President Obama raised more than $200,000 from family members of a fugitive Mexican casino magnate who fled the United States to avoid a slew of criminal charges, including drug trafficking and fraud, the New York Times reported late Monday. The fugitive, Juan José “Pepe” Rojas Cardona, has been seeking a pardon in America even as he was reportedly engaged in widespread corruption, violence, and even assassinations of “business” rivals in Mexico.

 

Governor Mitt Romney's statement about not worrying about the poor has been treated as a gaffe in much of the media, and those in the Republican establishment who have been rushing toward endorsing his coronation as the GOP's nominee for president — with 90 percent of the delegates still not yet chosen — have been trying to sweep his statement under the rug.

 

You wonder why anyone would want to run for President of the United States.  Why, especially, would someone who has it made in the shade like Mitt Romney, with a good family, good health, good looks, good houses (a $12-million beach front compound in the LaJolla section of San Diego and a $10 million home on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire), and a net worth he estimates to be somewhere “between $150 and about $200-and-some-odd million dollars,” want to turn himself into a piñata for a year of ugly campaigning?
 
 

When Oklahoma State Senator David Holt discovered that Oklahoma was ranked the “most anti-taxpayer state in the southern United States” by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), he decided to propose amending the state’s constitution to stop the unions’ gravy train of collective bargaining contracts without taxpayer approval. His amendment says nothing about unions or collective bargaining. All he did was explain, in his press release, that if the amendment were passed, the constitution would allow local taxpayers to approve all spending of their tax dollars by local authorities for any purpose. He stated:

 

JBS CEO Art Thompson's one-minute preview video of the February JBS Bulletin.

During a recent trip to Egypt, U.S Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had some key advice for the leaders of this Middle Eastern country as it supposedly moves past a long era of oppression and dictatorship into freedom for its people: Don’t use the U.S. Constitution as a model in penning your own governing document.
 
 

On Friday attorneys for the Obama administration filed a motion with the Supreme Court requesting more time in which to make its oral arguments in defense of ObamaCare.  The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) obligates every American to purchase a qualifying health insurance policy by 2014 or be subject to a tax penalty, with failure to pay possibly resulting in imprisonment.
 
 

The Washington Post reports:  "It’s not often that Congress voluntarily surrenders power, and even less common for both parties to agree to do so."
 

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won 50 percent of the vote in the Nevada caucuses February 4. Romney's margin of victory over second-place Newt Gingrich (21 percent) and Ron Paul (19 percent) was directly a result of the 25 percent of caucus-goers who were Mormon; Romney won almost 90 percent of that demographic. (Note: After this article was originally published, the percentages in the previous sentence were updated to reflect the certified results announced Feb. 6.)

 

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) issued a five-page letter Wednesday demanding that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg disclose who authorized an effort to monitor email correspondence of a group of whistleblower scientists. In the letter, Grassley warned that FDA officials could be usurping their authority by retaliating against whistleblowers who have expressed concern with the agency’s procedures.
 
 

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