Most Want Congress To Unleash The Hounds, North Korea Pops Off, Iran On America’s Tail, Obama Hearts John McRINO, Twitter Is Hell: Monday Morning News Roundup 5-20-2013

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Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.

  • Fifty-nine percent of respondents in a new poll believe Congress is making the right moves investigating the Administration of President Barack Obama. The poll also finds 54 percent of Americans approve of the attention Congress is giving to the Administration’s Internal Revenue Service scandal.
  • North Korea fired two short-range missiles Monday. That makes six launches in three days. The Hermit Kingdom also condemned South Korea for criticizing what it said were its legitimate military drills.
  • Iran has deployed a new (for Iran) warship to tail Western forces engaged in a joint minesweeping exercise in the Persian Gulf. The Iranians have gotten within a mile of the Westerners.
  • Saudis who don’t want to forfeit their souls should follow the advice of the head of Saudi Arabia’s religious police and stay off Twitter. Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh told the BBC that anyone who uses the service “has lost this world and the afterlife.”

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 Staff writer Sam Rolley contributed to this report.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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