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Having just shed the shackles of monarchy, the Founding Fathers were loath to establish a government with an all-powerful chief executive. To prevent it, they created a government divided into three equal branches. Their idea was that each branch would check the other in order to limit government’s growth. But Congress has abdicated its responsibility, the Federal judiciary has become the oligarchy Thomas Jefferson warned about, and the result is we now have an imperial Presidency.
Major credit rating agency Moody’s said that it is considering downgrading the United States’ sterling credit rating as lawmakers debate the debt ceiling.
The government shutdown in Minnesota nearly forced some beer to be pulled off store shelves because of expired licenses. On Thursday, the governor and top Republicans struck a deal to end the budget impasse.
Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was for many years a member of the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stillwater, Minn., which belongs to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). However, just before she announced her candidacy on June 27, the church council granted a request from the Bachmanns to be released from their membership on June 21. Some members of the media are suggesting that this church resignation may have a lot to do with the WELS controversial stance on Catholicism: that the Roman Catholic Pope is the Antichrist.
A Federal appeals court found today that, although the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had clearly violated Federal law, the Court would not block them from using full-body scanners, called Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT), in airports.
Today, President Barack Obama gave another press briefing, in which he made what the White House called “Remarks on the Status of Efforts to find a Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction.” He began with a brief statement, saying that there would be no talks today. He also expressed his concern about the Aug. 2 deadline being so close: “this should have been taken care of earlier,” and “we are obviously running out of time.”
The Republican Congressional leaders may have anticipated President Barack Obama’s remarks today, especially the ones about the GOP needing to propose “a serious plan.” After all, before the President spoke today, the House Speaker and Majority Leader delivered remarks of their own.
Facebook users beware: Law enforcement officials have been increasingly serving warrants to the social network giant, often gaining access to profiles without the users’ knowledge.