Driver Fined $1,000 For Vegetable Oil

North Carolina has fined a driver $1,000 for using vegetable oil to power is 1981 Mercedes. Their reason: not paying taxes on motor fuel.

Smart Growth vs Suburban Sprawl

There is a growing battle for the future of development in the U.S. That battle is over whether suburban sprawl should continue ever onward into the sunset or should we consider what anti-sprawl advocates call "Smart Growth."

Military Commissions Act a Ruse?

President Bush asked Congress in 2006 to approve the Military Commissions Act saying that it was urgently needed to give the CIA guidance on detention and interrogation techniques. A directive to the CIA outlining acceptable interrogation method was to follow, but hasn't. What's going on?

Early Survey Finds Weird Support For Candidates

The top choice for Republicans who think the Iraq war is a mistake: John McCain, a war hawk. The candidate with the most support from church-goers: Mitt Romney, a mormon. A new USA Today poll has collected some seriously weird survey results in gauging peoples attitudes about the election so far.

Hamas Takes Fatah Headquarters In Northern Gaza

Possibly gaining an upper hand in the brewing Palestinian civil war, Hamas has taken the headquarters of the Fatah security forces in Northern Gaza.

U.S. Arming Iraqi Insurgents

The U.S. military has acknowledged it's riskiest plan yet to bring peace to Iraq. They are arming Sunni insurgents who promise to use the weapons to fight Al Qaeda elements in Iraq.

Lieberman Calls For Attacks On Iran

Republicrat Joe Lieberman is calling for the U.S. to consider retaliation against Iran for the killing of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. He believes there is ample evidence of Iranian involvement in the killings and suggests we should retaliate.

Bush Commits To Passage Of Immigration Bill

Expressing his concern that the Immigration bill is stalled in Congress, president George W Bush committed to work to get the bill passed upon his return from overseas.

Bloomberg's Green Apple

In recent weeks, New York City's Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has put forth some astoundingly progressive proposals seeking to reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion.

Four More Years Of Putin?

The Russian constitution bars presidents from serving more than two consecutive terms in office but does not prevent a president from sitting out a term and then coming back. There is some speculation that Putin may do just that.

Passport Restrictions Eased Temporarily

As the reality sets in that new passport restrictions are seriously inconveniencing travelers this summer, the Bush Administration has temporarily suspended those restrictions. The suspension will last until the end of September and allows Americans to fly to and from Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean without a passport.

Democratic Proposal Would Raise Taxes For Richest

The politically tone-deaf Democratic house leadership may be seeking to raise taxes by 4.3% on the wealthy as part of a plan to fix the Alternative Minimum Tax.

Israel and Syria Preparing To Fight?

Both countries appear to be quietly building up troops on both sides of the cease-fire line established in 1967 in the Golan Heights. Syria, for it's part, has moved in rocket units similar to those employed by Hezbollah while Israel has put together a group of ministers, possibly a "war cabinet", to deal with Syrian relations.

CIA Prisons In Eastern Europe

According to high ranking government officials in Poland and Romania, and despite official denials from their governments, the CIA ran detention centers in those countries to hold, interrogate, and torture suspected terrorists after the 9/11 attacks.

Immigration Bill Dead, For Now

After failing to secure cloture, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid withdrew the bill from consideration. The cloture vote went down 45-50 with most Republicans voting against cloture.