An Alabama-based Catholic television station has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services over its controversial mandate that requires religious employers to cover contraceptives, including those that can cause early abortion.
Eternal Word Television Network, whose station in Irondale brings programming to more than 145 million homes across the globe, filed the suit on Monday.
Brought before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, EWTN is being represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and has the aid of Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange. more >>
President Barack Obama has hit the lowest public approval ratings of his administration, according to a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, dropping five points from a month ago, down to 42 percent.
The White House has had to deal with a number of major issues this past month in particular, notably with the government shutdown after Congress failed to agree on funding issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act, the revelation that the National Security Agency has allegedly been spying on a number of world leaders and U.S. allies, and the launching of the fiasco Health Care website, which has been plagued by a number of glitches and technical difficulties.
The NBC/WSJ poll, which was conducted Oct. 25-28 and surveyed 800 adults with a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points, found that there was no single issue to account for Obama's fall in the ratings. more >>
Seattle megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll takes a serious swipe at Barack Obama in his soon to be released book, A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future? by pointing to the president's questionable spirituality and often weak embrace of evangelicals as an indicator that born-again "Christians' days are getting darker."
"On January 21, 2013, Barack Obama placed his hand on a Bible he may not entirely believe to take an oath to a God he may not entirely know," writes Driscoll, as read in chapter one of an advance copy of the book given to The Christian Post. "Jesus alone will judge his soul one day, but in the meantime we are free to be confused by a man who says he's a Christian while ending his speech to America's largest abortion provider with, 'Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you.'"
In the section of the first chapter (Christendom is Dead) subtitled, "One Nation, Under God?" Driscoll points out that one notable omission on the inauguration stage was Pastor Giglio, who was scheduled to give the inaugural prayer at the 2013 ceremony and then withdrew, while some say he was pressured to do so by the Inauguration Committee. more >>
Sounds like we got trouble in River City… Good citizens, make your check payable to Cruz Against Soviet Healthcare. Or just 'CASH'" – Republican operative and commentator Mike Murphy, Oct. 25
Those in the political world with nothing better to do Friday night were transfixed on C-SPAN or Twitter, following along with Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) speech in Des Moines to the Republican Party of Iowa. Among those were members of the hard-to-define "Republican Establishment." The best way to describe the establishment is that they are the people who think that the 87 House Republicans who voted to end the government shutdown and increase the debt limit two weeks ago cast a smart vote, as opposed to the 144 other Republicans in the House who didn't.
Murphy (@murphymike), an alum from John McCain's rogue 2000 presidential campaign and a Meet the Press regular, was one of the establishment Republicans tweeting snark about Cruz during his speech (example above). Another was Alex Castellanos (@alexcast), best known these days as a commentator on CNN. In response to a Cruz comment that dumping every Washington strategist in the ocean would be "a good start," Castellanos cracked that he could "recommend a good finish." more >>
When Vice President George H.W. Bush accepted the GOP nomination for president in New Orleans in 1988, he memorably said: "Read my lips, no new taxes." Too memorably, as things turned out. He won that election handily, carrying forty states against the hapless Michael Dukakis and 53 percent of the vote. It was the last comfortable victory the Republicans have seen.
By 1990, however, President Bush was in a bind. He had an army in Saudi Arabia as part of Operation Desert Shield and he had a solidly Democratic Congress determined to force him to break his tax pledge. His OMB Director, the late Dick Darman, urged him to make a deal with the Hill and get on with the business of governing. When more savvy political advisers protested, citing the "Read my Lips, no new taxes" pledge to the American people, Darman reportedly replied that those were just words some speechwriter put in front of the president.
That may be. But the president's lips pronounced those words. And his breaking of his over-the-top promise to Americans doomed the Bush presidency. Arguably, the Bush fracturing splintered Ronald Reagan's winning coalition, a solid majority that Republicans have not been able to reassemble since. Despite a stratospheric 91 percent approval rating following his lightning victory over Saddam Hussein's forces in the first Gulf War, Bush's standing sagged for two years. His broken promise fueled grassroots rage and the Perot challenge. Bush 41 fell to Bill Clinton in the 1992 election, gaining an abysmal 37 percent of the popular vote. Columnist George Will said he had made a sow's ear of the Reagan silk purse. Even Barbara Bush piled on. Commenting on his retirement sport of skydiving, she puckishly said she hadn't seen her George take such a plunge since the `92 campaign. more >>
Most Americans believe that the United States of America is an exceptional country. The "borders test" proves that people are coming to America, not fleeing from America to exit to other countries.
Republicans and conservatives recognize that the principal reason for our unique abundance is our constitutional restraints on the power of government, separation of powers, balanced budgets, and a minimum of government supervision and interference in our daily lives. America offers a remarkable opportunity for foreigners; no matter what socioeconomic rank they were assigned in their native country.
Most of the millions of immigrants we have welcomed came from countries where the only government they knew was one that made all decisions about economic and social policy. The current level of legal immigration to America adds thousands of people every day whose views and experience are contrary to the conservative value of limited government. more >>