dishThe House and the Senate are scheduled to conduct their initial committee hearings this week on the question of reauthorizing three sections of the Patriot Act that will expire at the end of this year.

deport raidAccording to a Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) report, raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers are not only catching illegal immigrants, they are clearing the way for legal workers to take over the positions vacated by illegals.

BaucusSenator Max Baucus introduced the first “deficit neutral” healthcare legislation on September 16, but the bill would increase most people's healthcare premiums and still “break the federal budget” — if you believe President Obama's July 22 prime time address to the American people. Back then, Obama stated: “We also know that with health care inflation on the curve that it's on we are guaranteed to see Medicare and Medicaid basically break the federal budget.”

detainee“The Justice Department's review of detainee abuse by the CIA will focus on a very small number of cases,” the September 19 Washington Post reported. Prosecutor John H. Durham is tasked with investiging a mere half-dozen cases of torture, the Post reported, but not torture officially sanctioned by the top levels of the Bush administration.

colorblindIn a study published on September 16 by the journal Nature, scientists say they have used gene therapy to cure red-green color blindness in two adult male squirrel monkeys.

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