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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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Houston Drops Pastor Subpoenas, Larger Problem Remains

Houston’s mayor has finally withdrawn her subpoenas demanding pastors surrender their private communications. Mayor Annise Parker, a lesbian, had targeted five pastors as part of a lawsuit over a pro-gay ordinance. The religious leaders said the subpoenas violated their First Amendment rights. Parker said her demands were not meant to infringe on anyone’s religious freedoms. […]

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NATO Reports Unusual Surge in Russian Military Flights

NATO has reported an unusual spike in Russian military flights over the Black, Baltic and North seas, as well as the Atlantic Ocean. On Wednesday, NATO reportedly intercepted at least 19 Russian aircraft flying well beyond Russian airspace. “These sizable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace,” a NATO statement […]

River of Molten Lava Threatens Hawaiian Homes

A river of burning lava is threatening to swallow up homes in Hawaii. The flow of burning rock from the Kilauea volcano advanced overnight Wednesday, moving at a rate of 10 to 15 yards per hour. Residents in its path have been urged to leave the area as the river of fire moves closer. The […]

Rabbi’s Would-Be Assassin Killed by Israeli Police

JERUSALEM, Israel — In the latest violence in the nation’s capital, the top advocate for Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount was critically wounded in an assassination attempt on Wednesday evening. Rabbi Yehuda Glick had just finished a lecture at the Begin Center in central Jerusalem as part of an event called “Israel Returns to […]

Liability-in-Chief: Obama Becomes ‘Invisible Man’

WASHINGTON — Call him “the invisible man.” Democrats on the campaign trail are acting as if President Barack Obama doesn’t exist. With his approval rating near the lowest of his presidency, many Democrats want their commander in chief to steer clear of their campaigns. “They think he is just plain more trouble than he’d be […]

White House Playing a Dangerous Game with Israel

No matter which party winds up controlling the House and Senate after next Tuesday’s elections, we will hear the usual calls for bipartisan cooperation. Many Democratic candidates are running in hyper-drive trying to distance themselves from President Barack Obama. One area in which they could find some common ground with Republicans is to oppose the […]

Kurdish Peshmerga Head to Syria to Take On ISIS

There’s been a significant step Wednesday in the war against the Islamic State in the Middle East. Kurdish fighters are now moving in to Syria to battle ISIS. Kurdish Peshmerga troops were given a hero’s send-off as they crossed the Turkish border into Syria. The Turkish parliament recently gave approval for the fighters – most […]

Governor Races Heat Up in Pre-Election Week

The intense battle for the U.S. Senate has understandably dominated the country’s attention for the 2014 midterm elections. But 36 states and three U.S. territories will be electing governors Nov. 4, and the outcome of those races will go a long way toward shaping the country’s economic and political environment. Currently, Republicans are in charge […]

Not So Cute: Little Girls Drop F-Bombs for Feminism

The company FCKH8 has released an Internet video that purports to promote gender equality, but critics are accusing its producers of exploiting young girls. The “F-Bombs for Feminism” video features girls, ages 6 to 13, dressed up as princesses and using profanity to rant about pay inequality and sexual abuse. The company says the “potty-mouthed […]

Netanyahu Blasts Obama Admin for Cursing Him

JERUSALEM, Israel — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he’s under fire because he won’t compromise the safety of Israel. “When there is pressure on Israel to give up on its security, the easiest thing is to give up,” Arutz Sheva quoted Netanyahu’s response at the Knesset. “As prime minister, I stand for the security […]

Boko Haram Terrorists Kidnap More Girls in Nigeria

There are new reports that Boko Haram terrorists have kidnapped dozens more girls and young women in Nigeria. This is the second round of kidnappings in less than two weeks. Sixty women from the Borno State area were taken a little over a week ago. Most of those 60 women were Christians. The kidnappings are […]