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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down without comment a petition for review from Maher Arar, the Syrian-born Canadian citizen who named former Attorney General John Ashcroft and other U.S. officials as defendants in a suit over his 2002 arrest, detention, and deportation to Syria for interrogation as a terrorist suspect. The Court's denial of review lets stand a ruling against Arar by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals last November. 

When FoxNews.com wrote that a small publishing company put warning labels on copies of the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, and other founding documents of the American republic, the immediate response was negative, and viral. The disclaimer on the publisher’s reprints of Common Sense, the Articles of Confederation, and other historical documents reads: “This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today.” The disclaimer goes on to warn parents to discuss the contents with their children before allowing them to read those documents. 

In what some would see as an insidious maneuver against the sovereignty of the states, President Barack Obama has asked Congress to approve a $50 billion stimulus package for the purpose of blunting "the devastating economic impact of budget cuts" by states and cities around the country. This money, the President asserts, would be used to safeguard the jobs of teachers, police, fire fighters, and other public sector employees whose jobs might otherwise be imperiled by the "mounting economic crisis."

The official report from a blue-ribbon panel warns that terrorists with weapons of mass destruction (WMD) are likely to attack somewhere in the world in the next three years, and the United States could be a prime target.

Citing a statement from a Middle East affairs expert who helped formulate the Obama administration’s first Afghan strategy in early 2009, a New York Times article published on June 15 cast doubts on the practicality of President Obama’s plan to begin pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by July 2011.

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