On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) rejected a proposal for $2 trillion in budget cuts, saying cuts alone are an unacceptable way to balance the budget. “You can’t do $2 trillion just in cuts,” Reid said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “There has to be a mix of spending cuts, including defense. There has to be a more fair apportionment of tax policy in this country.”
A group of legislators have urged President Barack Obama to hire more inspectors general in order to help prevent waste, fraud and corruption in the Federal government. Eight lawmakers, including four Republicans, three Democrats and one Independent, signed a joint letter to Obama, expressing their concern over the lack of watchdogs in various departments, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The Supreme Court has ruled that police officers have the right to enter a private residence without a warrant if they believe a suspect may be destroying crucial evidence. On May 16, the nation’s highest court decided 8-1 in favor of the State of Kentucky over Hollis King, who filed a lawsuit after police entered his home without a warrant.
The nation’s first openly gay House Speaker, who serves in the State of Rhode Island, has angered many advocates of same-sex marriage by backing legislation that would legalize civil unions for homosexual couples. Late last month, Gordon Fox (D-Providence) pledged his support for a law that would allow civil unions for gay citizens.
Rocker Ted Nugent might be best known for his 1977 hit single “Cat Scratch Fever,” but nowadays the outspoken guitarist has struck a chord with gun-rights advocates. Appearing on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight on May 18, Nugent said that “more guns equals less crime.”
Six Republican senators wrote a letter to President Barack Obama on Wednesday, asking whether the President plans to act in compliance with the War Powers Act, with regard to the Unites States’ military campaign in Libya. The resolution requires the President to receive approval from Congress for military action lasting longer than 60 days.
According to a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau, more married Americans are staying together for longer amounts of time. An article on WashingtonPost.com read: “Three in four couples who married after 1990 celebrated a 10-year anniversary, according to census statistics reported Wednesday. That was a rise of 3 percentage points compared with couples who married in the early 1980s, when the nation’s divorce rate was at its highest.”
The White House Press Office snubbed the Boston Herald on Wednesday, denying the paper full access to President Barack Obama’s fundraiser in Boston. The Press Office told the paper via email that press pool reporters are chosen by their ability to “fairly” cover the news. An article on BostonHerald.com discusses the rejection, which came after the paper ran a Mitt Romney opinion piece on the front page — more than a month before the President’s visit.
A Chinese/American joint study suggests species may not be going extinct at the high rates that have previously been estimated. An article for FoxNews.com discusses the study, which was published in the May 19 issue of the scientific journal Nature.
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign unveiled T-shirts that mock the Birther movement. A political blog on ABCNews.com described the shirts. They feature Obama’s face and the slogan “Made in the USA” on the front, with a picture of the President’s recently- released long-form birth certificate on the back. One can receive this “limited edition” shirt by donating $25 to Obama’s campaign.