Value Voters Choose Paul; Romney, Perry Get Personal

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.

Students In Iran Support Occupy Wall Street Protests

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.”

Insider Threat Task Force To Supplement Federal Cyber Security

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.

PACs May Become More Secret In 2012 Race, Experts Say

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.

GOP Reacts Nationally To Florida Primary Decision

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.

Court: Elementary Children Entitled To Religious Free Speech

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.

President Wants LGBT Children To Know He Has Their Back

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.

Indiana Governor To GOP Hopefuls: Stop Talking, Make A Plan

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.