“This is abuse…. It’s [another] case of eminent domain abuse,” said Renee Smith-Ward, owner of Wag’In Tail, a dog-grooming salon in Auburn, New York. As reported by Fox News, the city is threatening to use “eminent domain” to seize her salon and other private property nearby to allow a builder to construct a hotel conference center.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments April 19 to decide whether or not a public institution can deny recognition to a student group if the group requires that only practicing Christians can be members.
Reuters reported that former Vice President Dick Cheney endorsed Republican Marco Rubio in Florida's U.S. Senate race on April 22, and that he was also sharply critical of Rubio's Republican primary opponent, Governor Charlie Crist.
When President Obama speaks today at the site of Abraham Lincoln's famous "House Divided" speech, he will find New York's political establishment divided over the President's campaign to rein in the financial industry. New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to attend the President's speech at The Cooper Union College, but is not expected to be cheering when the President speaks of stricter controls over banking and investment firms.
The Washington Post has reported that federal regulators are planning to push for the gradual reduction in the amount of salt in foods that Americans consume. This plan would address the amount of salt in processed food, although the federally allowable salt limits had not yet been set. The Food and Drug Administration plans to work in concert with the United States Department of Agriculture to reduce salt consumption by Americans.