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Guns and Politics

12:49 pm Jun. 30, 2008

It has been a week now since the US Supreme Court made its landmark ruling on the Second Amendment, deciding by a 5-4 majority that a handgun ban in Washington, D.C. was unconstitutional.  Since then, the Political Ship of State hasn’t changed course, much if at all. For years, gun …

Energy Speculators In the Bullseye

12:40 pm Jun. 30, 2008

If there were about a thousand people in special colored coats who could be rounded up from trading floors around the world and run out of town on a rail, it would be oil futures market “speculators” who are being blamed for running up the price of oil. “Causing this …

Is Oil Shale an Energy Answer?

12:30 pm Jun. 30, 2008

One of the items that has come up in the debate over energy policy in the Congress is the idea of getting fuel out of rocks in the west of the United States. The issue is most commonly referred to “oil shale,” which has always been a somewhat expensive plan …

Happy July Fourth

11:47 am Jun. 30, 2008

Happy Birthday to the United States of America.  Hopefully you can have a good time without having politics intrude upon your July Fourth celebration. But for many, politics is intertwined with this date and always will be. History from the early years of the US show that July 4th celebrations …

Off to Foreign Capitals

11:31 am Jun. 30, 2008

For the second time in the last two weeks, John McCain is going out of the country, as he heads today to Colombia and then goes to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with world leaders. Back on June 20, McCain spoke in Ottawa during a visit to the Canadian capital.  …

In Search of a Campaign Definition

8:44 pm Jun. 29, 2008

This part of the 2008 Presidential race may not get much attention in the months ahead.  Or it could be seen as When McCain Defined Obama.   As Barack Obama has started to move back towards the middle after locking up the Democratic nomination, he began to alter some of …

More Maneuvers on Guantanamo Bay

11:53 am Jun. 27, 2008

The legal maneuvers over the rights of war on terrorism detainees at the Guantanamo Bay Naval base continue today, as federal circuit court judges in Washington, D.C., grapple with the real-life effects of last month’s Supreme Court ruling on the matter. In June, the Court held that detainees Guantanamo have …

Fundraiser In Chief Hits The Road

11:52 am Jun. 27, 2008

While Congress is out of town this week, President Bush will use the down time to hit two states today and raise some money for the campaigns of Republican candidates in November. Mr. Bush’s first stop is in Mississippi, where Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) is running to fill out the …

The Energy Debate, July Version

11:49 am Jun. 27, 2008

As the House of Representatives returns to work today from a 10-day break, it will be interesting to see in coming days just how spooked members of both parties got while back home on the issue of high oil and gasoline prices. Before the July 4th break, Democrats had promised …

Senate Battles On Terror Wiretaps

11:42 am Jun. 27, 2008

The Senate will try today to wear down liberal opponents of a deal on terrorism surveillance legislation, which also features another political dance by Barack Obama on a major issue. Critics of the plan that renews terror laws have no chance to stop this bill, but they prevented approval of …