A Maryland-based order of nuns has sent a formal appeal before a federal court in order to be exempted from having to provide contraceptive services to its employees.
The Little Sisters of the Poor filed their appeal Monday before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, requesting an exemption from the Department of Health and Human Services' "preventive services mandate."
The Little Sisters are being represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is handling several legal challenges nationwide to the HHS mandate. more >>
The environmentalist movement's latest target is fracking. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of extracting shale gas from deposits underground. Natural gas releases less CO2 than oil into the environment. For these reasons, environmentalists concerned with global warming should be pleased to be moving away from oil and toward natural gas, but instead they are trying to stop it, state by state as well as on the federal level.
This is because their real goal is not about reducing carbon emissions, but the radical change of getting people out of their cars and into public transportation. Not satisfied with incremental moves, environmentalists want to rush the process of moving people out of the suburbs and into tiny apartments located in big cities in order to satisfy their unproven, junk-science speculation that using natural sources of energy like oil and gas is bad for the earth.
Fracking started becoming prevalent in the U.S. about five years ago. The U.S. has plenty of natural gas reserves; the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates supplies will last for 230 years. more >>
During a recent visit to California, President Obama reconfirmed he is a devout believer in man-caused climate change and policies he proposes show he is willing to risk the wellbeing of our families and harm the economic future of our country in support of an unsettled theory he believes is a settled science.
The inconsistencies, distortions and falsifications unveiled during Climategate in 2009 matter not. Nor does the fact we have experienced fewer tornadoes and hurricanes the past three decades and extreme temperatures are nothing new to planet earth. The jury is still out, or so says a 987-page Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2007 report mentioning the words "uncertain" and "uncertainty" 1300 times and "key uncertainties" more than 50 times. If IPCC scientists admit the science is not settled, and no one, save God, truly knows why the climate periodically shifts, is not the president a bit presumptive?
Might this be much ado about nothing as authors Christopher Booker and Richard North suggest? In their book "The Real Global Warming Disaster: Is the Obsession with 'Climate Change' Turning out to be the Most Costly Scientific Blunder in History," they discuss how a "small group of global warming zealots who have repeatedly rigged evidence to support their theory" persuaded media and politicians "to land us with what promises to be the biggest bill in history." more >>
WASHINGTON – Experts agreed that the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative, pro-life, and evangelical groups in 2012 ties directly back to President Obama's campaign style before his presidency.
"The best way to look at this is as a continuum of a very long and determined political strategy that dates back to 2008 and a man named Barack Obama," Kimberley Strassel, a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, declared at The Heritage Foundation on Friday. Strassel argued that "this is a president and his team of political operatives who have always understood the power of speech, but more importantly, the power of denying it to their political opponents."
Obama's Political History and the IRS Scandal more >>
President Barack Obama's administration has expressed its outrage after a temporary truce between the Ukrainian government and protesters failed on Thursday, with reports claiming that up to 100 people died in new clashes, while 67 police officers were reportedly taken hostage.
"We are outraged by the images of Ukrainian security forces firing automatic weapons on their own people. We urge President [Viktor] Yanukovich to immediately withdraw his security forces from downtown Kiev and to respect the right of peaceful protest, and we urge protesters to express themselves peacefully," the White House said in a statement Thursday.
The Obama administration further urged the Ukrainian military not to get involved in the conflict, warning that the use of force will not resolve the crisis. more >>
More Democratic voters disagree than agree with President Barack Obama's remark that there is "not even a smidgen of corruption" at the Internal Revenue Service in relation to the scandal involving the targeting and harassment of Tea Party, pro-life and evangelical groups, according to a new Fox News poll.
Fifty-one percent of Democrats agree there is corruption while 40 percent answered there is no corruption. Nine percent said they do not know. For comparison, 64 percent of the full sample said there is corruption.
The IRS has acknowledged that it inappropriately singled out Tea Party groups for additional scrutiny, but said its actions were not politically motivated. Lois Lerner, the IRS official overseeing the department where those actions occurred, has resigned and chose not to testify about the scandal, exercising her right to not incriminate herself. more >>