While delivering a speech at a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in Rockville, Maryland, on October 18, President Obama omitted the “Creator” from the Declaration of Independence for the third time.

On Tuesday, October 19, U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips of California, who overturned the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, rejected the government’s request to halt her order enforcing her decision. For the first time in U.S. history, the military is accepting openly gay recruits.

Buried in an otherwise innocuous-appearing article in the New York Times about wiretapping was this chilling sentence: “The issue [of surveillance of individuals by law enforcement agencies] has added importance because [these technologies] developed by the United States to hunt for terrorists and drug traffickers can also be used by repressive regimes to hunt for political dissidents” [emphasis added].

Is nature providing yet another answer to the common cold? According to an October 16 Telegraph.co.uk article, scientists have discovered that tiny nanoparticles of silver can be attached to harmless bacteria, turning them into “silver bullets that can destroy viruses, and provide a cure for the common cold.”

The Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) are planning to release a report this week entitled, “Tea Party Nationalism: A Critical Examination of the Tea Party Movement and the Size, Scope, and Focus of its National Factions.”