First Lady Michelle Obama has received sharp criticism from several conservative figures regarding her decision to invite popular rapper Common to a poetry event at the White House. Common, whose real name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., was scheduled to address a group of students at the White House on May 11.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s political record has inspired some tongue-in-cheek remarks from conservative politicians and pundits alike.
Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) has proposed a bill that aims to protect citizens’ online privacy rights. The Do-Not-Track Online Act of 2011 would require companies to refrain from collecting information about users who request not to be tracked.
As of May 11, more than 1 million acres of farmland in Arkansas was flooded due to cresting waters of the Mississippi River. According to Bloomberg, the Natural State expects the costs of flood damage to exceed $500 million. Furthermore, approximately 3 million acres of land in Louisiana were in danger of being inundated with flood waters.
Republican Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has made quite a career out of talking politics since leaving Congress. But his public appearances, books and political commentaries are filled with statements that do not necessarily reflect reality. PolitiFact.com put together a long list of Gingrich’s less-than-accurate statements. For example, in a campaign announcement video released on May 11, Gingrich said, “For four years, we balanced the budget and paid off $405 billion in debt.”
The White House admitted publicly today that many still photos taken of the President giving speeches were staged. Representatives speaking on behalf of President Barack Obama said the White House will end the little-known, long-running practice of having news photographers take pictures of the President re-enacting major speeches.
At 7 a.m., Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) announced on “Good Morning America” (GMA) his intention to run in 2012 for President of the United States. This is Paul’s third bid for the Presidency. In 1988, he ran on the Libertarian ticket, and he ran again 20 years later as a Republican. In his time in the House, Paul has established one of the most consistently conservative voting records of any Congressman.
The reported death of Osama bin Laden won’t lead to a reduction in the amount the United States government spends each year in response to the terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. According to an article on MoneyNews.com, “The financial bleeding won’t stop with bin Laden’s demise. One of every four dollars in red ink the U.S. expects to incur in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 will result from $285 billion in annual spending triggered by the terrorist scion of a wealthy Saudi family.”
A coalition of “progressive” Christians is apparently unfamiliar with the Left’s stance on homosexuality. Sojourners, a Christian group that supports liberal political goals and claims to celebrate diversity, recently rejected an ad that asks Protestant leaders to welcome lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgendered (LGBT) people into the church.
A Tea Party group has sued officials in Coldwater, Mich. to challenge a policy that prohibits banners in city parks.