Politics

Given Rising Food Prices and Ethanol Demand, Do We Still Need Farm Subsidies?

Every five years, Congress must renew the legislation that provides subsidies to farmers. One has to wonder, given the election climate, if any serious consideration will be given to overhauling the system in the light of rising demand for Ethanol?

Vice President Cheney Claims Office Not Part Of Executive Branch, Exempt From Presidential Orders

Even in the face of Cheney's office's involvement in the leaking of information related to national security, such as the Valerie Plame incident, vice president Cheney has exempted his office from complying with a presidential order that sets out procedures for the safe handling of national security information.

Organized Labor Split On Immigration Bill

Some labor unions hope to gain membership from the millions of workers likely to become citizens under the bill while others are concerned about having to compete with guest workers who may not be afforded the same protections as their American counterparts.

American Confidence In Congress Down To 14%

Gallup conducts an annual survey in which they ask people about their confidence in different types of institutions. Congress has worked its way down to the basement in the poll.

U.S. Still Largest Per Capita Greenhouse Gas Emitter

"China Passes U.S. In Greenhouse Gas Emissions" is a headline you'll see in wide circulation today. It is a headline that will be used to deflect attention away from the need for the U.S. to do something about its carbon emissions. What the misleading headline doesn't tell you is that on a per capita basis, the U.S. is still just over four times that of China.

Carter Condemns Bush's and Olmert's Pledges Of Aid To Abbas Government

Following the Hamas take over of Gaza, U.S. president George W Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert have pledged to lift aid embargos and to provide other assistance to the Fatah government of Mahmoud Abbas which is being reconstituted in the West Bank. Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter has publicly denounced Bush's taking sides in the conflict saying that Hamas was properly elected to share power in the government.

Bloomberg / Hagel In 2008

Back in May, Senator Chuck Hagel expressed dismay at the course the Republican Party has taken and said he was considering an Independent Bid for the presidency. During his statement he made mention of Michael Bloomberg and expressed the possibility of a joint ticket. Yesterday, Michael Bloomberg officially dropped out of the Republican party and opened the door to a possible independent or third party bid. Could we be looking at the birth of a new national party?

Homeland Security Not Immune To Hackers

Over the last two years, the Department of Homeland Security has been hacked into over 800 times that they know of. They have been subject to virus outbreaks and even keyboard logging.

Gonzales Plans Annual Political Reviews For U.S. Attorneys

A new development from the Attorney scandal is almost impossible to believe, but I've seen it from two different sources now; so, I'm passing it on to you. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is planning to conduct annual reviews for the various U.S. Attorneys, like the eight recently fired, in which they will discuss complaints against them from politicians.

European Super-State Possibly Blair's Last Act

A few years ago, some European Union member states, including Britain rejected an EU Constitution that would have consolidated power into a European super-state. Now Blair and Merkel are planning to revive the issue.

Deal Struck On Immigration Bill

Left for dead, the Immigration bill apparently can't be counted out after all. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have announced that a deal has been struck to bring the bill back to the floor.

Gore Calls G8 Climate Deal A Disgrace

While praising the effort made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former vice president Al Gore called the watered down "deal" for further climate talks a disgrace.

Congress To Push Ethanol Production

A bill in congress, with bipartisan support, will look to increase Ethanol production in the U.S. to six times its current levels. This despite the fact that the diverting of corn into Ethanol production is already driving food prices higher at a rate faster than inflation.

Investigation Of Attorney Firings Draws Subpoenas Of Bush Staffers

Congress has subpoenaed former presidential legal counsel Harriet Miers and political director Sara Taylor to testify before committees investigation the firing of federal prosecutors.

Immigration Bill Down But Not Out

Tuesday, president Bush went to the capitol to speak to Senate Republicans about the immigration bill. Now we have news that a bipartisan group of Senators are working to overhaul the legislation in hopes of getting it passed.

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