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Pelosi: 'As a Practicing and Respectful Catholic,' Late-Term Abortion 'Sacred Ground'

On Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) blasted a bill prohibiting late-term abortions except when the mother’s life is in danger by calling such abortions “sacred ground.” She said, “As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this. I don’t think it should have anything to do with politics.” Jun 13, 2013 11:23 AM PT

Bank Robbery Suspect Wants NSA Surveillance Records for Defense

Terrance Brown, 40, is on trial in South Florida for allegedly conspiring with four other men to hijack armored trucks delivering cash to banks in 2010. All have pleaded not guilty. But now Brown has come up with a unique defense: he wants the National Security Agency to turn over his phone records to the court to demonstrate his innocence. Jun 13, 2013 11:07 AM PT

Feds to Grab $130B in Fines from Employers Thanks to Obamacare

The federal government is set to pick up $130 billion in penalties over the next decade from companies once Obamacare kicks in, according to estimates provided by the government. Those penalties will land on companies that either don’t provide employees health insurance or what the government considers to be “inadequate” health insurance. Jun 13, 2013 10:57 AM PT

Corporate Sponsors Dumping Boy Scouts

On Thursday, Caterpillar announced it would pull support from the Boy Scouts thanks in part to the Scouts’ decision to allow openly homosexual scouts but not scoutmasters. Spokeswoman Rachel Potts said that the Caterpillar Foundation thinks that the policy is discriminatory, but refused to say that the policy was the whole reason for support being pulled. Jun 13, 2013 10:38 AM PT

DOJ Spent $58M on Conferences in 2012, Employs 558 Prison 'Recreation Specialists'

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) sent a bracing letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday accusing him of failing to redirect wasted money within the Department of Justice from frivolities to necessities. Pointing out that the Department of Justice claimed in February that sequestration – a set of mandatory spending cuts signed into law – would “have an impact on the safety of this country,” and that the DOJ is currently threatening to furlough federal law enforcement, Coburn pointed out millions in wasted cash throughout the department. Jun 13, 2013 10:29 AM PT

Rubio: 'We're Wasting Our Time' with Current Version of Immigration Bill

On Thursday morning, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the key Republican member of the so-called Gang of Eight behind the current immigration reform bill, said that he would drop his support for the bill if Democrats insisted on a provision allowing newly-legalized illegal immigrants to sponsor their gay partners’ immigration. “If this bill has something in it that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill,” he said. “I’m done. I’m off it, and I’ve said that repeatedly. I don’t think that’s going to happen and it shouldn’t happen. This is already a difficult enough issue as it is.” Jun 13, 2013 10:18 AM PT

FEMA Denies Aid Request for West, Texas Explosion Disaster

On Wednesday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reportedly sent a letter to Texas Governor Rick Perry to notify him that FEMA would not be providing federal emergency management aid for the West, Texas explosion that virtually destroyed the entire town. According to the Associated Press, the letter said that the explosion “is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration.” Jun 12, 2013 11:03 AM PT

Senators to Obama: Please Take a Back Seat on Immigration

With the immigration reform debate heating up, senators from both sides of the aisle are urging President Obama to stay out of the debate, fearing that his polarizing presence could help sink any bill. Obama, who said yesterday that “the moment is now” on immigration, has been stepping up his public lobbying, drawing attention and fire. Jun 12, 2013 10:49 AM PT

Biden: Without Obama, Blacks and Hispanics Won't 'Automatically Come Out' to Vote Dem

On Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden bashed Republicans at a fundraiser for Democrat Ed Markey, the candidate for Massachusetts Senator. After punching at Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), Biden turned to problems within the Democratic Party, explaining that it would be difficult to get blacks and Hispanics to vote without a black candidate on the ticket. “Barack Obama’s not at the head of the ticket,” said Biden. “And that means those legions of African-Americans and Latinos are not automatically going to come out …. No one has energized them like Barack Obama. But he’s not on the ticket. So don’t take this one for granted.” Jun 12, 2013 10:42 AM PT

Los Angeles Gives Cars, iPads, Cash to Student Winners of 'Attendance Challenge'

A certificate used to be enough for students with perfect attendance at the end of the school year. But in the Los Angeles Unified School District, two perfect attendees throughout high school received new Chevrolet Sonics, priced at $18,000, for showing up to school every day. During the 2012-2013 school year, LAUSD has handed out monthly prizes to kids who were present every day; the awards were presented by local donor companies, including Knott’s Berry Farm and Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Jun 12, 2013 10:31 AM PT

Jailed 'Innocence of Muslims' Filmmaker Vows to Finish Movie Blamed for Benghazi

On Tuesday, jailed filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula spoke out. Nakoula was blamed repeatedly by members of the Obama administration for his YouTube video on Mohammed supposedly spurring the Benghazi terrorist attack of September 11, 2012. That accusation was false. Speaking with, Nakoula – who is scheduled to be released from prison in a few weeks – vowed to continue his film on Mohammed, The Innocence of Muslims. Jun 11, 2013 3:55 PM PT

Graham: 'If I Thought Censoring the Mail Was Necessary, I Would Suggest It'

On Tuesday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) explained that he would censor Americans’ mail if the war on terror required it. “In World War II, the mentality of the public was that our whole way of life was at risk, we’re all in,” he said. “We censored the mail. When you wrote a letter overseas, it got censored. When a letter was written back from the battlefield to home, they looked at what was in the letter to make sure they were not tipping off the enemy. If I thought censoring the mail was necessary, I would suggest it, but I don’t think it is.” Jun 11, 2013 3:42 PM PT

Paul Krugman Focuses on Princeton Bomb Threat Victim Paul Krugman

On Tuesday morning, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman was minding his own business at a coffee shop on the Princeton University campus when his world stopped turning. The Princeton University campus received a bomb threat to multiple buildings, forcing evacuation. Jun 11, 2013 10:46 AM PT


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