An appeals court has overturned a federal judge’s decision that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional and has ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the President’s right to proclaim the annual observance. As reported by the Associated Press, “A three-judge panel of the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation did not have standing to sue because while they disagree with the president’s proclamation, it has not caused them any harm.”
On March 30, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y., picture, left) and 15 co-sponsors (including Republican leaders) introduced S. 679, the “Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act.” The measure would remove the “advice and consent” requirement for many executive branch appointments, giving the President unchecked power to fill key administration positions.
“A go-along, get-along Republican” who “doesn’t have stomach for a fight.” Those were the words used by Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips to describe Speaker of the House John Boehner after Boehner cut a deal with Democrats to keep the federal government funded.
The compromise fiscal 2011 budget resolution Congress passed April 14, which awaits President Obama's signature, boasted some $38 billion in "cuts" that were just gimmicks and would increase spending overall, according to analysis by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.
A Philadelphia judge issued a “gag order” in the trial of Pennsylvania abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who could face the death penalty if convicted on multiple murder charges for allegedly delivering viable children, killing them with scissors outside of the womb, and then keeping severed body parts as souvenirs and trophies at what prosecutors described as his “house of horrors” abortion clinic.
The Illinois legislature has taken an important step to protect the rights of gun owners, reining in a move by state Attorney General Lisa Madigan which disclosed the names of 1.3 million residents who currently hold a state-issued Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) card. The passage of House Bill 3500 sent the measure to the state Senate, where it has received 10 sponsors.
Nearly a week after the budget deal in Congress was approved, Americans and analysts are still reeling over the proximity of a government shutdown, and even worse, the fraudulent nature of the supposed “savings” found in the deal.
Conservative pundit Mark Levin (picture, left) called the budget deal a “historic scam,” while Joe Weisenthal of Business Insider went a step further, dubbing it a “gigantic fraud.”
When former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (pictured) was being interviewed on CNN last week, he was asked if he would accept the position as Donald Trump’s running mate for President, he responded: “I’m running for President. I’m not putting my hat in the ring rhetorically or ultimately for vice president so I’m focused on running for president. ” Host Piers Morgan jumped on his statement immediately: