Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) formally announced her intention to seek the Republican nomination for the 2012 Presidential election. Bachmann made the announcement in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, and stressed her connection to the Hawkeye State, which hosts the nation’s first caucus.
On Thursday, the bipartisan budget talks led by Vice President Joe Biden were effectively sidelined when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) announced they were pulling out.
Mexican troops in three trucks crossed the U.S. border on Thursday in what is a violation of international law. The incursion, which occurred at International Bridge Two at Laredo, Texas, was reported by KGNS-TV. A photo on the station’s website shows gun-wielding soldiers riding in the back of three military pickups.
A NASA climate-change scientist has been accused of privately profiting from his taxpayer-funded position. James Hanson, the scientist in question, once claimed the Administration of President George W. Bush tried to “silence” his global warming claims.
Early Tuesday morning, the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a raid on a Web hosting facility used by DigitalOne, seizing several servers and bringing down websites in the process. DigitalOne’s chief executive, Sergej Ostroumow, sent an email to a client that read: “This problem is caused by the F.B.I., not our company.”
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.