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Republicans Elect John Boehner to Replace DeLay

The Republican caucus today elected Rep. John Boehner of Ohio to replace Tom DeLay as Majority Leader of the House. DeLay stepped down from his position in September after his indictment in Texas on campaign-related felony charges. Boehner’s election is seen as as an upset to Roy Blunt (MO) who…

Prosecution Rests in Ryan Corruption Trial

Today, prosecutors in Chicago rested their case against former Governor George Ryan after 18 weeks of witness testimony. Witnesses have told how Ryan got free vacations and other kickbacks in exchange for giving government licenses and contracts to his friends. The defense is now expected to go for several weeks.…

Will House Republicans Vote for Reform?

Today House Republicans will vote for a new Majority Leader to replace Representative Tom DeLay who stepped down weeks ago as a result of his indictment last year and his ethical troubles resulting from connections to corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The three Republican members of Congress running for Majority Leader…

Voter ID Laws Called Racist

In an effort to prevent voting fraud, Ohio became the latest state to pass a law that requires voters to furnish a photo identification at the polls and Georgia is on the verge of doing so. Twenty three states have voter identification requirements, which many civil rights groups such as…

Illegal Immigrant Driving Certificates On Black Market

In 2004 Tennessee became the first state to offer illegal immigrants driving certificates and the plan has backfired in a big way. It turns out that the certificates are hot black-market items that have been purchased by illegal aliens in numerous states, not just Tennessee. Recent federal arrests exposed shuttles…

Iraqis Captured In Mexico Trying To Enter U.S.

Defenders of illegal immigration that cry racism and deny national security is at stake need to start paying attention to the facts. This week Mexican federal agents arrested four Iraqis in the northern city of Navajoa trying to sneak into the United States without proper documents. Last week, two Iraqis…

Millions Wasted On Florida Sexual Predators

Imagine spending millions of taxpayer dollars to provide a place for rapists to brew alcohol and pedophiles to receive child pornography in the mail and drugs in care packages. That is exactly what is happening in Florida, where $150 million has gone to maintain a facility in Arcadia that houses…

Let’s Play Ball!

Does the Supreme Court nomination process work? That was the topic of an Issues Forum held at the Brookings Institute following the conclusion of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr.’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as Senate members performed their constitutionally mandated duty of providing “advice and consent” in the…

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