With the loss of several potential Republican Party nominees, the field of contenders for the GOP nomination is taking shape. But a recent poll of Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents shows conservative Americans are unsure about which candidate they will support. The Gallup poll shows former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in the lead, with 17 percent and 15 percent, respectively.
On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden told reporters new tax revenues must be a part of any agreement on legislation to raise the debt limit. “I’ve made it clear today… revenues have to be in the deal,” Biden said, according to an Associated Press article on MSNBC’s website.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (R-Nev.) had harsh words for Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday, as the Senate debated proposed amendments to the PATRIOT Act. Reid accused Paul of “fighting for an amendment to protect the right — not of average citizens, but of terrorists — to cover up their gun purchases.” At issue was Paul’s desire to offer an amendment to the Act to prevent warrantless access to some gun records, reported CNN.com.
Nobel laureate scientist Sir Paul Nurse believes Freedom of information laws are being used to harass scientists. “I have been told of some researchers who are getting lots of requests for, among other things, all drafts of scientific papers prior to their publication in journals, with annotations, explaining why changes were made between successive versions,” Nurse told guardian.co.uk. “If it is true, it will consume a huge amount of time. And it’s intimidating.”
The Supreme Court has decided that California’s overcrowded prisons are in violation of the Constitution’s 8th Amendment, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment against American citizens.
South Carolina’s House of Representatives has approved a bill that would allow law enforcement officials to check an individual’s immigration status during routine traffic stops.
At least three State Senators in Wisconsin will be forced to participate in recall elections this July, an elections committee ruled on May 23. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the State's Government Accountability Board has voted unanimously to schedule three recall elections for July 12.
In a study that was published in the BioMed Central journal Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a team of scientists found that bitter cumin seeds contain a wide array of phenolic compounds, making the spice a powerful antioxidant.
Former Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards will face prosecution for alleged campaign-law violations. The United States Department of Defense has allowed the government to seek an indictment against Edwards, who is accused of using campaign funds to hide his extramarital affair from the public.
Many Americans are keeping their fingers crossed in hopes that a devastating natural disaster doesn’t sweep through their neighborhood, especially considering the recent news that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is running low on relief funds.