Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) announced on Tuesday the Republican budget plan to take into the election debate; it is in sharp contrast to the Obama administration’s budget announced last month. Two key differences stand out: reducing the number of income tax brackets from the current six to just two (10 percent and 25 percent), and cutting corporate income tax rates from 35 percent currently to 25 percent. The Obama administration wants to raise taxes instead.  
For proof that the Obama “recovery” remains unimpressive compared to previous recoveries, Cato Institute scholar Dan Mitchell gathered evidence from a number of sources to make his point.  
The conflict in Nigeria between the government and Islamic terrorists has claimed its latest victims, with at least 10 people dead and five wounded. The growing problem of Islamic terrorism in Nigeria drew brief, worldwide attention when dozens were killed and at least 100 were injured in a series of Christmas Day attacks last year. The two most recent assaults once again targeted Christians, and raise questions about the ability of the government to successfully combat Islamist terrorism.  
Founder Julian Assange of the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks plans to run for a seat in the Australian Senate while under house arrest in the United Kingdom, according to an announcement made by his organization over the weekend. The next election is expected sometime late in 2013 at the earliest.  
President Obama’s reelection campaign reported Monday that it raised more than $45 million in February, a significant boost from the $29.1 million raised in January but far behind what it collected in February of 2008. "In February, 348,000 people donated to raise over $45 million for this campaign," read a tweet posted by the campaign. "Thank you."  
The pressure of the continuing countdown to Monday, March 26, when the Supreme Court takes on the challenge to ObamaCare, has forced legal advisors to the White House to change their strategy in hopes of successfully rebuffing it and preserving the Obama administration’s key legislative victory signed into law in March, 2010.
Many years ago, I learned of an episode in the life of a promising young black man that is relevant to things happening now. He had been educated at a good school, and went on to receive degrees at good colleges and universities. Then he went for a Ph.D. in mathematics at one of the leading departments in that field.  
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), an aggressive pro-homosexual activist group, has launched a campaign targeted at silencing conservative, Christian, and pro-family commentators who offer the media perspective that is often at odds with political efforts to normalize homosexual behavior. According to a GLAAD press release, the group’s Commentator Accountability Project is supposedly aimed at educating the media “about the extreme rhetoric of over three dozen activists who are often given a platform to speak in opposition to [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] people and the issues that affect their lives.”  
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum's interview on ABC's This Week Sunday appeared to be going well until guest host Jonathan Karl asked the former Pennsylvania Senator about another in his long history of wrong-way endorsements. Santorum, whose outspoken anti-abortion stand has helped him win the support of many of the GOP's socially conservative voters, had to explain why in 1995 he backed the short-lived presidential candidacy of fellow Pennsylvanian, Sen. Arlen Specter, an equally determined and outspoken "pro-choice" Republican.
Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was unseated nine years ago after refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse, has secured the Republican nomination for the office and is considered the favorite to win back his seat in November. Moore defeated incumbent Chief Justice Chuck Malone and a state circuit judge in the primary March 13, winning in 62 of the 67 Alabama counties to take the GOP nomination.  
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