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Judge John E. Jones

Legislating from the bench is a dubious phrase at best

The recent strike down of the health care reform bill has reintroduced the phrase “legislating from the bench” into the national consciousness. It isn’t the first time, and the phrase was popularized in recent years by President George W. Bush. However, the term may not actually mean very much. Not much to go on with
Heidi De Jong Barsuglia: she who gets spanked (Photo: b4tea.com)

Heidi Dejong Barsuglia Pictures | Hot Lobby, Check it and See

Young and blonde in bed with old and fat Orange County California Assemblyman Mike Duvall, 54, has been spanked by the media for his penchant for spanking and having his way with lobbyist Heidi Dejong Barsuglia, 36 (“De Jong” is actually the correct form), and at least one other woman. Now he has resigned his
Ben Ali

Escalating unrest in Tunis causes Tunisian president to flee

Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, the president of Tunisia, has fled the capital of Tunis amid growing unrest in the African nation. Protests over rising costs of essential goods, high unemployment and corruption have made the capital unstable. The Prime Minister has assumed emergency control. President Ben Ali flees Tunis amid growing unrest Frustrated Tunisians have
Tractor on a farm

Dale Peterson | Alabama Agriculture questions and answers

In some major political races, accusations of lying and cheating are being thrown around left and right, but the Dale Peterson for Alabama Agriculture Commissioner campaign isn’t taking any guff. Posted less than 24 hours ago, the Dale Peterson Alabama Agriculture Commissioner commercial has gotten almost a half-million hits on YouTube. This video is sure
File photo of President Obama staring out a window. He appears to be deep in thought.

Obama deficit commission considers raising retirement age

The federal deficit is in excess of $1 trillion, which will make the work ahead for President Obama’s bipartisan deficit commission difficult. However, as the Associated Press reports, commission leaders Erskine Bowles and Sen. Alan Simpson already have a dramatic plan of attack that will prove controversial. Reducing cost-of-living increases to government pensions, raising the
David Paterson

David Paterson drops reelection bid

NY Governor David Paterson will not seek another term Governor of New York State, David Paterson has announced that he will not seek another term as Governor of New York.  Paterson took over the office of previous governor Eliot Spitzer. Spitzer resigned from office in the wake of a scandal where he had been caught
Ted Kennedy campaigning in 1962 (Photo: commons.wikimedia.org)

Sen. Ted Kennedy, 77, Dies After Brain Cancer Battle

One of the “most accomplished Americans” in history Those were the words of President Barack Obama from his eulogy for Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, the last surviving brother in what the Associated Press (at http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gs1RXaMtEaB8vsTCm-ol_zVcTexgD9AAKC8G0) calls “an enduring political dynasty.” Democratic Senator Kennedy died due to complications caused by brain cancer. He was 77
illinois tax increase

Illinois lawmakers approve largest tax increase in state history

An Illinois tax increase of 66 percent was approved by the state’s legislature Wednesday. The state of Illinois, reeling from years of fiscal mismanagement, has been looking for ways to narrow a $15 billion budget deficit. The Illinois income tax increase, the largest in the state’s history, is a desperate step to solve budget woes
right wing pundit

Moment of silence fails to quiet right wing media personalities

A moment of silence on the White House lawn was a gesture by President Obama for the victims of Jared Lee Loughner. The moment of silence was observed in places ranging from the U.S. Supreme court to the Detroit Auto Show. A moment of silence was not observed by right wing media personalities, who used
Mark Sanford, current governor of South Carolina.

South Carolina House overturns veto of payday loan bill

On June 7, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford issued a veto of H.3790, a payday loan bill that would have extended the payment term of the standard loans to an untenable 120 days or more while still requiring the same fees. Furthermore, H.3790 would have eliminated unsecured loans in South Carolina and outlawed the common

Mortgage modification programs under fire from Republicans

The federal mortgage modification program is fast becoming a target for criticism as a failed program. Congressional Republicans have announced intentions on scrapping federal mortgage relief programs, which have been dismal failures. Foreclosures on failing mortgages? have slowed, but procedural issues are hampering the foreclosure processes nationwide. Failed mortgage relief programs prime target for spending
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Rex 84 | Your Internment Camp Awaits You

What’s an Internment Specialist, daddy? “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” – Thomas Jefferson Did you know that the United States Army National Guard has been advertising job openings for “Internment Specialists?” Who would we be rounding up for internment, anyway? The United States hasn’t
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

Arizona immigration law slammed by Napolitano, others

Ever since the Arizona immigration law was signed by Governor Jan Brewer, condemnations have been pouring in.  The law has been pilloried by the President, and recently, Meghan McCain, Janet Napolitano and the Government of Mexico.  While the debate for now is over the methods, something has to be done about the issue.  Arizona as
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Prop 8 stay granted by California judge

After Judge Vaughn Walker overturned Proposition 8, the California initiative that banned gay marriage in the state, he issued a temporary hold on any new marriages taking place. Today, he ruled that he will extend the hold on further same sex marriages. It is expected that the defense for Prop 8 will appeal the ruling.
pete rouse will replace rahm emanuel as white house cheif of staff

Pete Rouse faces tough task as new White House chief of staff

Pete Rouse, a top White House aid, has been appointed to replace Rahm Emanuel as White House chief of staff. Rouse is described as a low-key fixer, in sharp contrast to the volatile Emanuel, who is leaving the White House to run for mayor of Chicago. Rouse, a long-time Washington insider, is taking a job
Gene Sperling speaking in 2008 at a Center for American Progress Action Fund event.

Gene Sperling is new U.S. National Economic Council director

To fill the void left by controversial (and recently resigned) Lawrence Summers, President Obama has named Gene Sperling as the new director of the administration’s National Economic Council. The Huffington Post calls Sperling a “veteran policy and political player.” Considering the divided nature of the current Congress, experts predict Gene Sperling will have difficult economic

$15 billion jobs bill passes Senate 70-28

13 Republicans and two Independents cross the aisle Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D) calls it “investing in America.”  After a 70-28 vote in the Senate, the $15 billion Democratic jobs bill to stimulate job creation has passed with 55 Democrats, 13 Republicans and two Independents saying yes. Considering just how far the American workforce and