President Obama did his best to shift his administration’s focus to the economy a week ago during a speech at Illinois’ Knox College by blaming the anemic economy on Republicans and “phony scandals.” According to the President, “With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball”.
On Tuesday an appeal court ruled unanimously that the city’s Board of Health exceeded its legal authority and acted unconstitutionally when it tried to put a size limit on soft drinks served in city restaurants. The city’s law department promised a quick appeal.
“Today’s decision is a temporary setback, and we plan to appeal this decision as we continue the fight against the obesity epidemic,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement.
We recently found a report funded by “The Skillman Foundation.” The report showed that just two years before Detroit went bankrupt, it’s citizens were already becoming morally and economically bankrupt. One key aspect in the decline of Detroit was the decline of kids being raised by their married parents, let alone in a two parent home.
The Amash amendment to defund the NSA and stop the NSA from collecting of Americans phone records was barely defeated. In fact the amendment which was named after its sponsor (Representative Justin Amash) was barely defeated, only requiring a few more votes. One of those key votes was Michelle Bachmann, a representative and self proclaimed conservative who actually defended the NSA.
Bachmann compared the information being collected by the NSA to addresses on an envelope saying, “Is there a privacy right as to what’s been written on that envelope? No there isn’t. Where there is a privacy right is what’s contained inside that envelope,”. Yes Bachmann was a surprising defender of the NSA, there was also a surprising critic. According to the Daily Caller, “The Republican author of the Patriot Act angrily rejected the Justice Department’s argument that one of the law’s provisions authorizes the seizure of all Americans’ telephone records, “.
Rabih Ahmad (a sunni muslim) and Rudayna Melaab (a druze), recently eloped and were married by a Sunni sheikh. Prior to the marriage the couple had lied to the bride’s family and told them Ahmad was a Druze. After the two were married the brides family found out about the deception, confronted the couple, and then invited the newlyweds over for dinner to reconcile.