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Archive for June, 2011

Liberals Praise Obama, ICE For Putting DREAM Act Tenets Into Practice

In a memo issued earlier this month, President Barack Obama’s immigration chief, Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) John Morton, advised ICE officials to use “prosecutorial discretion” when considering whether to deport illegal aliens. The leaking of the memo has led some to suggest ICE is enacting some of the principles of the controversial DREAM Act, which has not been passed despite multiple attempts by Democratic leaders.

Supreme Court: Banning Violent Video Games UnConstitutional

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court found that banning the sale of violent video games violates the 1st Amendment. The Court’s 7-2 verdict in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association struck down a California law that prohibited the sale or rental of violent video games to minors and required the games’ packaging to be specifically labeled for ages 18 and older.

White House Says Obama Fundraising Ad No ‘Big Deal’

On Monday, President Barack Obama’s campaign team emailed a short video to supporters and donors. The video was reportedly filmed in the White House by a crew from the Democratic National Committee. “This may, or may not, constitute fundraising by a federal employee in a federal office building, a practice that is generally prohibited,” reported Real Clear Politics.

Blagojevich Guilty On 17 Counts Of Public Corruption

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was found guilty Monday on 17 of 20 counts of public corruption associated with attempting to sell President Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat. “He was found guilty of all 10 counts involving wire fraud — each of which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. The other 10 involved extortion and bribery. Most of the counts have a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison,” CNN.com reported.

New Poll Shows Republicans Favoring Bachmann More

A new Associated Press-GfK poll has found that some Republicans are starting to favor a Presidential candidate other than former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. The findings show Representative Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) favorability rating increasing to 54 percent from 41 percent among Republicans.

Stress Hormone Promotes Preference For High-Calorie Food

Previous research has shown that when people feel pressures at work or experience other life stressors, they have a tendency to snack more, and the foods they choose are often high in fat and calories. Researchers have recently uncovered one of the mechanisms behind this response to stress.

Germs: The Myth

This is my old, favorite subject. I was drawn to it in the beginning because everybody believes “germs” spread sickness and disease. But I know that “what everybody believes” is wrong. It has been proven, without any doubt, that germs do not cause illness. Instead, they are part of the healing process. They are not contagious.

UN Encourages Developing Countries To Go Back To Basics In Farming

While practices developed in the 1960s to reduce famine were effective in producing the mass quantities of food needed to alleviate hunger, the use of agrochemicals and modern management techniques in large-scale farms has resulted in infertile farm land and pollution.

Bachmann Formally Announces Presidential Bid

Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) formally announced her intention to seek the Republican nomination for the 2012 Presidential election. Bachmann made the announcement in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, and stressed her connection to the Hawkeye State, which hosts the nation’s first caucus.

The Politics Of Ease

As it turns out, what Billy Sunday failed to accomplish, some unruly teenagers — with some assistance from the Democratic Party — are close to finishing. Chicago — the home of deep-dish pizza, Al Capone and a sizeable number of adolescents in dire need of an extended stay at a juvenile detention center — is facing a new crime wave.

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