President Obama is under fire after passing a so-called “Executive Order” threatening anyone, including American citizens, who interferes even “indirectly” with the transition to power of the new U.S. government-backed dictator of Yemen. Analysts expressed concern that the measure could be an attack on the First Amendment protection of free speech rights, suggesting that journalists and activists who oppose the Yemeni regime might find themselves targeted by the administration’s newly super-charged terror war.
On Wednesday the Senate voted down five budget proposals, reflecting gridlock and unwillingness to face reality. Four of the budget proposals were presented by Republican senators, while the fifth was based on President Obama’s budget.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is huddling with Senate Democrats to launch a joint effort to enact campaign finance reform. McCain told The Hill that he had "been having discussions with Sen. [Sheldon] Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and a couple others on the issue,” noting, “I want it to be balanced and address the issue of union contributions as well as other outside contributions.”
Judge Katherine Forrest of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a preliminary injunction on Wednesday preventing the Obama administration from exercising the indefinite detention authority ostensibly granted the President by Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2011.
House speaker John Boehner decided on Tuesday to fire the first round in the coming battle to deal with the huge tax increases taking place after the first of the year by setting the terms for the debt ceiling debate. In a speech at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s 2012 Fiscal Summit in Washington Boehner said that any discussion would revolve around his “Boehner principle” — every dollar of additional debt increase for the federal government must be matched by an equal or greater reduction in government spending.
As the Ron Paul strategy marches on, some wonder whether his thousands of supporters will accept the inevitability of a Romney nomination and throw their weight behind the former Massachusetts governor. Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Texan's campaign has repeatedly affirmed that Ron Paul isn’t going away and that he has neither ended nor suspended his campaign for the presidency. In fact, Rep. Paul’s drive to accumulate delegates at the state Republican conventions seems to be gaining momentum.
Commentators and officials said Wednesday that the United Nations had cemented its position as a discredited global laughing stock after the UN “Food Envoy” criticized Canada — one of the wealthiest nations in the world — for alleged inequality, poverty, and obesity. Critics of the global body and top Canadian policymakers promptly lambasted the organization for wasting scarce taxpayer resources “investigating” the nation and demanding reforms even as millions of people around the world starve.
Evidence strongly suggests George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., told the truth when he shot Martin in self defense. On Tuesday, ABC News released the medical report that details Zimmerman’s injuries. It is thoroughly consistent with Zimmerman’s claim that Martin savagely attacked him, forcing Zimmerman to pull his gun and shoot Martin.
Despite Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's assurances to the contrary, U.S. troops will be sent back to Yemen to help the Yemeni government track and kill militants associated with al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP).