Republicans Poised to Declare War on Welfare State: Senate Republicans scuttled a bipartisan $1.2 trillion dollar spending omnibus bill last week. Now, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is scrambling to pass a temporary funding bill to keep the federal government’s lights on. The GOP abruptly pulled the plug on the omnibus, a massive piece of legislation that Republicans and Democrats had collaborated on for months. Why? Because the Republicans want to start over in the next session of Congress when they will control the House and pick up seats in the Senate. They intend to rewrite the spending bill with much less Democratic input. In other words, bipartisanship proves once again to be a racket.
GOP Plans To Investigate Muslim-Americans: Incoming chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is already causing quite a commotion with his plans to hold congressional hearings on what he calls the “radicalization of the American Muslim community.” According to King, “mainstream” Muslims are being silenced by their leaders and it’s up to Congress to uncover why. Never mind that Rep. King’s belief is flat-out wrong. Like others who have launched political careers by demonizing a specific ethnic group, King dismisses all criticism of his proposed witch hunt as “politically correct nonsense.” King even takes it one step further and maintains that the proposed investigations are for the good of all Muslims.
The Philippines Are About to Issue Christian Money: New bills will be containing this direct quotation from the Christian Bible: “Pinagpala ang bayan na ang Diyos ay ang Panginoon (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord)”… which comes from Psalm 33:12. This statement can be found above the seal of the Republic of the Philippines.
Judge orders feds to pay $2.5M in wiretapping case: A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the U.S. government to pay more than $2.5 million in attorney fees and damages after he concluded investigators wiretapped the phones of a suspected terrorist organization without a warrant. U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker said the attorneys for the Ashland, Ore., chapter of the now-defunct Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation should receive $2.5 million for waging its nearly five-year legal challenge to the Bush administration’s so-called Terrorist Surveillance Program. Walker also awarded $20,400 each to Wendell Belew and Asim Ghafoor, two of the foundation’s Washington D.C.-based lawyers. They had their phone conversations with Al-Haramain principals monitored, the judge said.
Catholic Church ‘Punishes’ Hospital for Saving Woman’s Life: Do you need any more evidence to be convinced that hospitals should not be affiliated with the Catholic Church? In 2009, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center admitted a pregnant woman who was at nearly 100% risk of death. In order to save her life, the doctors chose to abort her baby, saving the mother’s life in the process.
GOP Delays Confirmation Of Obama Nominee Because He Might Want To Help Underwater Homeowners: The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that the Obama administration has been trying to cajole Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into writing down loan principal for troubled homeowners. Incoming House Financial Services Chairman Spencer Bachus (R-AL), however, is not on-board with the effort. And he’s evidently not alone. In fact, the GOP is so dead-set against helping borrowers who are underwater on their mortgages — meaning they owe more than their house is currently worth — that they are delaying confirmation of the administration’s nominee to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency (Fannie and Freddie’s chief regulator) because he might be sympathetic to loan write-downs