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- Russia P.M. Medvedev: No amnesty for political prisoners
- Michigan GOP Senate hopeful reminds government is the ‘servant’
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- World mourns Nelson Mandela and celebrates his life; burial set for Dec. 15
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Can New Hampshire upset CAA champion Maine and earn their spot in the playoffs? Catch the action on CSN+ starting at 12:00 p.m. this Saturday.
Fifty-four million Americans pay not a penny to the IRS. That leaves 91 million shouldering the full weight of the supersized federal government. A Tax Foundation analysis notes that the number of freeloaders has been rising steadily since the 1980s. The freeloaders will soon make up the majority.
I always have to suppress a horse laugh when conservative friends piously assure me they are "strict constructionists" when it comes to interpreting our revered U.S. Constitution. The Mosaic myth that our founding document was set in stone by visionary statesmen who studded it with inherent virtues that can be tampered with only at our peril, is just that — a myth.
The New York Times intends to take its case against the Obama administration to the Supreme Court. In July, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with administration lawyers in ruling that New York Times reporter James Risen must reveal the confidential sources he used for a series of articles and a 2006 book, "State of War," about the CIA's bungled efforts to stop Iran's nuclear program. On Tuesday, the 4th Circuit refused to change its mind, leaving the Supreme Court with the final say in the matter.
President Obama says it would be folly for the White House to negotiate with Congress over the government's debt — but the nation's founders thought differently.
"We've got to move beyond partisan politics on this issue" is the mantra employed by most candidates running for office every election cycle. Yet the more perfect union promised by the Constitution that we celebrated this week is dissolving by the day. Given, in James Madison's words, that "faction is sown into the nature of man," did our Founders attempt the impossible in seeking to establish a flourishing republic?
Few impulses are more widely shared by the American public than contempt for Congress. Though there are no doubt many reasons for this disgust, surely part of the reason stems from instances in which members of Congress seek to live under different rules than the rest of the people. This cannot continue.
W hen Edward Snowden revealed that the federal government, in direct defiance of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, was unlawfully and unconstitutionally spying on all Americans who use telephones, text messaging or emails to communicate with other people, he opened a Pandora's box of allegations and recriminations.
The National Security Agency has been lying to Congress and the public. For years, employees at the spy agency have sworn they absolutely, positively never engage in domestic snooping.