At a meeting of the U.S. Geological Society (USGS) attended by politicians and political policymakers of all sorts, Professor Roderick Eggert of the Colorado School of Mines sought to explain the extreme rarity of minerals needed for green technology.
Most reports indicate that Perry’s strategy for winning the GOP primary is focused on highlighting the Texas economy, vilifying Romney as a wealthy, Mormon elitist and painting himself as the honest, straightforward “everyman.”
A plot including the assassination of the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, Adel Al-Jubeir, with a bomb and more bomb attacks on the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, D.C., was stopped by investigators, according to reports.
The Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., over the weekend gave Mitt Romney and Rick Perry further opportunity to continue their headline sparring match, shifting focus from jobs and the economy to Romney’s Mormonism. Though most headlines are focusing on Perry and Romney, Ron Paul won the Value Voters Straw Poll by a comfortable 37 percent.
Texas-based radio host Alex Jones has posted a video on his website INFOWARS.COM that he is asking individuals to “spread like wildfire.” The video shows San Antonio police advising Jones and a handful of protesters to leave the private property of the Federal Reserve Bank.
In California, a law that allowed for the open-carry of unloaded handguns was overturned on Monday by Governor Jerry Brown. According to a report, the decision stems from complaints from police chiefs and sheriffs in the state who say that open carry makes too many citizens nervous.
Republican GOP primary candidate Mitt Romney said on Friday that he would like to see the U.S. expand its military power and continue to be involved in conflicts overseas. The candidate reportedly promised to completely review the nation’s military policy.
As the Occupy Wall Street movement grows, it has gained support from some university students in Iran who call the movement a recognition by the American people that their government acts on behalf of a “Zionist lobby.” President Barack Obama also weighed in on the Occupy movement last week, saying that it “expresses the frustrations the American people feel.”
The poll, which was conducted from Oct. 3-5, found that 38 percent of Republicans would vote for Cain if the primary had been held at the time of the poll. Favor with the candidate has nearly doubled since the same question was asked of potential voters back in June when only 15 percent said they would vote for Cain.
President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Friday to strengthen the government’s cyber security protections to avoid classified document leaks by Federal insiders. An Insider Threat Task Force will safeguard sensitive documents stored on computers and also to identify threats to classified information, the White House says.
Super PACs, the new type of political group that is unrestrained by spending and contribution limits, have the power and funding to run advertisements and promote the candidate of their choice with hundreds of millions in corporate and private funds. Depending on how the PACs decide to navigate Federal Election Commission (FEC) deadlines, all transparency in the 2012 race may be lost.
Claims for unemployment insurance benefits grew more slowly than expected last week, giving a glimmer of hope that U.S. labor market conditions are improving. The total number of Americans on unemployment dropped by 123,009 in the past month, down to 6.86 million.
Speaking to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said that government gridlock is good, good Federal judges are lacking and that the Constitution is being abused by those in power.
A Senate bill that would punish China for valuing its currency artificially low in an effort to keep export numbers high passed a key Senate vote on Thursday. The measure is designed to set up a process of imposing higher tariffs when a country’s currency is misaligned to subsidize exports.
Washington lawmakers, noticing the growing momentum of the Occupy Wall Street protests that spread Thursday to the Capitol, are now making an effort to embrace the movement. Many Democrats are now calling it the “Tea Party of the left.”
Sarah Palin ended any speculation of a 2012 Presidential run with her Wednesday announcement on the Mark Levin radio show that she won’t seek the GOP nomination and won’t run as an independent.
Since Florida moved its 2012 GOP Presidential primary to Jan. 31, there is much speculation that a number of States will follow suit. On Monday, South Carolina Republicans decided to move their State’s primary to Jan. 21. Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada all plan to hold their primaries and caucuses before South Carolina’s.
In an interview Monday morning, country music icon Hank Williams Jr. said that he has little faith in the GOP’s 2012 Presidential hopefuls and very little in the party itself. He went on to liken President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler.
A free speech case that has been in litigation for nine years was resolved by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week; the ruling was in the favor of freedom of speech for children. The case involved students and families, represented by the Liberty Institute, who were denied their free speech rights and who were discriminated against because their speech was religious in nature.
At a Human Rights Campaign address on Saturday, President Barack Obama lauded “productive, bilateral talks” he had last week with pop singer Lady Gaga and pledged his support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. The President said that two years ago, he made a pledge to people in America who are living alternative lifestyles.
Americans feel pain each time they reach for their wallets at the register. So lawmakers, business and White House officials have come up with plans to draw shoppers from China, India and Brazil — countries where poor decisions have not wrecked economic output — to fill the place of American penny-pinchers.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels said in an interview what many Americans seem to be feeling about the 2012 GOP Presidential hopefuls’ constant rhetorical battle over Social Security: Stop talking until you have a real plan. He says simply offering talking points about Social Security does not cut it when addressing problems regarding the United States’ major financial problems.
The CIA exterminated its first American-born al-Qaida-linked target on Friday; 40-year-old Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in the mountains of Yemen by a U.S. airstrike. The New Mexico native born to Yemen immigrants became a powerful mouthpiece for Islamic terror in the years following the 9/11 terrorists attacks.