There's some new support for Scott Brown in his quest for the U.S. Senate seat in New Hampshire. Citing the candidate's "national security credentials", John Bolton has stepped forward to endorse Mr. Brown, and also contribute a tidy $10,000 to his primary and general election campaign.
"Each and every one of us has a God-given right — and duty — to defend freedom. That's why Campaign for Liberty is giving away a brand new Colt LE6920MP-B AR-15 equipped with a red dot sight. And so says Ron Paul to fans of his nonprofit activist group, which champions liberty, fiscal responsibility and lots more.
Alaska is currently wrestling with a native language challenge: how to translate the state's longest tax measure for local populations? Due on the public ballot in August, the tax forms and informational pamphlet that accompanies the measure are some 50 pages long - and both documents must be translated into Yup'ik, Inupiak, Siberian Yupik, Koyukon Athabascan and Gwich'in Athabascan - the local dialects in the region.
For some presidents, once is enough in the White House. A lucky few managed to eke out two terms, and only one stayed on for four. And while Americans get a little nervous when it comes to multiple presidential terms, a substantial amount still wish that certain presidents had stayed on beyond their eight years in the big mansion on Pennsylvania Avenue.
"If Republicans unite around the position that all or substantially all of the most recent wave of illegal entrants should be sent back to their home countries as soon as possible, it will give them a big boost as the election season begins to heat up," one analyst advises.
This might be some federal funding that even the most frugal patriot would approve of. The National Park Service has awarded $1.3 million in preservation grants to help protect, document and interpret 75 of America’s significant battlefield lands. Time and urban progress have taken their toll on such sites, which are heavy with history.
It's been a decade since the 9/11 Commission issued a comprehensive report about the terrorist attacks on American soil that "changed everything," according to much of the public. The commission has a new follow-up. The 48-page report released Tuesday is grim, determined and factual.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has already spent $500 million trying to maintain order and security in the Rio Grand Valley.
"U.S. voters are overwhelmingly convinced that Russia had a hand in the shootdown of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over Ukraine, but they also strongly believe any punishment should be a multinational one and not come from just the United States alone," says a Rasmussen Reports released Monday.
A new term for the diplomatic lexicon: "Sustainable quiet". Simply put, it's a strategic goal for the Middle East suggested by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to several news organizations, and the Israeli people themselves.
With the Bridgegate scandal in his rear view mirror, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been re-establishing his public presence, and now visits Iowa with much on his agenda. He is just the start of a long parade of Republicans who will journey to the state in the next few weeks, led by Sen. Rand Paul and Gov. Rick Perry, among many others.
Looks like the high profile political action committee Ready for Hillary has some company. Launched Tuesday, Ready4Warren.com is a new campaign website to support a potential presidential run by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
It must be an election year - which could worry one political party in particular. Vice President Joe Biden himself is among the Democratic heavyweights who will attend Netroots Nation, which begins on Thursday in Detroit and is billed as "the largest gathering of progressives and the Democratic activist base" by organizers.
Critics say Texas Gov. Rick Perry is trying to politicize the border crisis only to bolster a potential White House run in 2016. Yes, there could be some of that going on, but Mr. Perry also has a succinct reason for speaking out, loudly and often, about the surge of young illegal immigrants: The Lone Star State has already spent a half-billion dollars on the situation.
Political observers say presidential hopefuls in both parties are increasingly reluctant to weigh in on the legalization of marijuana, either for medicinal or recreational use. It's complicated. The law enforcement backgrounds of many elected officials creates some hesitation around the pot issue.
Despite low public profiles, justices in the U.S. Supreme Court have not escaped public scrutiny. The nation pays particular attention when high profile cases draw media attention, and controversy. And now the public has weighed in on the court itself. A new survey finds that 60 percent of Americans now say the entire Supreme Court "gets too mixed up in politics."
Thirty-eight national journalism groups have written their own headlines about the state of press relations with the White House, and the federal government in general. In an open letter to President Obama, the Society of Professional Journalists and other organizations have demanded a change of policy for federal agencies that allows more access, and less official intervention from public information offices.
White House, Congress, campaigns, elections? Whatever. From the august Pew Research Center comes this headline: "One-in-10 Americans don't give a hoot about politics. These folks are simply bystanders, disengaged from the din of politicians, and the political marketplace. Judging by census statistics, those who lead a politics-free life could number 35 million people.
The news media relishes the chance to issue dire reports that the Republican Party is in complete shambles — divided, disillusioned, fatigued. Yeah, well. Things are not as bad as they are portrayed, and while the Grand Old Party is quite capable of short sprints on the campaign trail, it’s also in it for the long march.
"The Republicans and Democrats have maintained their power partly by fostering the illusion that they are significantly different from each other. Supporters are told that if the other team gets elected, the world will end. In reality, the Republicans and Democrats are so similar that it doesn't matter which of them are in power," the party says.