Calls are growing
for a special counsel to investigate leaks of classified information by the Obama administration. Concerns have been raised over leaks involving classified information on cyberwarfare
of an Al Qaeda cell in Yemen, and drone warfare
procedures. [more inside]
In a high profile gaffe President Barack Obama has recently caused anger in Poland
by referring to a Nazi death camp as a "Polish death camp" during a ceremony honoring World War II hero Jan Karski
with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. “The White House will apologize for this outrageous error,
” Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski tweeted. Sikorski said that Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk “will make a statement in the morning. It’s a pity that this important ceremony was upstaged by ignorance and incompetence.” [more inside]
In the summer of 2007 on the campaign trail Barack Obama took a clear stance
on the controversial subject of medical marijuana. “I would not have the Justice Department prosecuting and raiding medical marijuana users. It’s not a good use of our resources.”
As President in 2009 he took action to follow through on this promise by instructing federal prosecutors to “not focus federal resources in [their] States on individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use of marijuana.” The memo cited the “efficient and rational use” of the U.S. Department of Justice’s “limited investigative and prosecutorial resources,” as a motivating factor in the decision."
In the winter of 2012 Rolling Stone magazine takes a look back
on this subject and the record is surprising. "With more than 100 raids on pot dispensaries during his first three years, Obama is now on pace to exceed Bush's record for medical-marijuana busts. "There's no question that Obama's the worst president on medical marijuana," says Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project. "He's gone from first to worst." [more inside]
President Barack Obama will today give the annual State of the Union address.
There will be at least three rebuttals
in addition to a prebuttal
that occurred this morning. The address will be streamed online at Whitehouse.gov. [more inside]
Santorum surges from behind in Iowa.
With the countdown to the Iowa Caucuses entering its final hours
the GOP race
remains in a dead heat
. Polls show
the unlikely campaigns of social conservative Senator Rick Santorum and libertarian leaning Representative Ron Paul in surprisingly strong positions to challenge Governor Mitt Romney
for the opening victory in the Republican primary season. Both Paul and Santorum have focused heavily on traditional retail politics
in the Hawkeye State.
?uestlove is grounded.
As the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots
are known for providing guests of the show with impressive, personalized entrances.
Last night, however, in an ill advised attempt at snark that has left some feelings hurt
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann entered the stage to the song "Lyin’ Ass Bitch” by Fishbone. [more inside]
Rep. Michelle Bachmann has won
the Ames Straw Poll
. Rep. Ron Paul came in a close second. This poll, though undemocratic
, has a fairly good predictive track record
. Since 1979, the winner or runner up has gone on to win the Iowa caucuses each time. [more inside]
Gospel singer Herman Cain's
album "Sunday Morning" is now available online. In the fifteen years
since the album was originally released the singer and baptist preacher
has also found success in the business world
, and politics
"Indiana Republican Rep. Mark Souder acknowledged an affair
with a staffer Tuesday and unexpectedly announced his resignation, giving Democrats a chance at capturing what many had thought was a safe Republican seat." He had previously recorded a pro-abstinence video, with the woman he had the affair with.