The Obama administration is ramping up a secret campaign of airstrikes in Yemen, the New York Times reports this morning. The violent conflict in Yemen has left the U.S.-allied government struggling to maintain control. To keep militants from seizing power, the U.S. is waging a covert war with armed drones and fighter jets.
GOP front-runner Mitt Romney is in hot water with conservatives for his position on climate change. At a town hall last Friday, Romney stuck to his original position that the world is getting warmer and humans are contributing to it. Radio host Rush Limbaugh responded by saying, “Bye-bye nomination.”
Sarah Palin’s chief of staff fired back at Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) strategist Ed Rollins for “fueling a contrived narrative” and saying Bachmann would “be so much more substantive.” Palin’s staffer Michael Glassner said Rollins is a “beltway political strategist” with “a long, long track record of taking high profile jobs and promptly sticking his foot in his mouth.”
A new FCC report warns that “there is a shortage of in-depth local journalism needed to hold government agencies, schools and businesses accountable.” Despite the recent explosion of online news sources, there has not been a corresponding increase in reporting, particularly in needed quality local reporting, the report concludes.
The AFL-CIO is calling on President Obama to make a recess appointment of Elizabeth Warren as the head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In an email to supporters, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said that despite Republican opposition, this is “a historic opportunity” to appoint “a true champion for working families.”
“Lobbyists, lawyers and senior executives for the for-profit school industry” converged in huge numbers on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) just days before the Obama administration released watered-down rules for the sector. In just nine days, there were 16 meetings between for-profit representatives and the administration.
And finally: The FBI twice investigated Sargent Shriver for alleged ties to communists. The agency first investigated a trip the Kennedy family in-law and Peace Corps founder made to Germany when he was 18, then looked into allegations that he had employed a Russian spy. He was cleared both times, according to files released following his death in January.