July 22 - Judicial Watch announced today that it has
obtained documents from the Internal Revenue Service
(IRS) that confirm that the IRS used donor lists to tax-exempt
organizations to target those donors for audits. The documents
also show IRS officials specifically highlighted how the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce may come...
July 23 - States could no longer require labels on
genetically modified foods under legislation the House is
considering. The legislation scheduled for a vote Thursday is
backed by the food industry, which has fought state labeling
efforts around the country. So far, Vermont is the only state
set to require the labels.
July 22 - Thomas Jefferson and
Andrew Jackson are history in Connecticut. Under pressure
NAACP, the state
Democrat Party will scrub the names of the two presidents
from its annual fundraising dinner because of their ties to
slavery. Party leaders voted unanimously Wednesday night in
Hartford to rename the...
July 22 - Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law is supposed to
lift workers out of poverty and move them off public
assistance. But there may be a hitch in the plan. Evidence is
surfacing that some workers are asking their bosses for fewer
hours as their wages rise – in a bid to keep overall income
down so they don’t lose...
July 22 - New York moved on Wednesday to raise the
minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour by the end
of 2018 in New York City and by mid-2021 in the rest of the
state. The New York Wage Board voted unanimously for the
increase, which would cover some 180,000 workers statewide and
affect fast-food chains with...
July 23 - The District of Columbia could raise its
minimum wage to $15 an hour by mid-2020 under a ballot
initiative cleared this week, making it the latest U.S. city
to consider raising base pay for hourly workers. Washington's
elections board on Wednesday allowed backers to start a
petition drive that could put the...
July 22 - A longtime county employee in Indiana has
filed a lawsuit after she was fired for refusing to process a
marriage-license application for a same-sex couple, arguing
her civil and constitutional rights were violated. The
complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern
District of Indiana at New Albany by Linda...
July 22 - Florida health officials say they’ve seen
nine cases of leprosy in recent weeks, a dramatic uptick to
the state’s usual count at this time of year and something
doctors are attributing to the patients’ exposure to
armadillos. On an average year, Florida sees about 10 leprosy
diagnoses and the nation, about 100. “It’s a...
July 23 - The Obama administration is trying to take
unilateral action – without Congress – and expand a 2013 rule
to give even more illegal immigrants the ability to stay in
America. The Department of Homeland Security has proposed an
expansion to a waiver system enacted in 2013 that allows
illegals to stay in-country for up to...
July 23 - While some cities in Texas and other Southern
states have been adopting ordinances that protect their
citizenry from creeping Shariah-compliant practices, cities
such as Seattle are taking the opposite approach. Seattle’s
Democrat Mayor Ed Murray was so concerned that Muslims and
other residents weren’t buying...
July 20 - The barbaric terror group is using bomb vests
strapped to poultry in an effort to blow up enemy strongholds.
Commanders can detonate them via remote control in a sickening
addition to the murderous regime’s arsenal. But experts said
the crude devices show the chaotic state of the group who,
July 15 - A California lawmaker has introduced a bill
that will erase words like "husband" and "wife" from federal
laws. Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., introduced the 57-page
measure, which seeks to have the words replaced with gender
neutral alternatives, such as "spouse." The bill would also
replace phrases such as "husband and wife"...
July 16 - The last time a feeble leader of a fading
nation came bearing “Peace in our time,” a pugnacious
controversial right-winger retorted, “You were given the
choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor, and you
will have war.” That right-winger went on to lead the United
Kingdom against Hitler. The latest...
July 16 - Vatican departments had more than a billion
euros that were not declared on an overall balance sheet
before new accounting standards kicked in last year, a
financial statement showed on Thursday. The man appointed to
clean up Vatican finances said last December that departments
had "tucked away" million of euros...
July 16 - The White House may continue to insist the
economy is on an upward path with full recovery very near, but
retail tells a different story, with so many big box outlets
shuttering or poised to shutter, business watchers are
predicting an “apocalypse” is imminent. And as retail goes, so
go the jobs. The blog
July 16 - Just when you thought it couldn't get much
McDonald's, it did. The six-month outlook for franchisees
is at an all-time low, according to a small survey by
Mark Kalinowski, a long-time restaurant industry analyst.
this). Some 29 franchisees, who collectively own and
operate 208 McDonald's...
July 16 - President
Obama will visit Federal Corrections Institution El Reno,
a medium-security prison in Oklahoma, in an effort to push
reforms to the nation's criminal justice system Thursday.
Obama's visit marks the first time a sitting United States
president has visited a federal penitentiary and underscores
July 15 - President
Barack Obama said Wednesday congressional failure to
approve the nuclear agreement with Iran would incite an arms
race in the Middle East.
Speaking at a White House press conference, Obama referred
to enacting the deal as "the choice we face. If we don't
choose wisely, I believe future generations will...
July 15 - President
Obama announced Wednesday his ConnectHome plan, which aims
to expand high speed broadband internet access to more
families nationwide. The program will launch in 27 cities and
the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, initially servicing over
275,000 low-income households and almost 200,000...
July 8 - Demographers have predicted it for a while,
but it's now official -- Hispanics now outnumber white people in
California, new Census data says. New
population figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau last
month found that as of July 1, 2014, there were an estimated
14.99 million Latinos in California and 14.92...
July 9 - New applications for U.S. unemployment
insurance benefits rose last week to their highest level since
February, suggesting some slowdown in the labor market
recovery. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose
15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 297,000 for the week that
ended July 4, the U.S. Department of...
July 8 - The marriage debate is over, Democratic
National Committee Chairman Debbie Schultz declares – but a
Supreme Court decision legalizing homosexual marriage
still managed to spark a heated exchange on the ABC talk show
"The View." "The marriage equality decision is settled,"
Debbie Schultz tells The...
July 9 - After an undocumented immigrant killed a San
Francisco woman last week, so-called "sanctuary cities" have
become a hot topic of debate among lawmakers, but many people
are unfamiliar with the issue and its terms. What makes a city
a "sanctuary" city? According to the Center for Immigration
Studies, more than...
July 9 - Federal marriage benefits will be made
available to homosexual couples across the United States after
last month's Supreme Court ruling, Attorney General Loretta
Lynch said on Thursday. "I directed Justice Department staff
to work with the agencies to ensure that the ruling be given
full effect across...
July 8 - District of Columbia council members voiced
their support Wednesday for a new law that would allow
non-citizens to vote in local elections. “These are residents
who are well on their paths to citizenship,” Councilman David
Grosso said. “Unfortunately not all of our residents have a
say in the politicians who are elected...
July 7 - Despite strong opposition, on June 24 the US
Senate passed the Fast Track bill1,2 (known as Trade Promotion
Authority or TPA) that gives the President carte blanche to
negotiate and finalize free trade deals in complete secrecy,
which brings us one step closer to the Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP). The TPP...
June 23 - In 2012, then California Assemblyman Dr.
Richard Pan (D-Sacramento)1 assured Californians that a bill
he sponsored (AB2107) to increase child vaccination rates in
the state would not remove parental rights to make vaccine
choices for their children. Now a state Senator, he's singing
a different tune. This year he worked...
June 23 - Many are not aware that in the US there is a
federally operated vaccine injury compensation program (VICP)
that Congress created under the National Childhood Vaccine
Injury Act. The US Court of Federal Claims in Washington DC
handles contested vaccine injury and death cases in what has
June 17 - As if the Iran nuclear deal farce were not
ridiculous enough already, President Obama is ready to reward
Tehran for its intransigence once again. Until now, a sticking
point in the deal was Iran’s refusal to come clean about its
history of nuclear cheating, to establish an honest baseline
from which future compliance can...
June 16 - The Food and Drug Administration is ordering
food companies to eliminate trans fats from their products
within three years, a move being hailed by the medical
community but excoriated by free-market advocates who believe
this is the just the beginning of the government taking
nutritional decision out of the hands...
June 18 - Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and chief
executive of Facebook, donated $5 million to help illegal
immigrants living in the San Francisco Bay area attend
college. “Hundreds of thousands of young immigrants are part
of our communities and attend school legally in the United
States,” he wrote on Facebook. “Many of...
June 17 - A few congressmen are fighting to block the
planned importation of thousands of Syrian refugees into
American cities and towns, arguing that they present a grave
security risk because many Syrians have ties to the Sunni
rebel groups ISIS and al-Nusra Front. But the fact is, as
President Obama ignores the concerns of...
June 17 - In a move that adds momentum to efforts to
integrate immigrants, California is on the cusp of extending
state-subsidized health care coverage to children from
low-income families who are in the country illegally.
Democrats, immigration groups and health care advocates
celebrated the announcement as both a cost-saving...
June 17 - Sixty four police recruits graduated from the
Boston Police Academy Wednesday and officially logged on as
officers. For two openly gay cadets, it represented a profound
bit of history. “It’s not just here come the gay cops, that’s
not how we want it to sound to people. We worked hard like
everybody else. We scored 100s...
June 18 - The increasingly tense relationship between
the United States and Russia might be about to face a new
challenge: a Russian investigation into American moon
landings. In an op-ed published by Russian newspaper Izvestia,
Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the government's official
June 17 - Americans have less confidence in organized
religion today than ever measured before — a sign that the
church could be "losing its footing as a pillar of moral
leadership in the nation's culture," a new Gallup survey
finds. "In the '80s the church and organized religion were the
No. 1″ in Gallup's annual look...
June 18 - The burger chain that put "supersize" into
the American vernacular is slimming down: For the first time
in more than 40 years, and perhaps ever, McDonald's says the
number of U.S. restaurants it has is shrinking. McDonald's
plans to close more restaurants in the U.S. than it opens this
year, according to the world's...
June 18 - A woman will soon grace the face of American
cash. In five years, the Treasury department will replace
Alexander Hamilton featured on the $10 bill with an historical
female figure. "It's time for a woman to be back on our paper
currency," Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told CBS News
correspondent Julianna Goldman.
June 18 - Pope Francis is calling for a bold cultural
revolution to battle climate change [formerly known as Global
Warming]. He issued a sweeping
manifesto aimed at spurring action in U.N. climate
negotiations. "Climate change is a global problem with grave
implications: environmental, social, economic, political and
June 18 - Syrian President Bashar Assad's army has used
chemical weapons at least 29 times in the past year, according
to testimony delivered Wednesday before the House Foreign
Affairs Committee. The action has been documented by
congressional investigators, and is a clear crossing of
President Barack Obama's "red line" of...
June 11 - Public schools in Fairfax County, Virginia,
are preparing to include gender identity in its curriculum,
despite objections from parents. The district's Family Life
Education (FLE) lessons will include teachings on
heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual, and transgender
identity. The school board voted in May to add...
June 9 - The island of Guam became the first U.S.
territory to recognize same-sex marriages Tuesday. The news
comes after a U.S. district judge struck down Guam's law
against same-sex marriage Friday after a lawsuit from a
lesbian couple. About three same-sex couples lined up early
Tuesday for marriage licenses.
June 10 - The Hispanic-dominated Los Angeles Unified
School District Board has decided it is better to let failing
students graduate with D grades rather than deny them a
diploma because of their poor grades in college prep classes.
The board unanimously agreed on Tuesday that students with a D
grade in so-called A-G...
June 10 - Carol Bowne knew her best shot at defending
herself from a violent ex was a gun, and not a piece of paper.
And it was paperwork that left her unprotected when Michael
Eitel showed up at her New Jersey home last week and stabbed
her to death, say Second Amendment advocates, who charge local
June 10 - A representative from the National Park
Service on Wednesday said the agency "does not object" to an
Alaskan senator's bid to rename Mount McKinley to Mount
Denali. Victor Knox, the associate director for planning,
facilities and lands at the Park Service, spoke before the
Senate Energy and...
June 11 - A Christian couple in Australia has vowed to
get divorced if marriage equality becomes legal. In an
op-ed for the Canberra CityNews, Nick Jensen wrote that he
and his wife, Sarah, would, “as a matter of conscience, refuse
to recognize the government’s regulation of marriage if its
definition includes the solemnization...
June 10 - I'm impressed by the coolness and steadiness
of our media in suppressing any news about immigration. It's
as if they've built a triple-layer fence with border guards
around immigration topics. And guess what? Their fence is
working! How many thousands of news stories have there been on
June 10 - On Wednesday,
according to The Hill, the White House Office of
Management and Budget approved new plans to regulate airplane
emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency will now hold
hearings on the prospective findings, then write up
regulation. According to the OMB, the EPA has shown that
June 11 - Under threat of trade retaliation from Canada
and Mexico, the House has voted to to repeal a law requiring
country-of-origin labels on packages of beef, pork and
poultry. The World Trade Organization rejected a U.S. appeal
last month, ruling the labels that say where animals were
born, raised and slaughtered...