Newslinks 04/25/10

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Negative policy comments not ‘racist’
A black Christian conservative activist says those who don’t support President Barack Obama’s policies are not racist.

‘Pro-life Democrat’ – R.I.P.
A conservative writer says the retirement of Congressman Bart Stupak is the official “obituary” for the phrase “pro-life Democrat.”

Perspective: The ‘pro-choice’ fraud exposed
Well done, Barack Obama…you’ve just proven something that pro-lifers have been fighting to demonstrate for 40 years: the abortion movement has never been about choice.

Obama’s goal? Socialism at all costs
Author Jerome Corsi says it will be very difficult to reverse the socialist policies of Barack Obama, even if Republicans take over control of Congress next year.

Family-friendly = box office-friendly
Family-friendly movies continue to make an impact at the box office, and some are even receiving critical acclaim.

Sebelius Says President Obama Has Instructed All Cabinet-Level Departments to Promote Public Health
– Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says President Obama “expects” all cabinet departments to leverage their resources in support of public health, a move she suggested is unprecedented. Sebelius explained that the Department of Transportation can operate as a “health agency” by funding bike trails for communities, for example.

Health Law Bans New Doctor-Owned Hospitals, Blocks Expansion of Existing Ones
– The new health care overhaul law, which promised increased access and efficiency in health care, will prevent doctor-owned hospitals from adding more rooms and more beds. The new health care rules single out physician-owned hospitals, making new projects ineligible to receive payments for Medicare and Medicaid patients. More than 60 doctor-owned hospitals across the country that were in the development stage will be canceled, said Molly Sandvig, executive director of Physician Hospitals of America.

Justice Ginsburg’s Advice for Female Lawyers: Marry A Supportive Husband
– Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the best thing female lawyers can do to ensure they have successful careers is to marry a loving, supportive husband who will not be afraid to put his wife ahead of himself.

Justice Ginsburg: Supreme Court Picks Should Not Be Made Based on Religion
– Speaking at Georgetown University Law School on Thursday, Ginsburg – one of two Jewish justices on a court dominated by Catholic members – said no justice would want to be identified by his religion.

Activist Atheist Pair Want Pope Arrested
–Accusing the Pope covering up clerical sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens want lawyers to build a case for arresting the pope for “crimes against humanity” when he visits Britain later this year to beatify a 19th century British theologian.

Polish President Was a Reliable U.S. Ally, But Also a Candid Critic
– The death of Polish President Lech Kaczynski cut short the leadership of a conservative who did not shy away from controversy, whether it meant annoying the European Union over the death penalty or the Kremlin over his opposition to Russian maneuvering in the former Soviet sphere of influence. His death also deprives the West of an uncompromising ally, one who was strongly supportive of the military missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and willing to brave Russian anger by agreeing to host U.S. missile defense facilities as a shield against Iran.

Pre-Vote Stupak: ‘I’m Not Going to Run From the Issue’; Senate Bill Will ‘Go Down in Flames’
– In December, the day before the Senate passed its health-care bill, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich) told that abortion language in Senate version of the bill was unacceptable, that the bill would “go down in flames” in the House, and that he and other pro-life Democrats were under extreme pressure from the Obama White House and House Democratic leaders to change their position on the issue.

Prayers for Sudan Urged as Historic Voting Kicks Off
Sudanese across Africa’s largest country filed into polling stations Sunday to cast their votes for Sudan’s first competitive elections in nearly a quarter century.

Millions Pray for Polish Crash Victims

Focus on the Family to Kick Off 12-City Tour

Nebraska Lawmakers Advance Fetal Pain Bill

Obama ‘Will Move Quickly’ to Tap Stevens Successor

Evangelical Prof Resigns After Pro-Evolution Video Row

Dawkins, Hitchens Want Pope Arrested During U.K. Visit
Atheist campaigner Richard Dawkins wants Pope Benedict XVI to be arrested during his state visit to Britain in September.

Pastors, Theologians to Reaffirm ‘Unadjusted’ Gospel of Christ

Driscoll: Christians Need to be ‘Go and Die’ People

‘Letters to God’ Reaches Box Office Top 10

Episcopal Diocese of Utah Names Gay Priest Among Bishop Candidates

Presbyterian Denomination Enjoined from Dismissing College’s Trustees

Stevens held out for ‘extreme left’ president
The nation’s largest public policy women’s organization is not too encouraged by the list of possible replacements for Justice John Paul Stevens, who has announced he is retiring from the Supreme Court.

Goal: Dismantle the Tea Party movement
Opponents of the fiscally conservative Tea Party movement say they plan to infiltrate and dismantle the political group by trying to make its members appear to be racist, homophobic, and moronic.

Perspective: The VAT-man cometh?
Tax increases depress economic conditions. So why is there discussion of introducing a value-added tax? Because it’s a favorite “stealth” tactic of big-spending governments.

Educators warned re: new sex-ed law
A Wisconsin law enforcer is warning public school teachers in his county that teaching sex education in accordance to a new state law could lead to criminal prosecution.

Review: ‘Secrets of the Mountain’ – see it…
A rare occurrence – family-friendly fare in primetime on TV, compliments of Walmart, P&G, and NBC.

Jennifer Knapp Returns to Christian Music Scene, Confirms Her Sexuality
Award-winning Christian music artist Jennifer Knapp has returned from a seven-year hiatus with a bang.

Evangelicals Want U.S. Nuclear Talks to Include Iran, N. Korea

Joyce Meyer Joins Critics of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Survey: 3 in 5 Unchurched Americans are Christian

Polish President Remembered as Pro-Family Advocate

Humanists Unveil ‘In Good We Trust’ Billboard

White House Science ‘Czar’ Tells Students: U.S. Can’t Expect to Be Number One in Science and Technology Forever
– The Obama administration’s top science and technology official, who has argued for the economic de-development of America, warned science students last Friday that the United States cannot expect to be “number one” forever. “We can’t expect to be number one in everything indefinitely,” Dr. John P. Holdren said at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Nuclear Summit Part of Obama Administration’s ‘Fantasy Foreign Policy,’ Newt Gingrich Says
– Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich characterized this week’s nuclear summit in Washington as a “charade” that reveals the Obama administration’s “fantasy foreign policy.” On Tuesday, Gingrich also described President Obama’s emphasis on diplomacy as reminiscent of U.S. foreign policy leading up to World War II.

Hoyer Calls for ‘Civility’ After Stupak Retirement
– Speaking to reporters at his weekly press briefing on Tuesday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) had been “very courageous” in voting for health care reform, and that despite the “negative atmosphere” created by tea party activists, the embattled Michigan Democrat had not been forced out of office. Hoyer attributed Stupak’s decision to retire on the difficulty the congressman had in communicating with his mainly rural constituents.

Education Department Touts New Civil Rights Enforcement Efforts, But Will Not Investigate Suicide of Bullied Student
– The Education Department’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights says cases involving civil rights violations in schools have been neglected, and that the Obama administration will investigate such cases more diligently. She said her office will look into the gang rape at a California school, but not a deadly bullying case at a Massachusetts school.

Early Republican Straw Polls Viewed As Measure of A Candidate’s Ability to Organize Supporters
– On Saturday, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) came within one vote of beating former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll in New Orleans. Such polls are not scientific samplings of likely Republican primary voters for 2012, but they do indicate how well candidates can organize for an event.

U.S. Hopes for Continued Access to Central Asia Base
– Kyrgyzstan’s provisional government says it will abide by an agreement allowing the United States to use an airport near the capital of Bishkek. But amid a resurgence of Russian influence, the future of the last remaining U.S. military facility in Central Asia is far from assured.

Chinese Accounts of Obama-Hu Meeting Ignore Iran Sanctions Issue
– Iran may have been the key topic of Monday’s one-on-one meeting between President Obama and his Chinese counterpart, but Chinese officials and state media paid far more attention to other issues, including Tibet and Taiwan. A spokesman for the Chinese delegation – visiting Washington for the nuclear summit — made no reference to sanctions, and neither did Chinese media reporting on the meeting.

Commencements tilting decidedly left
As colleges and universities across the country get ready for spring graduation ceremonies, one conservative organization is releasing data it says shows a “clear liberal bias” in schools’ selection of commencement speakers.

Jennifer Knapp confirms she’s a lesbian
Another prominent Christian music artist has come out of the closet.

Perspective: The ENDA innocence for our children
While many of us were focused on defeating government-run healthcare, the Democrats and their homosexual and transgender allies were working overtime on something equally sinister.

First-of-a-kind bill passes – victory for pro-lifers
A landmark law for the pro-life effort has passed in the Nebraska legislature.

Perspective: Tea Party saboteurs
Radical acolytes of the late left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky understand the importance of manufacturing demons — thus their relentless campaign to sabotage the Tea Party movement.

Nebraska Gov. Signs Landmark Abortion Bills
Nebraska’s governor signed two landmark bills Tuesday that put unprecedented restrictions on abortions performed in the state.

Western China Quakes Leave 400 Dead, More Buried

Christian Aid: Needs of Afghan People Must Not Be Forgotten

Prop. 8 Opponents Unable to Put Repeal on November Ballot

Okla. Senate OKs Resolution Honoring Late Pastor Billy Joe Daugherty

‘Empowered 21’ Congress Draws 10,000 Pentecostals, Charismatics

Rep. Grayson Calls Labor Unions Strongest Force for ‘Good Government’
– Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) said Tuesday that labor unions were the strongest force for “good government” in the United States. Grayson was appearing on a live webcast with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka to promote a new website that publicizes executive pay at the nation’s largest companies.

Unions Making Postal Service Unsustainable, GAO Says
– The U.S. Postal Service’s business model is not sustainable, and generous, union-backed employee benefits along with collective bargaining contracts are a big part of the problem, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office. “USPS officials told us that as mail volume declines, it would be more efficient to have a much higher proportion of part-time workers than is currently available under existing agreements,” the report said.

Obama and Democrats Don’t Understand U.S. Economy, Would Get Answer Wrong on Citizenship Test, Republican Lawmaker Says
– President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress probably could not correctly answer question number 11 on the test required to become a naturalized U.S. citizen, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said on Wednesday. Question number 11 on the 100-question citizenship test asks, ‘What is the economic system of the United States?” The two correct answers are: Capitalist Economy and Market Economy.

After Obama’s Strong Push for Sanctions on Iran, Administration Starts to Dampen Expectations
– President Obama expended considerable energy this week urging international support for fresh U.N. sanctions against Iran over its nuclear activities, but with continuing resistance from some influential countries, the administration is signaling that it will likely have to scale back its expectations. Obama’s meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev this week brought no indication – in public at least – that either government was willing to consider anything other than mild sanctions.

Sen. Schumer to Attorney General Holder: No KSM Trial in NYC, ‘Just Say It Already’
– Attorney General Eric Holder testified Wednesday that the prosecution of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York City was “not off the table,” but Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) issued a statement saying that he knows the Obama administration is not going to hold the trial in New York and “(t)hey should just say it already.”

Dressed as ‘Giant Condoms,’ PETA Activists Promote ‘Safe Sex’ for Animals at a Busy Intersection in Little Rock
– People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) dispatched two of its members to a busy intersection in Little Rock, Ark., dressed as “giant condoms” to promote “safe sex” for animals.

Survey: 1 in 4 Christians in Africa Hold to Indigenous Beliefs
About one in every four Christian in sub-Sahara Africa believes sacrifices to spirits or ancestors can protect them from bad things happening, according to the results of a recently released, 19-country survey on religious attitudes in Africa.

Christians Divided Over Student Response to LGBT ‘Day of Silence’

New Effort Launched to Protect Rights of Churches

‘Letters to God’ Director: Theaters ‘Threatening’ to Pull Movie

Relief Groups Get Moving as China Quake Toll Passes 600

Renowned Atheist-Turned-Deist Antony Flew Dies at 87

Prayer ruling ‘flawed’
The American Center for Law & Justice says yesterday’s ruling on the National Day of Prayer is flawed and likely will be overturned.

No Prop. 8 repeal…at least for now
A petition drive designed to overturn California’s Prop. 8 has failed, but activists aren’t through with their effort.

Research: Muslims struggle to assimilate
An author and terrorism expert appreciates that a Danish psychologist has publically stated that “integration of Muslims in Western societies is not possible.”

‘Hurt’ drives many out of church
A new survey shows that many adults identify themselves as Christians, but no longer attend church because they’ve been wronged by fellow believers.

Pray Knapp will hear God’s truth
A program director with the American Family Radio network is encouraging prayer for a Dove Award-winning musician who has come out as a lesbian in public interviews this week.

Legal Experts Blast Judge’s Decision: ‘If National Day of Prayer is Unconstitutional, the Constitution Is Unconstitutional’
– Conservative legal groups and congressmen blast Thursday’s ruling as ignorant and wrong — and warn the issue could be settled at the Supreme Court by Justice Stevens’ successor.

Court Rules National Day of Prayer Unconstitutional
– A federal district court in Wisconsin ruled on Thursday that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional, a decision that has angered a constitutional law firm that filed an amicus brief defending the National Day of Prayer. The case was filed by The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based group that challenged the constitutionality of a 1988 law giving the president authority to designate the first Thursday in May as National Day of Prayer.

Taxpayer Group Crowns New Congressional ‘King of Pork’, ‘Top Narcissists’ for 2010
– Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), and Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) and were the top award “winners” in the 2010 Congressional Pig Book Awards issued Wednesday by the taxpayer group Citizens Against Government Waste. Harkin and Byrd jointly won the “Narcissist Award” for 2010 – a little-coveted award given to those members of Congress who request taxpayer money to fund projects named after themselves.

Tea Party Group Targets Top Dems for November Defeat
– The Tea Party Express announced Thursday that it will organize its followers to defeat top House and Senate Democrats up for re-election in November. Among the “Tea Party Targets” are Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), and Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.). The group also released a list of “heroes.”

NYT/CBS Poll: 52% Say Obama Moving America Towards Socialism
– A New York Times/CBS News poll asked respondents specifically whether President Obama’s policies “are moving the country more toward socialism.” Fifty-two percent answered “toward socialism” while only 38 percent answered “not toward socialism.”

Pelosi Changes Vote Schedule – Disrupts Republicans’ Plans To Attend Tea Party Rally
– House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) recessed the House late Thursday afternoon and called for a vote at 7:30 p.m., the time when many Republicans had planned to speak at the Tax Day Tea Party gathering near the Washington Monument. Grover Norquist, president and founder of Americans for Tax Reform, said there are three people to blame for heading the country in the wrong direction: “Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and President Barack Obama.”

Rep. King: ‘I’m For Abolishing the IRS and the Federal Income Tax Code’
– Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said he supports “abolishing” the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the federal income tax code. He made his remarks at a pre-tax-day event on Capitol Hill with other Republicans and several conservative activists.

Original 1040 Tax Form: Only 3 Pages and 1 Page of Instructions
– The first 1040 federal income tax form from 1913, including the instructions, was only four pages long (the instructions covered only one page). Today, the instructions for the basic 1040 tax form total 101 pages, and there are 76 lines that taxpayers must fill in with information.

Poll: Americans Say They Should Pay No More Than 20 Percent in Taxes
– A majority of Americans say they are overtaxed and think they should have to pay no more than 20 percent of their income in federal taxes. Nearly two-thirds of those polled did not know that half of the federal budget is consumed by just three items: Defense, Social Security, and Medicare.

‘American Patriots’ Urged to Read and Sign the ‘Contract From America’
– A tea party umbrella group is urging politicians to sign onto a “Contract From America” — a list of conservative agenda items intended to advance free market principles, limited government, and individual liberty.

Hillary Clinton: ‘We Have a Lot to Learn’ About Energy Policy From Other Nations
– Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told officials from more than 32 Western Hemisphere nations on Thursday that the United States is looking to those nations to develop better energy policies and practices. She said the U.S. has a “deep respect” for the way nations such as Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Costa Rica are developing clean fuels and adopting sustainable technologies: “We know we have some catching up to do, and we’re committed to doing just that,” Clinton said.

Holder: Miranda Warnings for Terrorists Won’t Harm Interrogations
– Informing a terror suspect of his right to remain silent and his right to an attorney does not prevent the government from effectively prosecuting terrorism cases, Attorney General Eric Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee this week. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, ranking Republican on the committee, was skeptical about Holder’s view on Miranda warnings.

Waning Support for Defamation of Religion Resolution Undermines Defense of Islam, OIC Chief Says
– As its annual “defamation of religion” resolution loses ground at the United Nations after a decade of successes, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is urging its members to close ranks on the issue, which it calls vital for the defense of Islam. The Islamic bloc’s powerful secretary-general, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, has voiced dismay about the declining support for the resolutions.

Mideast Tensions Rise Over New Missile Claims
– Allegations that Syria is providing Lebanon’s Hezbollah with Scud missiles capable of hitting targets far inside Israeli territory are prompting warnings of new conflict in the volatile region. Syria’s foreign ministry Thursday denied the claims and accused Israel of using them “to further strain the atmosphere in the region.”

Children dying at parents’ request
A recent study reveals that a few physicians may have facilitated the deaths of terminally ill children at their parents’ request.

Black minister addresses Tea Party rallies
A Louisiana minister says he hopes more pastors join him in the Tea Party movement.

Prayer ruling ‘flawed’
The American Center for Law & Justice says yesterday’s ruling on the National Day of Prayer is flawed and likely will be overturned.

April raises awareness for abortion recovery
This is the 5th annual Abortion Recovery Awareness Month.

Book Review: Devotional classic updated
A collection of devotional thoughts authored in the mid 1930s by the “Billy Graham of India” reflects the universal appeal of Christianity.

China Quake Toll Shoots Up Past 1,144
The death toll from Wednesday’s 7.1-magnitude earthquake in western China shot up to more than 1,144 late Friday after being reported as 791 just ten hours earlier, according to the government’s official press agency.

Obama Urged to Appeal Nat’l Prayer Day Ruling

Haiti Drops Kidnapping Charges Against 9 U.S. Christians

Many African Christians, Muslims Hold ‘Apocalyptic’ Beliefs

Virginia Tech Pastor: Should We Fire God?

Mohler: An Adjusted Gospel is a False Gospel

Advocates push for stillborn birth certificates
Pennsylvania lawmakers are again considering a bill to provide birth certificates for stillborn babies.

Authors shun movie on Amish shooting
The authors of a book about the mass shooting at an Amish school in Pennsylvania are distancing themselves from a movie adaptation that aired last month on the Lifetime Movie Network.

Terrorists ban school bells in Somali town
Residents and a school official say militants in Somalia have banned school bells in one southern town because they say they are un-Islamic.

ENDA, schools, and your children
Pro-family advocate Andrea Lafferty is warning about the potential ramifications of ENDA, pro-homosexual legislation that has been revived in Congress.

Perspective: One word makes all the difference
If you ask Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama, government is failing if it doesn’t ensure that every individual American gets what they want.

Author: GOP’s ‘fake’ conservatives a liability
An author and former member of President Ronald Reagan’s staff says there’s no guarantee the GOP will regain control of the House or Senate this fall, particularly because it is full of what he calls “fake conservatives.”

Perspective: Debt’s all, folks
Projections of existing program spending don’t count the inevitable spending that will flow from all the yet-to-be unleashed goodies that Congress and President Obama have in their hip pockets.

Albuquerque – world’s next abortion capital?
Local pro-life groups are getting prepared to deal with a late-term abortion facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Legal Experts Blast Judge’s Decision: ‘If National Day of Prayer is Unconstitutional, the Constitution Is Unconstitutional’
– Conservative legal groups and congressmen blast Thursday’s ruling as ignorant and wrong — and warn the issue could be settled at the Supreme Court by Justice Stevens’ successor.

Tim Tebow: Stand for Something
Be willing to stand alone and to stand for something, former University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow told college students over the weekend.

Francis Chan Takes Step of Faith, Lets Go of Megachurch

Indonesia High Court Upholds Blasphemy Law

Nigerian Pastor’s Murder Prompts Increased Security

Iranian Christian Teen Detained, Separated from Blind Parents

N.Y. Episcopal Priest to Marry Gay Partner

District admits to webcam spying
A suburban school district in Pennsylvania secretly captured at least 56,000 webcam photographs and screen shots from laptops issued to high school students.

Adoption law axed, pro-family appeal to come
A pro-family leader in Arkansas is denouncing a state judge’s decision to strike down a law banning unmarried, cohabiting couples from adopting or fostering children.

Congress backs Israel – even if Obama doesn’t
Messianic Jewish ministry leader Jan Markell is encouraged that three-fourths of both the House and Senate have sent a resounding message of pro-Israel support to the Obama administration.

Law school policy befuddles justices
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in a battle over the rights of freedom of expression and freedom of association on college campuses — and observers note the justices appeared to be divided.

Perspective: A true Christian hero
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor and author who became a force for good, working against the unfathomable evil of Nazism. It cost him his life.
White House: Obama Not Proposing or Considering Value Added Tax
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– A VAT “is not something the president has proposed, nor is it under consideration,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said on Monday.

Atheist Group Calls on Obama to Endorse ‘National Day of Reason’ Instead of ‘National Day of Prayer’
– An atheist group is calling on President Obama to ditch the National Day of Prayer and formally recognize its own “non-theist” version called “The National Day of Reason.” Last week, a federal judge in Madison, Wis., ruled that the law designating the first Thursday in May to be the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional because it negatively impacts non-believers.

EPA Launches Contest for Videos Promoting the Importance of Government Regulation
– President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is encouraging the public to create video advertisements that explain why federal regulations are “important to everyone.” As explained in the EPA press release announcing the contest, the videos will remind the public that federal regulation touches “almost every aspect” of their lives.

Arizona Sheriff Says Cops Are Being Killed by Illegal Aliens; Joins Call for U.S. Troops at Border
– Law enforcement officials from Arizona say they want U.S. troops to help secure the border, to prevent the deaths of more officers at the hands of criminals who enter the country illegally. “We’ve had numerous officers that have been killed by illegal immigrants in Arizona,” Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said Monday at a Capitol Hill news conference. “And that shouldn’t happen one time.”

Twenty Democrats Targeted for Defeat in November Based on Their Vote for Health Care Bill
– The political arm of the conservative Family Research Council announced on Monday that it has raised $500,000 to run ads in the districts of 20 House Democrats who “voted for President Obama’s abortion-funding health care bill.”

U.K. Election Campaign Enlivened by Come-From-Behind Politician Who Wants A ‘Rebalanced’ Transatlantic Relationship
– As the focus of Britain’s election campaign turns briefly to foreign policy this week, the views of anti-establishment outsider Nick Clegg will come under closer scrutiny, including his belief that Britain must “rebalance” its partnership with the United States. Liberal Democrat leader Clegg confounded predictions for the May 6 election after delivering a strong performance in last Thursday’s first-of-its-kind, U.S.-style live television debate among the three main party leaders.

Sen. Lieberman ‘Startled’ by Pentagon’s Failure To Mention ‘Islamic Terrorism’ In Report on Ft. Hood Massacre
– Senate Homeland Security Committee Chair Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) said he was “startled” that the Pentagon did not mention “radical Islamist extremism or Islamic terrorism” in its report about the Ft. Hood massacre. Lieberman says many Americans already know the incident was incited by radical Muslim ideology.

Probe of Alleged White House ‘Quid-Pro-Quo’ Won’t End After Pa. Senate Primary, Issa Says
– Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate primary is less than a month away, but the Democrats choosing a nominee should not deter a probe into possible crimes related to that primary committed by White House officials, said Rep. Darrel Issa (R-Calif.), ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Tyrell’s ‘After the Hangover’ Explains Conservatism’s Successes — and Obstacles
– Liberals tend to talk only to each other and are isolated from most Americans, according to R. Emmett Tyrell Jr., author of the forthcoming book “After the Hangover: The Conservatives’ Road to Recovery,” published by Thomas Nelson.

Justice Department Reports 60 Percent Increase in Number of Drug-Smuggling Tunnels at U.S.-Mexican Border
– The number of tunnels being used to smuggle illegal drugs across the Southwestern border grew by more than half between 2008 and 2009, according to a March 25 report from the National Drug Intelligence Center.  “The proliferation of the underground tunnels is an indication that smugglers see them as an effective venue to bring in contraband into the U.S.,” the report said.

Conservative Blogs Take on EPA with Anti-Regulation Video Contests
– Two conservative blogs have each launched a contest searching for the video that best exhibits the unintended negative consequences of federal regulations. It’s a tongue-in-cheeck response to a federal contest recently announced by the EPA, which is seeking videos explaining the importance of federal regulations.

Biden Goes to Bat for ‘Equal Opportunity in Athletics’
– “What we’re doing here today will better ensure equal opportunity in athletics, and allow women to realize their potential — so this nation can realize its potential,” Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday as he announced changes to the procedure for complying with Title IX funding requirements.

Hoyer Says Financial Regulation Bill is Not a Bailout Bill
– House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Republicans are “grasping at straws” when they claim that the new financial regulatory legislation being pushed by Democrats would allow new federal bailouts without additional votes by Congress. Hoyer contends the bill does not allow new bailouts.

U.S. Congress Urges Obama to Impose New Sanctions on Iran, As U.N. Drags Its Feet
– The U.S. Congress is edging closer to legislation providing for the toughest sanctions yet on Iran, including measures targeting gasoline imports. Separate letters to Obama, signed by more than 360 members of the House and 79 Senators, both cite the need for sanctions to “dramatically [impact] Iran’s ability to import refined petroleum.”But the administration has shown no enthusiasm for targeting gasoline, indicating that the step would hurt the Iranian people rather than the regime, and make multilateral sanctions harder to achieve.

One-Third of Americans Believe Climate Change is Caused by Human Activity
– One-third of Americans believe that global climate change is a man-made phenomenon, and nearly 60 percent think there is serious disagreement in the scientific community as to the cause of climate change, according to two new Rasmussen polls. In April 2008, a much higher percentage — 47 percent of Americans — said they believed that global warming was caused by human activity.

Obama ‘amused’ by Tea Parties
One of the most conservative members of Congress says President Obama must be completely out of touch with reality for making light of the recent Tea Party gatherings around the country.

Perspective: Righting the ship
We will not survive the policies of this president. Either we turn this American ship around quickly, or we will all go down with it.

‘Mark of the beast’ idea back on the table
Objections are being raised over a proposed immigration reform measure that involves a provision calling for a national ID card.

Problems with multiculturalism unveiled
A Canadian pro-family activist says the push for acceptance of multiculturalism has created the problem the province of Quebec is experiences as Muslims have been protesting a bill that would restrict women from wearing face coverings.

DVD Review: A challenge to go deeper
The Fathers of Vision DVD series is a bucket of cold water on a dazed dad. It challenges men to take discipleship seriously.

Frustrated Anglicans Seek Way Forward Amid Greater Tension
As the Anglican Communion continues to deal with divisions and tension within the global body, the Archbishop of Canterbury reminded leaders on Tuesday that there are no quick solutions for the wounds.

Battle Over School’s Non-Discrimination Policy Reaches High Court

Haiti Judge: Charges Against All 10 Volunteers Stand

Volcano Halts Some Missionary Work in Europe

Pastor: What Would Jesus Say to Tiger Woods and Jesse James?

Ministry Troubled by Dawson McAllister’s Submission to Gay Advocates

Pelosi Calls Press Conference to Unveil $140,000 Light Fixtures in House Cafeteria
– House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday to unveil new light fixtures in the House cafeteria. The light fixtures cost $140,000 and will take around 10 years to pay off in saved energy.

Democrat Congressman: America’s Fossil Fuel Use Is ‘Sinful’
– Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) said on Wednesday that it is “sinful” for Americans to use the amount of fossil fuels they do. Cleaver, a United Methodist pastor, also said the Bible commands people to be good stewards of the Earth, which he said mankind is not doing.

Congressman’s Earth Day Message: Trees Along Streets Make Better Drivers
– In a speech to the Alliance for Community Trees on Wednesday, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said that more trees lining urban streets “retards speeding.” “I don’t know if it’s calming or it changes the visual impact on them, but it changes driving behavior and makes those communities safer.”

Obama Won’t Rule Out Value Added Tax, Which Would Hit All Income Levels
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– On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs repeated his assertion, first made on Monday, that President Obama is not currently considering a value added tax. But Gibbs did not give a definitive answer when reporters pressed him on whether the president would rule out a VAT if a fiscal commission appointed by the president recommends it.

Dick Armey: Democrats Will Impose Value Added Tax On Top of All Other Taxes
– Economist and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) told he “always believed” that Democrats would impose a Value Added Tax (VAT) on top of all existing, current taxes when they took control of the House, Senate and White House. Armey described the VAT as the most “insidious tax of all.”

DHS Official Says Underwear Bomber Might Have Raised A Red Flag After He Arrived in Detroit
– A Department of Homeland Security official told a Senate panel on Wednesday that the Christmas Day bomber probably would have raised a red flag on his arrival in the United States. The committee called the hearing to find out what changes the Obama administration has made since the Nigerian man tried to detonate a bomb hidden in his underwear on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 as it neared the airport in Detroit on Dec. 25, 2009.

Sen. Leahy Wants Obama to Nominate A Justice Who Will Move Supreme Court to the Left
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– Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) wants President Obama’s next court appointee to move the court in a different direction. “We have right now a very, very activist, conservative activist, Supreme Court,” Leahy told reporters after he and other senators met with President Obama Wednesday. “I think this does not reflect the American people but reflects more of a partisan agenda. I would hope that the president’s nominee can get us back away from that.”

Activists Claim Free Speech Victory As ‘Leaving Islam’ Ads Return to Buses
– A public transit authority in Florida has reversed a decision to take down banner advertisements on buses that offer help to Muslims wanting to leave their faith. The decision came after the group initiating the ad campaign threatened a lawsuit, claiming breach of contract and violation of First Amendment rights.

ENDA Could Open ‘Every Classroom in America’ to Cross-Dressing Teachers, Conservative Group Says
– Homosexual activists are pressuring the House to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). They want a vote on the bill as early as this week. A conservative group warns the bill could bar employers from firing transsexuals, cross-dressers or men who think of themselves as women.

‘Godless’ Dems have ‘death grip’ on blacks
A new political action committee has been formed to run conservative black candidates against liberal black members of Congress — specifically, those in the Congressional Black Caucus.

Voters’ frustration may hold GOP back
Author Tom Pauken says while he expects the GOP to make headway in this November’s midterm elections, he has serious doubts the party can actually regain control of either the House or Senate.

Perspective: Why the left doesn’t get it
For the record, many Tea Party supporters did complain about the size of government pre-Obama. Now things have changed — for the worse.

Lawsuit follows removal of bus ads
Miami-Dade County Transit is being sued for removing ads placed on buses following a complaint from a radical Islamic group that is linked to terrorism.

NASA threatened by talk of intelligence
A NASA employee in California has filed suit over action taken against him for discussing intelligent design with other employees.

Icy Weather Compounds Suffering of China Quake Victims
Relief groups distributing aid to survivors of last week’s massive quake in China’s Yushu County are braving the below-freezing temperatures and working to overcome a number of obstacles to alleviate the suffering of thousands.

Congressmen Defend Nat’l Day of Prayer as Constitutional

Some Christians Celebrate Earth Day with Caution

Pastor: God Communicates through Word and Nature

Dave Gibbons: Don’t Think Movement, Think Holy Spirit Movement

Catholic Bishops Issue ‘Heartfelt Apology’ for Child Abuse

Christian Theologian on Earth Day: ‘Climate Change Is the Totalitarian’s Dream Come True’
– For E. Calvin Beisner and his colleagues at the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, every day is Earth Day because Christians are called by God to be good stewards of the planet and its inhabitants. Beisner believes that it is not carbon emissions but global warming activism and international climate treaties that are a threat to the nation’s future and the world’s poorest populations.

‘Climate Change Is a National Security Issue,’ Democrat Says
– Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) said that climate change, “pure” oceans and the reduction of carbon emissions are national security issues because they affect our military and the enemies we “fight” around the globe.

Lawmaker Says Obama Administration Doesn’t Want to ‘Coerce People Into Their Cars’
– A congressional Democrat says the Obama administration wants to adopt measures that will encourage Americans to use transportation other than their cars.

GM Repaid TARP Loans With TARP Money, Republican Senator Says
– A Republican senator is questioning General Motors’ claim that it has repaid its taxpayer-funded loans in full. “It looks like [GM’s] announcement is really just an elaborate TARP money shuffle,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said in an April 22 letter to Treasury Secretary Geithner.

Obama Administration ‘Urges’ Health Insurer to ‘Stop Dropping Coverage’ for Breast Cancer Patients
– Kathleen Sebelius’ letter to WellPoint, dated April 22, comes after Reuters reported that the company “has specifically targeted women with breast cancer for aggressive investigation with the intent to cancel their policies.” WellPoint calls the Reuters report “inaccurate and grossly misleading.”

As Iran Lobbies Against Sanctions, Biden Sees World ‘Unified’ on Nuclear Issue
– Vice President Joe Biden voiced optimism Thursday that a sanctions resolution against Iran would be in place “by the end of this month or in the first weeks of May.” Iran’s president, meanwhile, is lobbying members of the U.N. Security Council not to vote for the resolution.

Justice Dept. Reviewing Request to Name Special Prosecutor to Probe White House Job Offer to Sestak
– Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to name a prosecutor to investigate at least three potential crimes involving an alleged White House offer to a congressman. Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.). says he was offered a job as inducement to drop his Democratic primary challenge to incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter.

Interior Secretary Says National Security Can Co-Exist With ‘Ecological Values’ at U.S.-Mexico Border
– Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told that national security and ecological values can coexist at the U.S.-Mexico border. The comments came amid Republican criticism that the Interior Department is using conservation as a pretext to interfere with U.S. Border Patrol operations on federal lands, particularly when it comes to stopping illegal immigrants and drug smugglers.

La Raza President: Immigration Bill ‘Would Make Living in Arizona a Police State’ for Hispanics
– The head of the National Council of LaRaza pleaded with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Thursday not to sign into law a bill that would become the toughest immigration statute in the nation. The bill grants police the authority to check the legal status of people they reasonably suspect are illegal immigrants.

Poll Shows Support for Tea Party Movement Continues to Grow
– A new Rasmussen survey conducted on the eve of the Tea Party movement’s first anniversary found that U.S. voters who self-identify as part of the Tea Party movement jumped eight points since the previous month. In March 2010, 16 percent of American voters surveyed identified themselves as Tea Partiers.

South Korea Seeking Solid Evidence to Explain Warship Disaster
– Four weeks after a mysterious explosion sank a South Korean naval ship near the disputed maritime border with North Korea, salvage crews prepared Friday to raise the remaining segment of the vessel in the hope that it may shed further light on a tragedy, which many South Koreans are blaming on their communist neighbor. South Korea’s foreign minister has said that if North Korea turns out to be behind the sinking, Seoul would take the matter to the U.N. Security Council.

Army disinvites Graham to Pentagon Prayer Day
Evangelist Franklin Graham’s invitation to speak at a Pentagon prayer service has been rescinded because the Army says his comments about Islam were inappropriate.

‘Perfect storm’ sets stage for widespread doubt
A conservative political scientist and historian says a recent poll showing that 80 percent of Americans mistrust Washington doesn’t bode well for the Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections.

ObamaCare, amnesty expand Dems’ control
One of the staunchest critics of President Obama in Congress says the president’s agenda is clearly to increase the size of the dependency class in order to assure perpetual Democratic control of the country.

KY abortion clinic falls victim to video sting
Live Action, a student-led pro-life group, has exposed alleged illicit practices at another abortion clinic.

School prayer at issue in Florida
The Florida legislature is working on a measure that some are calling a “school prayer bill.”

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