On Wednesday,the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted on partisan lines to bring contempt charges against Attorney General Eric Holder for not complying with subpoenas to turn over documents related to the “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal. As the vote now moves toward a full House vote, however, Attorney General Holder is indicating that he wants to negotiate, a notion House Republicans seen willing to accept.
GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney asserts that he would not need to seek congressional approval before launching war on Iran, prompting Senator Rand Paul to issue a scathing response. Senator Paul, who recently gave a controversial endorsement of Romney, made it clear that he would not support Romney's unconstitutional foreign policy.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has recently submitted a pair of anti-TSA bills, one of which would ultimately eliminate the Transportation Security Administration and turn the program over to private screeners. The other would establish a passenger "Bill of Rights." Paul commented in a statement:
While aviation security is undoubtedly important, we must be diligent in protecting the rights of all Americans, such as their freedom from being subjected to humiliating and intrusive searches by TSA agents, especially when there is no obvious cause.
It is important that the rules and boundaries of our airport screening process be transparent and easily available to travelers so that proper restraints are in place on screeners. Travelers should be empowered with the knowledge necessary to protect themselves from a violation of their rights and dignity.
According to U.S. senior defense officials, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered some slightly falsified information in order to put pressure Russia to abandon its relationship with Syria, seemingly as part of a larger agenda to intervene in Syria.
Twenty-six members of Congress — 24 Democrats and 2 Republicans (including Ron Paul) — sent a letter to President Obama demanding information on the authorization and use of drone strikes by the CIA and Joint Special Operations Command. It reads in part, “The implications of the use of drones for our national security are profound. They are faceless ambassadors that cause civilian deaths, and are frequently the only direct contact with Americans that the targeted communities have. They can generate powerful and enduring anti-American sentiment.”
The letter asks about the “nature of the follow-up that is conducted when civilians are killed or injured ... and the mechanisms that ensure civilian casualty members are collected, tracked and analyzed.”
Just in time for Father's Day, Be a Better Dad Today, written by Gregory W. Slayton, is a must-read for all fathers who are interesting in reaching their full potential as dads and husbands.
Republican lawmakers have accused Attorney General Eric Holder of obstructing their investigation into Operation Fast and Furious and have scheduled a vote for Contempt of Congress. The scheduled vote has now prompted Holder to ask for a compromise and offer to release documents he has previously withheld.
A New York City principal caused quite a stir when she banned a patriotic song from being performed at a kindergarten graduation ceremony, and opted instead for a pop-culture hit, asserting she did not want to offend other cultures. Though her decision angered local residents and parents, the New York City Board of Education has now come to her defense, prompting a great deal of debate over political correctness in the school system.
Greta Hawkins, principal at P.S. 90 Edna Cohen School in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, found herself in some hot water with parents after she asked teachers to remove the song “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood from the program for the kindergarten graduation ceremony. According to school staff, Hawkins said she was afraid that such a song might “offend other cultures.” Instead, she opted to have Justin Bieber’s hit song “Baby” played during the ceremony.
Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.) and other Republicans in Congress have accused President Obama of using security leaks that detail the counter-terror programs of his administration to “build his reputation” before the November elections.
"He's trying to be like George Patton or John Wayne," contended King, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, adding,
This is the most shameful cascade of leaks I've ever heard [of] or seen in government. It's clear from those stories this came right from the White House, came right from the National Security Council, came right from the Situation Room. ...
It has to lead to people very high up in the administration in his White House.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is being sued by environmental groups for withdrawing New Jersey from the 10-state cap and trade compact. Over the last two years, Christie has been forced to veto legislation that would reinstate New Jersey's position in the cap and trade scheme. The latest push is now coming from environmental groups National Resources Defense Council and Environment New Jersey and will give Christie an opportunity to solidify his position in court.