Jan 6, 2012, 11:33 am EDT
Pay close attention. This is how it happens…
President Obama found a moment of reduced visibility, in an unwatched hour on New Year’s Eve, to sign the latest assault on the Fifth Amendment. In signing the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 on New Year’s Eve, Obama knew the nation’s attention would be diverted by revelry, football, New Year’s Day and a Monday national holiday.
In case you haven’t heard, the National Defense Authorization Act allows the government to detain people indefinitely — yes, it includes American citizens who can be taken even on our native soil and imprisoned — merely on the basis of accusations. Read
Jan 5, 2012, 12:07 pm EDT
Although the Iowa caucuses delivered a major setback to three of the most socially conservative GOP candidates — Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich — only Bachmann read the tea leaves and decided to get out of the presidential race altogether.
What happened to her candidacy, and what — if any — impact will her departure have on the nomination process?
Michele Bachmann, an Iowa native, announced her presidential campaign in her hometown of Waterloo. She made the case that she was a favorite of the Tea Party and would work to repeal Obama’s health care legislation and cut federal spending. While she was the frontrunner in Iowa for most of the summer and won the Ames straw poll in August, her star fell dramatically throughout the fall, and she ended her bid for president after getting a mere 5% of the votes in Iowa. Read
Jan 4, 2012, 11:39 am EDT
The Republican Party is being pulled apart in three directions at once. Eventually, it will be up to voters to decide if this muddled mess provides America a real alternative to Barack Obama.
Although Mitt Romney technically won the Iowa contest last night, I agree with Ron Paul that the results were substantively a three-way tie. (Michelle Bachmann, who came in a distant sixth, announced that she’s ending her campaign.) Rick Santorum lost by a mere 8 votes, and Paul amassed an impressive third-place finish. In fact, Paul received double the number of votes he got four years ago, while Romney’s numbers didn’t budge.
The strange thing is, the policy differences between Romney, Santorum and Paul are so substantial that it’s hard to believe these top three candidates are even in the same party. Read