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President Barack Obama’s decision to bring home 10,000 of the 33,000 “surge” troops in Afghanistan by the end of the year and the remainder by September 2012 is obviously a political ploy. Regardless, it’s a start. The mission’s accomplished (apologies to President George W. Bush). Osama bin Laden is dead. The Taliban cut and ran to Pakistan.
The hysterics and hyperbole over raising the federal debt ceiling are becoming absolutely absurd. If you were to believe Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geitner, Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Austan Goolsbee and other Administration spokesmen, you would think we are about to face financial Armageddon.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an update Wednesday to its safety guidelines and recommendations regarding silicone breast implants. The FDA recommended that women with breast implants receive regular checkups with their doctors to monitor the implants for damage.
A former reporter for The Washington Post and Senior Contributing Editor for the Huffington Post, Jose Antonio Vargas was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings. He accomplished all this by the age of 30. On Wednesday, Vargas revealed that he is an illegal alien.
On Wednesday night, President Barack Obama gave a speech “on the Way Forward in Afghanistan.” Addressing the nation live from the East Room of the White House, the President shared his plan to draw down the number of troops in that country.
In a prime-time speech on Wednesday, the President announced the withdrawal of 10,000 troops by the end of this year, as well as an additional 23,000 to depart by the summer of 2012.
A Republican Presidential candidate and a Massachusetts Democrat introduced a bill on Thursday to end the Federal prohibition on marijuana. Representatives Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Barney Frank (D-Mass.) announced that their bill will allow each State to create a marijuana policy of its own, as well as legalize, regulate and tax the drug.
I’ll never forget my last visit to lovely Hinesville, Ga. For it was there that I learned a valuable lesson, one I shall never forget: In a police state, we’re all criminals. Think about it: How many laws have you broken today? This week? This month? Have you changed lanes without a turn signal? Exceeded the posted speed limit? Hired a neighborhood kid to cut your grass and then paid him under the table? Engaged in commerce with someone who is in the country illegally?
An ordinance passed Monday in Washington requires King County river swimmers to wear a life vest. Violators will first receive a warning, and then face an $86 fine. “This Council sometimes thinks it’s everybody’s mom,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, who voted no on the ordinance, told SeattlePI.com.
The Texas Legislature recently passed HB 2510, which allows light bulb manufacturers to continue producing incandescent bulbs in the State, in spite of Federal mandates aimed at phasing out incandescent bulbs by 2012.