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    Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama’s Radical Agenda

    In only its first year, Sean Hannity argues, the Obama administration has been radical, even tyrannical, in its “socialist” policies. But rather than whine about it, conservatives should focus their anger strategically. Calm down and think smart, warns Hannity. And above all, keep saying no to Democrats wherever possible.
  • Hutaree Suspected Former NATO Chief of Being the Antichrist

    The Hutaree Militia of southern Michigan, whose recently arrested leader and members consider themselves to be Christian warriors, evidently feared that a little-known (to most Americans) European politician and bureaucrat might be the antichrist. A lengthy posting on the Hutaree.com Web site, headlined "10 Horns of the European Super State; Mr. Europe and 7 years of peace in Israel," discusses at length—exhaustive length—a theory that Javier Solana, the former secretary-general of NATO and also a former senior official of the European Union, could be the antichrist. Part of the evidence for this notion, which seems to be popular among millennialist Christians and militia adherents, is the fact that most Americans have never heard of Solana—the reason for this being, according to the treatise's author, a conspiratorial "media blackout" on Solana's existence and activities....
  • Why the Democrats Are Saying, 'Drill Baby, Drill!'

    President Obama's decision to open up vast tracts of ocean off the Atlantic coast and eastern Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas drilling is making big waves. What's most interesting is that after eight years of George Bush and Dick Cheney, it's the Democrats who will end up lifting a longstanding moratorium on exploration off the East Coast. ...
  • What Obama's Predator-Strike Policy Tells Us About Bush's Covert Attacks

    Current and former U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials say they see little difference between Barack Obama's policy on remote-control drone attacks as articulated last week by a top administration lawyer and that of George W. Bush. As we reported, in a speech before a legal group last week, State Department legal adviser Harold Koh called it the "considered view of this administration ... that targeting practices, including lethal operations conducted with the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, comply with all applicable law, including the laws of war." ...
  • The Numbers Don't Lie

    A Democratic senator I can't name, who reluctantly voted for the health-care bill out of loyalty to his party and his admiration for Barack Obama, privately complained to me that the measure was political folly, in part because of the way it goes into effect: some taxes first, most benefits later, and rate hikes by insurance companies in between. ...
  • Violent Video Clip May Give Insight Into 'Hutaree' Mindset

    A grotesque and violent homemade video posted on YouTube may offer some insights into the mindset of the Michigan-based Hutaree Militia, nine of whose members have been arrested by the feds for allegedly plotting to kill an unidentified local cop and then attack other police officers who gathered for his funeral....
  • Can the Democratic Party Capture Formerly Uninsured Voters?

    The biggest political reason for health reform is the Democrats' base. Leaders will be relying on the bill's passage to reenergize many of the voters—and prevent a disastrous erosion of support among young voters. How well that works will become clear in November and, probably, again in 2012. As fellow Gaggler Katie points out, there's good news for Dems on that front. It looks like the the so-called enthusiasm gap has closed between Republican voters, who have been motivated en masse by the tea-party movement and opposition to the bill, and Democratic voters, who were put off by the slow pace of reform....
  • Michigan Militia Group Has Bizarre Views

    Members of the Michigan and Ohio-based Hutaree Militia, nine of whom were indicted today on federal terrorism-related and sedition charges, appear to follow bizarre principles that sound like something out of a Ku Klux Klan handbook or fantasy novel....
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    Huey Long and Alan Grayson—Separated at Birth

    Fiery populist Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida is in the news for reporting death threats and comparing the right wing to Nazis who burned the Reichstag. But another comparison from the 1930s may be more apt, at least visually.
  • Wyoming: The Sage Grouse Could Cripple the Economy

    President Obama wants to double production of renewable energy by 2012, but a chicken-sized ground bird is tripping up progress. In the last century, the sage grouse—known for its iconic spiked tail -feathers—has been decimated by mining, ranching, and, most recently, the development of the rural West for wind farming. The bird won't mate near turbines, say biologists, and it's trapped on particular parcels of land by something of a mental block on crossing roads and under power lines. But since the grouse is concentrated in parts of the country's windiest states, an unusual green-vs.-green face-off is occurring, with the alternative-power lobby clashing with bird lovers like the Audubon Society.Now the fight may be entering a new stage. The Department of the Interior has moved to protect the sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act, casting doubt on wind development across the West. While specific restrictions won't be announced for at least a year, states are making preemptive...
  • Military-Commission Trials Set for the Summer

    The Pentagon is poised to rescind last year's order halting military-commission cases, a final legal step as it gears up to try accused terrorists. But there's an awkward hitch: the new trials will be held in the $12 million, high-tech courtroom at Guantánamo Bay, which will refocus the world's attention on the very prison President Obama pledged to close. "As of right now, we don't have the money or the authority" to hold the trials elsewhere, says a senior Pentagon official who asked not to be identified talking about a politically sensitive subject....
  • The Politics of Terror In New York

    The terror strikes of 2001 led to a boom in national-security spending, much of which has helped prevent another domestic attack. But at the state level, Homeland Security funds are often spent with less obvious results--as a recent case in New York makes clear. Since 2007 the Big Apple has been experimenting with a program designed to detect "dirty bombs" and other radiological threats. In theory it would allow law enforcement to sniff-test every vehicle headed into Manhattan, using large-scale radiation sensors on tunnels and bridges and portable sensors on the belts of thousands of police officers. But after three years and $53 million, the equipment has yet to prove itself, say two congressional investigators who requested anonymity discussing a sensitive matter. The small sensors register false alarms for cat litter, bananas, and people undergoing radiation treatment, say the investigators, and the large-scale sensors are still in development because they require a...
  • New Justice Department Statistics Show Hundreds of Terrorist Cases Were Prosecuted in Civilian Courts Since 9/11

    New Justice Department statistics sent to Congress on Friday support Obama administration assertions that hundreds of terrorism suspects have been successfully prosecuted through the U.S. civilian court system since the 9/11 attacks. Earlier this year, Republicans, including senators and Dana Perino, a former White House spokesperson for George W. Bush, accused the Obama administration of exaggerating, or even fabricating, statistics showing that civilian courts had effectively dealt with hundreds of terror-related cases. But the new statistical compilation sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee bolsters the administration's claims and rebuts those of their critics....
  • Gitmo Prisoner Freed by Obama Administration Reported to Have Rejoined Taliban

    A Guantánamo detainee released last December has now returned to the battlefield to fight with Taliban insurgents, according to three U.S. counterterrorism officials who have reviewed intelligence reports on the matter. If the reports are accurate, the detainee, known as Abdul Hafiz, would be the first Guantánamo inmate released by the Obama administration to have returned to the front lines of terrorism....