"WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats delivered a major victory to President Obama when they blocked a Republican resolution to reject a six-nation nuclear accord with Iran on Thursday, ensuring the landmark deal will take effect without a veto showdown between Congress and the White House..."
"America is a nation of faith. So it is often said. In faith, a baker refuses to bake a cake for a gay couple’s wedding. In faith, a minister prays for the president to die. In faith, terrorists plant bombs at the finish line of a marathon. In faith, mosques are vandalized, shot at and burned. In faith, a televangelist asks his followers to buy him a $65 million private jet. And no one is even surprised anymore..."
Olgy Gary's insight:
Saying this is a powerful read is an understatement. It's definitely food for thought for those of us who call ourselves people of faith and, in my case, Christian. -- "In America, what we call faith is often loud, often exclusionary, sometimes violent and too frequently enamored of shiny, expensive things. In faith, ill-tempered people mob the shopping malls every year at Christmas....In faith, a minister prays for the president to die. In faith,terrorists plant bombs at the finish line of a marathon...For all its loudness, all its exclusion, violence and ubiquity, the faith that is modeled in the public square is often not particularly affecting..." --Leonard Pitts Jr., winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Price for commentary, columnist for the Miami Herald
Mark Ciavarella Jr. was convicted of taking bribes from developers of juvenile detention centers. The case, known as "kids for cash" led to the tossing of 4,000 convictions issued by Ciavarella.
Olgy Gary's insight:
Despicable man. He took bribes from developers of juvenile detention centers and sent over 4,000 kids to juvie in this "kids for cash" case. He took $1 million dollars in bribes. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court just tossed those 4,000 cases, though I'm not sure those kids' lives will be the same after this. :-(
"In his impassioned address in the wake of Thursday's horrible shooting at an Oregon community college, President Obama issued a challenge to the media. "Have news organizations tally up the number of Americans who've been killed through terrorist attacks in the last decade and the number of Americans who've been killed by gun violence, and post those side by side on your news reports," he asked....Okay...Here's what that looks like..."
"Jeb Bush's tax plan would cut individual income taxes for almost all Americans, but would not do so equally. In fact, according to a new analysis from Citizens for Tax Justice, more than half the dollar value of the tax cuts would go to 1 percent of the population — the richest 1 percent:..An extra $942 for a middle-class family, an extra $82,392 per family for the top 1 percent..."
This was a great week for the White House. A month ago Democrats were working to stop a GOP-penned resolution of disapproval against President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran. No, the resolution wouldn’t preclude the president’s authority to enter the deal, nor would it keep him from enforcing the agreement...
"...As reporters tried to figure out what was next for Davis — would she really allow marriage licenses for same-sex couples to be distributed once she returned to work? — “Eye of the Tiger’s” co-author was thinking about something else. Davis and/or her entourage hadn’t just co-opted his song for a cause he didn’t believe in. She had done it without his permission. 'I have not authorized the use of Eye of the Tiger for use by Kim Davis and my publisher will issue a [cease and desist],' Peterik tweeted. 'This does not reflect my views'...”
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