforded conscientious objector status, then there could be “adverse effects,” Hasan warned.
“What did you know and when did you know it?” was the infamously blunt question asked of President Richard Nixon regarding his involvement in the Watergate scandal. His unwillingness to answer that query eventually brought down his entire administration, culminating in his own historic resignation from office. Now that same question, instead of being asked of a President, is being asked by a President in regard to the Ft. Hood shooter and what if anything officials could have done to have prevented the recent tragedy.
In a recent interview with CBS's Early Show anchor, Harry Smith, former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney compared President Obama’s hesitation to announce and stick to a consistent policy in Afghanistan to Hamlet’s immortal vacillations as contained in Shakespeare’s poignant “To be or not to be” soliloquy:
In American politics there is no adage truer than "The more something changes the more it stays the same." The latest piece of evidence offered to prove this maxim is the Obama administration's request that a lawsuit in San Francisco seeking damages against the government for information obtained through a warrantless wiretap be thrown out because of potential threats to national security.
It has been just over one year since the U.S. Army announced that the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team was being placed under the direct control of the US Army Northern Command (NORTHCOM), and was being indefinitely reassigned as an “on-call federal response force” for emergencies of all sorts, natural and man-made, including terrorist attacks, within NORTHCOM's area of responsibility — the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
State GOP lawmakers in South Carolina are furious at Governor Mark Sanford over his admitted adulterous affair and associated misuse of state funds and resources. However, the 73 legislators stopped short of forcing the governor's resignation or initiating impeachment proceedings per the procedures set forth in the state constitution.