The federal government has the authority to force churches to comply with Obamacare regulations that force employers to provide contraceptive and birth control coverage to their employees, the Obama administration's top lawyer argued Wednesday before the United States Supreme Court.
Although churches and other houses of worship are exempt from having to comply with the Health and Human Services contraception and abortion-pill mandate, religious nonprofits and colleges are not exempt from having to comply with an accommodation to the mandate that forces them to notify the government of their religious objections so that the government can insure that the issuers of their health plans still provide the objected coverage under their plans.
Should the organizations not comply with the accommodation, they would be forced to pay upwards of $100 per employee in fines, which for many of the organizations would result in the loss of millions of dollars. more >>
Families of Americans missing in Brussels since this week's deadly suicide bombings by Islamist militants were desperate on Thursday for any word of their loved ones after a false alarm that a missing U.S. couple had been found.
About a dozen Americans were hurt in Tuesday's attacks on Brussels' airport and a metro station, but there have been no confirmed U.S. fatalities so far, according to U.S. officials, who added that the situation remained very fluid.
At least 31 people were killed and more than 270 wounded in the blasts that were claimed by the Islamic State militant group and sent shockwaves across Europe and the world. more >>
I had the occasion this week to dust off my old copy of The Way the World Works by Jude Wanniski, a close advisor to former HUD Secretary and former Congressman Jack Kemp, back in the day when the Carter malaise had us thinking much in the way we do today. As I loaned the book to one of my students who needed it for a paper he is writing, I also gave him an admonition to take good care of it.
It is in a worn condition.
Reading that book back in the late 1970s was the beginning of a lifetime fascination with political economics. As I thumbed through the book again, two folded up pieces of newspaper fell onto my desk. They were op-ed essays from The Wall Street Journal that I had clipped out and saved from years ago. One, from Nov. 29, 1979, was titled "Jack Kemp's Intellectual Blitz," a word-play on Kemp's first career as a professional football quarterback. The other was from Jan. 18, 1996, titled "Jack Kemp vs. Henry Simons." more >>
President Barack Obama has vowed that the Islamic State terror group will be destroyed, following criticism he received from Republican presidential candidates about not doing enough to fight the radical Islamists.
Obama also spoke out against Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's comments in the campaign trail in which he says if he becomes president, he'll carpet bomb IS-held locations.
The American president further asserted that the U.S. will "continue to go after ISIL aggressively until it's removed from Syria and from Iraq and finally destroyed," CNN reported. Obama called the destruction of the terrorists a "top priority of ours," and added that "we can and we will" defeat terrorism. more >>
Candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have the highest unfavorable ratings of any presidential race frontrunners since 1984, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll.
"More than half of voters have unfavorable views of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump; each has a net negative rating in the double-digits," reported CBS News about the two candidates who are expected to win their respective party's nomination.
"Compared to frontrunners in previous presidential primary races, Trump and Clinton's unfavorable ratings (57 percent and 52 percent, respectively) are the highest in CBS News/New York Times Polls going back to 1984, when CBS began asking this question." more >>
At a campaign rally for Sen. Ted Cruz in Utah Saturday, popular radio host Glenn Beck accused evangelical Christians who are supporting Republican frontrunner Donald Trump of "not listening to their God."
"Utah has an incredible opportunity. So many Christians have been standing up. But all throughout the South the evangelicals are not listening to their God. Let us raise a standard in Utah," Beck said in support of Trump's Republican rival.
Addressing Mormon voters directly, Beck then asked: "Where the hell are the priesthood holders? Where are you? Thank you. It's time to stand up. It's time to stand up. You know what time it is. The priesthood is supposed to rise up and restore the Constitution. Now is that time. Period." more >>