By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Wednesday described the leak about a foiled terrorist plot in Yemen to The Associated Press as a "very, very serious" matter that "put the American people at risk," but he did not remember when he recused himself from the investigation into it, did not put his recusal in writing and never told the White House.
The top U.S. commander in the Middle East warned Iran and other nations Tuesday that the United States' military is still formidable despite budget cuts that have reduced the number of its aircraft carriers in the region.
Since the liberals in Hollywood support President Obama's tax-the-wealthy mandate, we should immediately reinstate the 20 percent excise tax on motion picture theater gross revenues that existed from the end of World War II until the mid-1950s.
Although our national debt basically has existed since the country's inception, the recent national deficits accumulated over the past 10 years has grown exponentially-- but it can be easily explained. We simply spend more than we take in.
Republicans pre-loaded rebuttals to an Obamacare win in the Supreme Court, promising to "double down" on their efforts to repeal the health care law, and insisting the ruling would bolster Mitt Romney's campaign and appeal for him. They have a point. Pollsters consistently find that a majority of Americans either don't understand the law, or are wary of its big government implications and staggering costs.
Writer and historian William Lee Miller has died in New York City at age 86.
William Lee Miller, an author, ethicist and journalist, has died. He was 86.
If you're Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, and you've been around long enough, Arlen Specter has done something to make you mad. Originally a Democrat, he was elected district attorney in Philadelphia in 1965 as a Republican, supported Richard Nixon as Pennsylvania chairman of the Committee to Re-elect the President (CREEP) in 1972 and lost his bid for a third term as district attorney.
President Obama says he has Israel's back. The question now is whether anyone believes him.
Three men seemingly out of pop culture time, they come to us clean-cut and edge-free, dripping with sincerity, owing more to Christopher Reeve's straight-arrow Man of Steel than to Christian Bale's brooding Dark Knight. Fashionable as George Will and as ironic as Ward Cleaver, they're the kind of characters former New York Yankees manager Billy Martin derided as "milkshake drinkers."
There is one person — one American among the 300 million of us — who is not to blame for the state of the union. Everyone else, each of you, in some small or large way, bears some share of the blame, but not this guy. Not one little bit.
Shortly after Thanksgiving, President Obama ordered federal agencies to "improve the management of federal records" and embrace a "digital-based records-keeping system." If adopted, these changes would be the most significant in record keeping since President Truman was in office.
Dec. 7 was the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. On that morning in 1941, 353 Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes attacked the U.S. Pacific Fleet in two waves. All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, four sunk. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers. In total, 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,402 Americans were killed and 1,282 wounded.
This slim book takes an interesting approach to the retelling of the Pacific War, at least as it involved the Navy and Marines. In this sense, the title is somewhat misleading, since the Army and Army Air Forces are hardly mentioned.
JAPANThe United States sent a representative for the first time Tuesday to the annual memorial service for victims of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, one of two nuclear attacks that led Japan to surrender in World War II.
As the late President Truman once said, "The buck stops here."
He wrote for several newspapers and magazines, worked on speeches for Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson and ghost wrote a book for Sen. Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota.