As the 2012 election season looms, Tea Party activists have their eye on the Republican Party. And what they are watching most closely is the debt ceiling debate. “What we’re looking for is real control of Congressional spending,” Mark Meckler, a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, told The Huffington Post.
On Wednesday, Google announced that hundreds of Gmail accounts were compromised in a massive cyber-attack. Hackers used a type of “spear-phishing” assault, in which “targeted attacks… duped victims into revealing their Gmail passwords,” a CNN.com article read.
The United States provides hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign aid to the very countries it borrows billions of dollars from, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service. The report, which focuses only on countries to which the U.S. owes $10 billion or more, provides data for fiscal year 2010 and includes a chart where “countries are ordered by the value of their treasury security holdings, with the highest value holder, China, listed first.”
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will officially announce his candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination today in New Hampshire. According to The Associated Press, which obtained excerpts of the speech, his announcement speech will include a fiery indictment of President Barack Obama’s economic policy: “Barack Obama has failed America.”
Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) recently said that, among the voices clamoring for her to run in 2012, one stands out: God’s. In an interview with Iowa Public Television, Bachmann was asked if she, unlike recent GOP race bow-out Mike Huckabee, had received a divine calling to run for President.
The White House thinks the presence of press prevents lawmakers from truly speaking their minds. Press Secretary Jay Carney spoke on behalf of President Barack Obama on Tuesday, offering the White House’s explanation for why the press was not invited to the President’s Wednesday debt talks with House Republicans.
A “stunningly high” number of people are suffering from infection by a particularly unpleasant strain of E. coli bacteria, The Associated Press reported. Officials in Germany are warning citizens to avoid consuming raw cucumbers, tomatoes or lettuce as the death toll rises in an outbreak of foodborne bacterial infections.
Tuesday night, the House rejected a proposal to raise the debt limit without cutting spending. The bill’s defeat, 318-97, was orchestrated by the very party that proposed it. “This vote, a vote based on legislation I have introduced, will and must fail,” said the bill’s chief sponsor, Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.).
A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says energy drinks are not appropriate for children and adolescents. The report also said sports drinks are rarely needed by kids; for simple rehydration, water is best.
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday slammed President Barack Obama for his handling of the nation’s military strategy in Libya. During an appearance on FOX News Sunday, McCain said that Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi would have already been removed from power if the United States had remained in control of the operation.