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While preparing to go through airport security on March 31, Amy Alkon noticed everyone in the line she was in was receiving an “enhanced pat-down” by Transportation Security Administration gropers. Alkon was determined not to go through the scanner. But she was unprepared for the sexual assault that was about to take place.
While the U.S. is struggling to recover from the 2008 recession and unemployment figures remain over 9 percent, members of Congress are doing quite well financially. The top 50 lawmakers are worth a combined $1.6 billion, The Hill reported.
The number of individuals that are seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly over the past week, indicating that the job market is stagnant and not improving.
Until recently, I have not been John Boehner’s biggest fan. His voting record until two years ago put him squarely in the moderate camp, and his leadership in the House didn’t inspire a lot of confidence. But that was then and this is now. Since Boehner became Speaker, his backbone has stiffened and his voting record has improved.
The Pentagon will raise security levels at military installments throughout the country as the anniversary of 9/11 approaches. Concerns about the possibility of an attack on the anniversary stem from documents recovered from the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed that mentioned the anniversary of 9/11.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced on Thursday afternoon that the central bank is prepared to implement “tools” for economic stimulus this month. Possibly waiting for the President Barack Obama’s economy speech later that evening, the Chairman was vague about measures that may be taken.
Center stage at the latest GOP Presidential Debate were Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, and playing the “Devil’s Advocate” (as put by MSNBC’s Brian Williams) was Ron Paul.
Without legislative action, the U.S. Postal Service will most likely default by the end of September. The agency lacks the funding to meet a Congressionally mandated $5.5 billion payment to pre-fund Postal Service retiree health benefits.
Representative Ron Paul of Texas made some suggestions for President Barack Obama as he plans his speech set for this evening. Paul believes the Federal government must change the following before it will be able to make real steps in the direction of economic recovery: regulation, taxation, monetary policy and foreign policy.