According to a report from an independent pollster on TheDaily.com, 19 percent of likely voters doubt Osama bin Laden is really dead. That is, one in every five people suspects the government is lying. Furthermore, the demographics of those expressing their doubts are surprisingly diverse, not limited to ultra-conservatives.
Skeptics and believers alike were shocked by the results of a recent Associated Press poll, showing President Barack Obama at a 60 percent approval rating. Experts suggested the news of Osama bin Laden’s “recent” death played a primary role in putting Obama’s approval rating at its highest point in two years. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a press conference on Monday that citizens must be responding “to the drive that (Obama) has.”
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will confirm the rumors that he is running in the 2012 Presidential race tonight. According to CNN.com, Gingrich told reporters that he will make the announcement at 9 p.m., via Facebook and Twitter and during an appearance on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News.
Recently, there has been a lot of public outcry against police officers using social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to spy on supposed criminals. Now, it looks like the criminals are giving the police a taste of their own medicine. According to a Foxnews.com article, police officials are worried that social networking is putting officers at risk.
On May 9, Representative Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, released his version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. The bill, which is updated annually, specifies the budget and expenditures for the U.S. Department of Defense.
On Tuesday, conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation released a special report on spending and the budget, entitled “Saving The American Dream: The Heritage Plan To Fix The Debt, Cut Spending And Restore Prosperity.” The report describes the current economic climate, and outlines solutions that go much further than House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity.”
Military officials have confirmed that Navy chaplains will be trained to perform same-sex civil marriage ceremonies, an announcement that has raised the ire of dozens of Federal lawmakers.
Representative Allen West (R-Fla.), a Tea Party favorite, has voted against party lines by opposing a bill that would repeal a provision of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. Last week, Allen was one of only four Republicans to oppose a measure that would eliminate $100 million in funding for the construction of school-based health centers, The Hill reported.
President Barack Obama’s administration privately attempted to dissuade Standard and Poor’s from downgrading the United States’ debt outlook in recent weeks, according to a report from The Washington Post.
High-profile donors have stated that aligning themselves with GOP Presidential candidates is not a top priority at this stage of the game.