Hobby Lobby, an Oklahoma City-based national retailer with 22,500 employees and more than 500 stores in 41 states, has become the latest — and largest — business to file suit against President Obama's contraception mandate, that requires employers to provide its workers health insurance that offers free sterilization and contraception, including birth control drugs that have been found to cause abortion. Companies that refuse to follow the mandate can face fines of up to $1.3 million per day.

Antonio Villaraigosa, the mayor of Los Angeles, was serving as chairman of the Democratic National Convention when the effort was made to put God back in the platform. He read the new language, then called for a voice vote to approve it — not once, but three times, since it was clear that he did not have the two-thirds majority needed to approve it. After the third attempt to try to get a better result, he went ahead and declared the measure passed.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney left some of his fellow Republicans and media allies troubled by his eagerness to condemn the Obama administration's response to Tuesday's anti-American demonstration in Egypt and the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. diplomats. Romney described an earlier statement issued by the U.S. embassy in Cairo as the administration's "first response" to the attack, characterizing the statement as "akin to an apology" for an anti-Muslim film that sparked the riots and an attempt to "sympathize" with the attackers.

The Obama administration is being heavily criticized over its response to the ongoing crisis surrounding American diplomatic missions in the Middle East and North Africa, turmoil that has seen Islamist mobs attack multiple embassies and has already claimed the life of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens. Among other elements, critics slammed the president’s failure to vigorously defend free speech rights and explain it to the world. 

 The Office of the Special Counsel announced Wednesday that Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius violated the Hatch Act by campaigning for President Obama while in her Official capacity.

 New Zealand author/researcher Trevor Loudon has amassed a devastating expose' of the influences of communists, socialists and other radicals on President Barack Obama — from his childhood to adulthood, and from the earliest stages of his political career to his current occupation of the White House.

 The Navy Times, the official newspaper for the U.S. Navy, is reporting that the back-panel, high-resolution photos used during a speech by Admiral John Nathman to pay tribute and honor U.S. veterans on the last day of the Democratic National Convention were in fact warships of the Russian Navy.

 

 The Founding Fathers’ words are being used to vilify corporate political campaign messages, but the historical record condemns the condemners and shows that the Founders supported free political speech.

A federal judge has upheld a jury’s decision that the U.S. government can keep $80 million in confiscated coins because they were stolen from the U.S. Mint.  Judge Legrome Davis, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, gave the government ownership of 10 solid gold Double Eagles valued at $80 million, which the Langbord family had given to the government for authentication. 

Politics takes a lot of brass. And Bill Clinton is a master politician. His rousing speech at the Democrats' convention told the delegates that Republicans "want to go back to the same old policies that got us into trouble in the first place."

 

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