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California Capitol Update – April 3, 2014

In This Issue Legislative Update Bill of the Week Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Contraceptive Mandate Cases Did You Know? News Clips and Articles City on the Hill Legislative Update Last week several bills were considered in the Assembly to address truancy in public schools including AB 1643, AB 1672, and AB 2141. These […]

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Iran: Nuclear Talks May Focus on Extension Soon

VIENNA (AP) – Iran says that if obstacles remain in the talks about its nuclear program, the discussion will have to shift to extending them beyond Monday’s deadline. A member of the Iranian delegation said if that is the case Sunday night, the negotiations will focus on reaching a “general political agreement” on what both […]

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Official: 60 Extremist Backers from Germany Dead

BERLIN (AP) – The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency says authorities now know of 550 people from the country who have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join extremist groups, and about 60 of them have died. The number of extremists given by Hans-Georg Maassen in an interview with Sunday’s Welt am Sonntag newspaper […]

Ben Carson Compares Obama to Putin

In an exclusive one-on-one interview with The Brody File from his home in West Palm Beach Florida, Dr. Ben Carson says President Obama is like Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, citing the fact that the president has overstepped his constitutional authority. The Brody File spent the afternoon with the fascinating Dr. Carson and his wife Candy […]

Unrest Takes Toll on Ferguson’s Heart, Pocketbook

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — Residents in Ferguson, Missouri, are bracing for backlash as they wait for a grand jury decision on whether Officer Darren Wilson should stand trial in the shooting death of Michael Brown.      Many like Susan Ankenbrand want to move beyond the violence, protests and hatred. Love for the city of […]

Ferguson Grand Jury Decision not "Imminent"

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) – The St. Louis region has been preparing for the grand jury announcement in the Ferguson case, but there is no evidence that the announcement is imminent. The 12-member grand jury has been considering whether charges are warranted against Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. […]

Mich. Mulls Nativity, Atheists Want Counter-Display

Michigan officials are considering whether to put a Nativity scene on the state capitol lawn this year with the state Christmas tree. But the Madison-based Freedom from Religion Foundation says if there’s a Nativity scene there should also be a secular counter-display as well. “It’s best to just keep the space neutral from religion,” FFRF attorney […]

Pharmacy Won’t Back Down In Morning-After Pill Case

A Washington state family-owned pharmacy and two pharmacists are fighting for the right to refuse to dispense the morning-after pill.    On Thursday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Stormans v. Wiesman.  The case challenges the state of Washington’s decision to force pharmacists to sell emergency contraceptives, even if their religious beliefs […]

Website Exposes Tax-Funded Abortion in Health Plans

Pro-life leaders are taking a big step to fight back against the federal government’s lack of transparency when it comes to abortion funding in Obamacare. Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber made headlines for admitting on several occasions “a lack of transparency” helped get the bill through Congress. Now pro-life leaders have announced in a Capitol Hill […]

Cruel Winter Weather Continues to Pound Northern US

Brutal winter weather continues to pound northern parts of the U.S., from lightning and thunder to feet of snow piling up in areas like Michigan all the way to western New York. Ten people have died in Buffalo, New York, mainly from heart attacks and exposure. Snow has fallen at 2 to 4 inches per […]

Obama Defies Congress, Issues No-Deportation Order

Under expansive executive actions unveiled by President Barack Obama Thursday night nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally will be spared from deportation. The main beneficiaries are immigrants who have been in the U.S. illegally for more than five years but whose children are citizens or lawful permanent residents. After passing background checks and […]

House Hearing Calls Out Military’s War on Faith

WASHINGTON — Some say the U.S. military is now so hostile to religion, many believers in the ranks are afraid of mentioning their faith. Because of past cases, Congress has specifically ordered the military to stop suppressing religious liberty. But there have been enough new cases in recent months that the House held a new […]