News Round-Up

Posted on June 28th, 2013

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Air Date: June 28, 2013

Host: Jim Schneider

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The following is a selection of news stories brought to the attention of listeners by Jim Schneider:

--In a 68-32 vote, the Senete ok's legislation that provides a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens.
--Senator Ted Cruz finds a loophole in the immigration bill that encourages the hiring of illegal aliens over citizens.
--Senator Jeff Sessions informs FBI director that the Gang of 8 immigration bill does not make it a crime to produce or traffic U.S. passports unless 3 or more passports are sold or made.
--GOP senators predict a quick death for the Senate immigration bill in the House.
--The IRS sent over 7 million in tax refunds in 2011 to aliens not authorized to work in the U.S. and who all used the same bank account.
--Lois Lerner, the woman at the center of the IRS scrutiny controversy, is said to have waived her 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination.
--Democrats claim that progressive groups were also targeted by the IRS. A Treasury Department spokesperson notes liberal groups faced far less scrutiny.
--ACLU announces that they are hiring Steve Schmidt, former strategist for John McCain, to help shift the Republican Party's attitude on marriage equality.
--Public reaction from pastors to DOMA and Prop 8 decisions coming slowly and deemed minimal.
--Dispute continues over Washington State florist who refused to provide service to gay couple.
--Great Britain to expand definition of "husband" and "wife".
--U.S. Supreme Court agrees to take a Massachusetts case where an abortion law was taken to court because it tramples the free speech rights of pro-life advocates.
--Turkish mosque in Germany begins sounding public calls to prayer.
--The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) officialy inaugurated a permanent observer mission to the European Union.
--Islamists in Nigeria expand attacks on government forces to local citizens.
--Half of all U.S. voters view radical Muslims the biggest terrorist threat facing the nation. Those who support the President feel the Tea Party is more dangerous.
--McDonald's yanks Halal meat off menu.
--High calorie sports drinks and candy bars to be replaced with diet drinks and granola bars in U.S. schools.
--A Muslim scholar whose group supports Hamas secures a visit at the White House.
--Iranian politician believes the Syrian revolution could be the catalyst for sparking a worldwide conflagration that will bring about Muslim domination of the world.
--Church of England tries to recruit pagans to increase numbers.
--Yahoo writer lamented that President Obama's trip to Africa would not include a stop in his birth nation of Kenya.
--Texas Governor Rick Perry is calling a special session of the state legislature to pass a bill that would ban late term abortions.
--All 4 of the major TV networks filed statements with the FCC seeking an end to government oversight of decency standards.
--U.S. Park Police loses track of a large supply of hand guns, rifles and shotguns.
--HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius working with the National Football League to promote new insurance options within Obamacare.
--Los Angeles Unified School District receiving grant to train teens to promote Obamacare to their families.

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