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A Kinder, Gentler Drone; Panhandling’s Constitutional; Newt’s Peanut Gallery GOP; ‘Million Muslim March’ On Sept. 11; Jack Lew’s Magical Icebound Federal Deficit – Thursday Morning News Roundup 8-15-2013

August 15, 2013 by  


Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.


  • Efforts to stop journalists, and the public at large, from using the word “drone” have failed miserably, but the industry hasn’t given up trying. “Drone” is a dirty word at this week’s drone industry convention in Washington. Source: The Washington Times…



  • A federal appeals court has ruled Michigan’s Depression-era law that criminalizes begging is unconstitutional because it violates free speech rights. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a lower court decision that said Grand Rapids police were wrong to arrest two homeless men in 2011 for asking for change. Source: The Detroit News… 



  • Former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich reprimanded fellow Republicans in unusually harsh terms Wednesday, blaming GOP members of Congress for developing “zero” alternatives to President Obama’s health care reform law. “I will bet you, for most of you, you go home in the next two weeks when your members of Congress are home, and you look them in the eye and you say, ‘What is your positive replacement for Obamacare?’ They will have zero answer,” Gingrich said. Source: CNN…



  • A group called The American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC) is planning a one million Muslims march to Washington D.C. on September 11th. The group seems to rationalize the date chosen for their march by claiming that the media has been lying to the American people with regard to the role Islam played in the 9/11 attacks. Subtle. Source: Breitbart…



  • If the Treasury Department’s daily statements were to declare that the government had borrowed an additional net $98 billion to cover the $98 billion deficit the Treasury declared in its monthly statement for July, the Treasury would be conceding that the government had already surpassed the legal limit on the National debt – and has been violating the law by continuing to borrowing additional money. Instead, even as Jack Lew’s Treasury was running up the $98-billion deficit it reported in the July Monthly Treasury Statement, every one of the 22 Daily Treasury Statements published for July said the Treasury had closed out the previous business day with exactly $16,699,396,000,000 in debt. Source: CNS News… 


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