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There is no “middle ground” solution to illegal immigration?

Scripps Howard recently posted a story suggesting that President Bush seems to be seeking a “middle ground” approach to the illegal immigration problem in order to satisfy both sides of the political spectrum and to “woo the Latino community.” Appearing in Tucson, Arizona?Bush reiterated his call to tighten the nation?s…

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PR Firms Influence Domestic and International Affairs

Back in July of this year, Judicial Watch uncovered U.S. Navy contract documents through a FOIA request. These documents detailed U.S. government payments of $1,699,830.00 to a public relations firm known as The Rendon Group for the purpose of influencing the outcome of a public referendum held on the island…

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Use of FOIA Exemptions Rises

According to a recent study by the Coalition of Journalists for Open Government about Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemptions, less information was released via the FOIA in 2004 than in 2000. What is curious about the study is that while agencies processed 13 percent fewer requests in 2004, the…

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Bolton Fights for Reform in the U.N.

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Frederick Kempe writes about the success of John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Counter to what Democrats would have had us believe, Bolton has been widely accepted by diplomats at the U.N. and has been an effective force in conveying the interests of…

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California Congressman Resigns

Via the Associated Press: Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, an eight-term congressman and hotshot Vietnam War fighter jock, pleaded guilty to graft and tearfully resigned Monday, admitting he took $2.4 million in bribes mostly from defense contractors in exchange for government business and other favors. “The truth is I broke the…

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Illegal To Give Thanks

As Thanksgiving approaches, it is worth mentioning that a successful high school football coach in New Jersey got fired, after 23 years on the job, simply for conducting prayer with his players before games. The coach, Marcus Borden, is fighting back now with a lawsuit against the school district that…

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George Ryan Trial, Part 5

Today was the third day for Harry Klein to be on the witness stand. Klein has been given immunity for testifying for the government against Ryan. Based on his performance the last two days, I think that the government should rethink its grant of immunity. We have looked at bank…

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Fighting Crime Labeled Racist In Colorado

It’s ironic that residents of a crime-infested city, long battling gang activity and methamphetamine distribution, strongly object to a resource that can help clean up where they live and in fact have labeled the idea racist. It is happening in Greeley Colorado, a small city north of Denver with a…

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Incompetent Election Supervisor Fined

When Florida Governor Jeb Bush suspended Broward County’s infamous Supervisor of Elections for incompetence and mismanagement last year, black leaders and other so-called civil rights groups immediately denounced the move as racist. Never mind that there was overwhelming testimony and documentation of Miriam Oliphant’s severe mismanagement from

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I Took Saddam’s Cash

The UN oil-for-food scandal continues: One of France’s most distinguished diplomats has confessed to an investigating judge that he accepted oil allocations from Saddam Hussein, it emerged yesterday. Jean-Bernard Mérimée is thought to be the first senior figure to admit his role in the oil-for-food scandal, a United Nations humanitarian…

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Illegal Alien Smuggles His Own Into U.S.

Here is a classic case of government negligence with a strong twist of irony. The agency in charge of protecting our country’s borders, the United States Border Patrol, hires an illegal alien who ends up smuggling illegal aliens in his Border Patrol vehicle for hundreds of dollars a pop. It…

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Border Fence Controversy

The hot immigration/homeland security topic of the moment is the idea of building a 2,000-mile steel fence along the U.S.-Mexican border. According to a story published in USA Today the idea was once considered radical but lately has gained support and momentum. The lawmaker behind the proposal is California Republican…

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Both Political Parties Benefit From Abramoff

Ed Morrissey of Captain’s Quarters finally understands why Democrats stopped referencing Jack Abramoff and started using the more generic charge of “culture of corruption” against Republicans. Just today it was reported that both Republicans and Democrats benefited greatly by supporting Abramoff’s lobbying goal of preventing a rival Indian

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False Sense of Airport Security

If you thought waiting in long lines to have airport security check everything from your shoes to your baby stroller was frustrating, read on. Those extensive and sometimes invasive security screenings can’t protect you if objects that occupy 50% of the plane’s belly are potentially lethal. A new federal report…

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Judicial Misconduct Could Free Murderer

The improper, not to mention unethical, conduct of a New York State Supreme Court Justice could help set free the twice convicted felon whose trial he presided over. An ABC Television News affiliate in New York reports that Justice Jaime Rios was having a torrid affair with a Queens assistant…

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This Could Have Been Our Homeland Security Secretary

When New York tough guy Bernard Kerik suddenly withdrew his nomination for Homeland Security secretary back in December, he gave a suspicious reason; possible tax problems with his family’s nanny. President George W. Bush had nominated the high school dropout and former head of New York City’s police to the…

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George Ryan Trial, Part 4

Today was interesting in only one respect. The testimony and cross was laborious and boring, but fireworks resulted from a request by the defense to admit into evidence the fact that Ryan was not paying for his defense out of his pocket. Rather, his representation was provided pro bono from…

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Discipline United Nations Style

Not long ago we reported the scandalous findings of the independent investigation into the corrupt United Nations oil-for-food program. It was so badly managed that more than half of the 4,500 companies doing business with Iraq paid Saddam Hussein illegal surcharges and kickbacks and the U.N. did nothing to stop…

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Felon Voting Rights

What do Florida, California and Iowa have in common? All three states have recently been involved in the controversy relating to laws that ban felons from voting. Let’s start with Florida, one of three states (along with Kentucky and Virginia) that doesn’t automatically restore a felon’s voting right upon prison…

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Justice Department Violations

When the man (Karl Warner) that President George W. Bush had named United States Attorney for southern West Virginia abruptly left office a few months ago, the Justice Department had no comment. Now the results of a legislative audit help explain the sudden resignation. It turns out that Warner offered…


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