Republican leaders in Congress who thought they could illegally order federal judges to ignore the law and follow their wishes are pissed that the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals “failed to adhere to the plain meaning” of the emergency legislation Congress passed over the weekend.
It has taken awhile, but serious and principled opposition to renewing parts of the USA Patriot Act is growing in the form of an improbable coalition that includes some of Washington’s leading conservatives, the ACLU, gun rights groups, libertarians and medical privacy activists.
The political fight over Social Security took on added urgency Wednesday as the retirement system’s trustees reported that it will turn into a money loser in 2017 – one year sooner than previously projected.
When long-time Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne retired, he was bugged by a desire to remain active. John Ensign, a Las Vegas veterinarian, felt a little pressure from Bill Clinton. Sheriff Dave Reichert had chased robbers and serial killers in King County, Wash., long enough that he wanted to take on new challenges. Rush Holt, a physicist at Princeton University, mastered plasma physics, but he couldn’t figure out Newt Gingrich.
Vice President Dick Cheney, who has avoided the spotlight since taking the oath of office for a second term more than two months ago, is once again stepping from the shadows to tout President Bush’s Social Security plan and boost White House foreign policy goals.