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On Wednesday, President Barack Obama gave his first press conference since March, speaking from the East Room of the White House. Lasting just over an hour, the press conference’s question-and-answer session covered a wide range of topics, but seemed to focus on criticizing Congress. Speaking initially about the economy, the President discussed currently stalled bills that he believes Congress should pass, including bills on patent reform, funding for construction jobs, trade agreement reform and extending payroll tax cuts.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said the Federal Government could, through various accounting maneuvers, avoid going into default after the United States breached its current debt limit of $14.3 trillion in May. However, he said the accounting hoodoo could work only until Aug. 2 at the latest, and he urged lawmakers to vote to extend the debt limit as soon as possible.
On Wednesday, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that nearly all individuals must buy health insurance. The three-Judge panel, which included two Republican nominees, ruled 2-1 in favor of the law’s Constitutionality.
Citing the 1st Amendment, the United States Supreme Court struck down a California law that prohibited the sale of violent video games to children.
Utah’s Orrin Hatch has served six terms in the U.S. Senate, making him the current longest-serving Republican Senator. Now, some Tea Party activists are saying six terms is enough. About 20 Utah residents staged a protest in front of the National Republican Senatorial Committee headquarters on Monday
The Texas Legislature blinked Monday and passed a watered-down anti-groping bill that gives Transportation Security Administration agents carte blanche to continue groping travelers at Texas airports based on reasonable suspicion.
The doctor won’t see you now: Doctors are so unhappy with private health insurers that an increasing number of them won’t accept new patients, even if they have health insurance.
A brief was recently filed by the Second Amendment Foundation asking for a summary judgement to strike down a fee for owning a handgun in New York City. The organization says that the $340 fee that the city requires for a handgun license is “inherently prohibitive.”
Blood is being spilled in Western democratic cities like Vancouver, Canada, and Athens, Greece. With America’s economy stuck in recession and with the dismal and arrogant leadership provided by President Barack Obama and Congress, it is not hard to imagine similar violence in American cities.