When the clock strikes midnight this Saturday, the U.S. population will have hit 312.8 million people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Is the nation's population in danger of getting out of control?
In 2006, Jack Martin and Stanley Fogel of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) wrote a report titled "Projecting the U.S. Population to 2050: Four Immigration Scenarios." Martin and Fogel predicted that, if the issue of illegal immigration remained unchecked, "we likely will be facing the prospect of a population in 2050 of half a billion people."
At the same time, FAIR predicted that, "If current proposals to increase immigration, give legal status to those currently here illegally, and create a new guest worker program were adopted," the country’s population would reach one billion people by the end of the century. more >>
Mike Huckabee is a former Arkansas governor, former Republican presidential candidate and host of a Fox News talk show. He is also a pro-life advocate and host of the new documentary, “The Gift of Life.” The film was unveiled in Iowa on Dec. 14, and has received rave reviews from social conservatives, pro-life groups and presidential candidates. Huckabee shared the message behind the film as well as his view on the Personhood Amendment and the 2012 presidential race in an interview with The Christian Post.
CP: How did you learn about this project and what led you to be a part of it?
Huckabee: Well, for me the pro-life issue has been something I’ve been very passionate about since the 70s, and I have been very involved in the pro-life community since long before politics. As I’ve often said, I didn’t become pro-life because of politics. I got into politics largely because my pro-life positions led me to believe there is not enough being said and done about it. Before I ever ran for office, I was involved in an initiative to bring a constitutional amendment in Arkansas to define life at the beginning of its conception, which was eventually passed after several attempts. more >>
For Republicans, the Solyndra scandal is ready-made to feature five of the main arguments they will use against President Obama in the 2012 election.
1. Wasteful Spending
The federal government loaned solar power company Solyndra $535 million before watching the company go bankrupt in 2011. The loan guarantee was part of the 2009 “stimulus bill,” which was supposed to, according to Obama, save the economy and keep unemployment below eight percent. more >>
The Gulf of Mexico’s diverse ecosystem has been invaded by an alien threat: the Asia tiger prawn.
The giant prawn, which usually grows up to one foot in length and weighs nearly one pound, poses a formidable threat to the area’s ecosystem.
A highly aggressive creature, the prawn’s ravenous appetite could deplete the population of brown and white shrimp. The prawn also has a proclivity for disease, and is known to carry up to 16 viruses at one time. more >>
While multiple polls have shown American's trust in government at record lows, a Vanderbilt University poll shows American's trust in government to be higher when asked about specific government agencies.
Fourty-nine percent said they trust the Department of Defense to do what is right “just about always” or “most of the time.” Even the Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency, which have come under fire from Republican presidential candidates for high levels of regulation on businesses, showed levels of trust over twice as high as trust in government as a whole. Thirty-eight percent said they trusted HHS and the EPA to do what is right “just about always” or “most of the time.”
But when asked, “how much of the time do you feel that you can trust government in Washington to do what is right?” only 2 percent of respondents answered “just about always,” and only 13 percent answered “most of the time.” Fifty-six percent answered “only some of the time,” and 28 percent answered “never.” more >>
Sears Holdings Corporation announced on Tuesday that it has plans to close between 100 and 120 Kmart and Sears locations following a rough holiday sales season for their stores.
"Given our performance and the difficult economic environment, especially for big-ticket items, we intend to implement a series of actions to reduce on-going expenses, adjust our asset base, and accelerate the transformation of our business model,” Sears Holdings CEO Lou D'Ambrosio said in a statement.
“These actions will better enable us to focus our investments on serving our customers and members through integrated retail – at the store, online and in the home.” more >>