Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
The Hill: A leading anti-abortion-rights group slammed President Obama Thursday for saying Planned Parenthood provides mammograms when the group provides only referrals for the procedure.
Troy Newman at LifeNews: Sometime yesterday, our latest video exposing a recent rash of medical emergencies at Obama-fund Planned Parenthood abortion clinics disappeared from YouTube. We are not sure why. We did not get the usual notice that it had been removed by YouTube. The video just disappeared.
LifeNews: Actually, government grants and funding to Planned Parenthood in the last reported year 2009-2010 was $487.4 million—and so far $12 million from the non-profit has been given to re-elect President Obama. That’s right. This organization that cares so much about your cervix cares more about it’s proverbial booty.
NY Times (includes video): The Obama campaign on Wednesday quickly seized on abortion and rape comments made by the Indiana Republican Senate candidate in an attempt to entangle the Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, in a politically charged issue threatening to brew into a firestorm like the one that followed comments by Representative Todd Akin.
AP: If Obama releases his college and passport records by the end of October, the New York real estate mogul and reality show host says he will contribute $5 million to a charity of the president’s choice.
The Hill: Cantor released his report on “The Imperial Presidency” on Tuesday as a closing indictment of all that Republicans think is wrong with Obama’s leadership. Among the 40 or so examples are two instances of foreign policies included under the heading “ignoring the plain letter of the law and failing to faithfully execute the law.”
Townhall: The Obama Department of Justice has shown surprising indifference to religious liberty by declining to follow the DOJ’s earlier repeated support for the right of religious groups to meet for worship services in New York City public schools during non-school hours.
LifeNews: First Lady Michelle Obama has come under criticism before for a fundraising letter she wrote for her husband during his 2004 campaign for the U.S. Senate that has her defending partial-birth abortions. [image copy of letter posted]
Jennifer Harper at Washington Times: “President Obama needs to get the facts straight. He touts Planned Parenthood as a leading health care provider but in truth it is America’s largest abortion business — and does not perform mammograms. This oft-repeated myth has been repeatedly debunked and it’s time the president stop misleading the American people in an effort to buoy his top political ally,” says Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, who says the most recent proof of it all came from Casey Mattox, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom.
CNBC: As president, he will receive $191,300 annually for life — win or lose in next month’s election — and receives a travel allotment as well as mailing privileges.
CNSNews: The Alliance Defense Fund asked in an April 2 FOIA request to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for “All currently active certificates to operate a mammography facility issued by the FDA or by any state or entity designated to provide such certificates by the FDA for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, any affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America or any entity whose name included ‘Planned Parenthood.’”
Timothy P. Carney at the Washington Examiner: When President Obama speaks about women’s issues, it’s a safe bet he’s telling tall tales. When Democrats talk of a “war on women,” they are usually waging a war on facts. And women, it seems, aren’t fooled.
NY Times: According to data from Kantar Media/CMAG, the Obama campaign and Democratic groups have run commercials relating to abortion about 30,000 times since July 2 — about 10 percent of their ads — including one that falsely claimed Mr. Romney’s opposition to abortion extended to cases of rape and incest.
In Debate, Obama Accuses Planned Parenthood of Violating Women’s Health Law | Casey Mattox at Townhall
Casey Mattox at Townhall: In Tuesday’s presidential debate and the latest issue ofGlamour magazine, President Obama stumbled into accusing one of his campaign’s largest benefactors—Planned Parenthood—of serially violating a federal women’s health law designed to protect breast cancer patients by claiming that the abortion giant provides mammograms even though it has no license to do so. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.
There he goes again: Obama repeats false claim that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms | Alliance Defending Freedom
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys who are currently litigating multiple lawsuits against Planned Parenthood for alleged fraud and misuse of taxpayer Medicaid dollars are pointing out that President Obama’s claim that the abortion giant provides mammograms is false.
LifeNews: President Barack Obama has, once again, misled Americans when it comes to the issue of Planned Parenthood and what legitimate health care it does or doesn’t provide. During Tuesday night’s debate, Obama falsely claimed the abortion company does mammograms. It does not.
CNSNews: A leading Jewish human rights group is urging President Obama to sever ties with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood after its top leader called for “holy war” against Israel.
BuzzFeed: And now, if Romney were to win the presidency and change course again as he told the National Organization for Marriage he would do, both the lawyers defending and those taking aim at the 1996 law agree that the Supreme Court could be entering uncharted waters.
Wall Street Journal: President Obama is campaigning as a champion of the oil and gas boom he’s had nothing to do with, and even as his regulators try to stifle it. The latest example is the Interior Department’s little-noticed August decision to close off from drilling nearly half of the 23.5 million acre National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. The area is called the National Petroleum Reserve because in 1976 Congress designated it as a strategic oil and natural gas stockpile to meet the “energy needs of the nation.
Obama family busted in Shariah scheme: Foundation funding training for Kenyan Saudi-style government
Jerome Corsi at WorldNetDaily: In the interview, Musa Ismail Obama, President Obama’s first cousin in Kenya, told the Arabic-language satellite TV network Al-Jazeera that the Saudi Arabian royal family has developed a strong relationship with the Obama family in their home village of Kogelo in Alego, Siaya District, West Kenya.
Weekly Standard: In the spin room following the debate, I asked top Obama officials, as well as Planned Parenthood chief Cecille Richards, if Obama’s position on abortion is as extreme as what Ryan claimed. The Obama campaign denied the president favored abortion without restriction, but top Obama officials Jim Messina, Stephanie Cutter, and David Axelrod could not name a single restriction the president supports.
WorldNetDaily: Moreover, according to Arabic-language and Islamic experts, the ring Obama has been wearing for more than 30 years is adorned with the first part of the Islamic declaration of faith, the Shahada: “There is no god except Allah.”
CBS 5: Obama had led by 22 points in the CBS 5 tracking poll released four weeks ago. Obama now leads by only 14 points, an 8-point improvement for Romney.
NewsMax: A group of African-American faith leaders plan to spend $1 million on an effort to strip President Barack Obama of 25 percent of the black vote that he garnered in 2008.
ABC: A conservative political watchdog group is raising the prospect of an “illegal-donor loophole” in the nation’s campaign finance system, and suggesting the grassroots-donor-heavy Obama Campaign may stand to benefit. In a 109-page report published at a new website CampaignFundingRisks.com, the Government Accountability Institute alleges the current online campaign contribution system lacks accountability and transparency, making it highly susceptible to foreign and fraudulent gifts.
WorldNetDaily: Wayne Allyn Root – a pre-law and political science major in the class of 1983, like the president – told WND that despite a spotless tax record, he became the target of an audit in January 2011 when he received an “unsettling” call from an IRS agent who called himself a fan of his and considered it “an honor” to audit him.
Al.com (includes video): “We cannot continue to borrow the future of our children and our grandchildren or we will suffer the consequences. We can’t keep going into debt. We can’t keep disparaging our military and promoting things like same-sex marriage, L-G-B-T. To hear the President of the United States say that we are promoting L-G-B-T. Let’s think about what that is: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered rights,” Moore said. “Same sex marriage will be the ultimate destruction of our country because it destroys the very foundation upon which this nation is based. Divisive, I’ve been accused of being divisive I’ll tell you what’s divisive. It’s this Democratic platform,” Moore said.
LifeSiteNews: Delegations from European Countries and the United States suffered a setback last week when the Human Rights Council adopted a resolution affirming a positive link between traditional values and human rights. The European and U.S. delegations view traditional values as threats to women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual persons.
CNSNews: First lady Michelle Obama called contraception “basic preventative care” and invoked her daughters before talking about women’s “decisions about our bodies” during a campaign fundraising event Tuesday.
LifeSiteNews: Both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency have embraced the homosexual movement, posing a new threat to the country’s sexual morals and to pro-family activists, according to Brian Camenker of the Massachusetts pro-life and pro-family organization MassResistance.
LifeNews: Over the weekend, two dozen pro-life advocates were arrested at the White House for praying and holding pro-life signs protesting President Obama’s pro-abortion HHS mandate.
Human Events: Voter assistance programs for the military – specifically targeted for improvement with $75 million after low military turnout in 2008 – have been left to languish by the Obama administration and the result may be depressed military turnout. Again.
Politico (includes video): The pro-life, conservative group Susan B. Anthony list is going on air in Ohio with a new anti-abortion ad calling President Obama an “abortion radical.”
Daily Caller: Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion dollars on everything from staffing, housing, flying and entertaining President Obama and his family last year, according to the author of a new book on taxpayer-funded presidential perks. In comparison, British taxpayers spent just $57.8 million on the royal family.
CNBC: The latest round of extraordinary Federal Reserve stimulus is risky and leaves little room to maneuver should another crisis hit, economist Lawrence Lindsey told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Wednesday.
Washington Times: Republican senators on Wednesday joined a lawsuit arguing President Obama violated the Constitution when he used his recess appointment powers earlier this year to fill several controversial jobs.
FoxNews (includes video): The anti-Islam film trailer that the White House has repeatedly blamed for sparking unrest in the Middle East had nothing to do with the attack that led to the death of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, that nation’s president said in a television interview.
Washington Examiner: Fifty-five percent of small business owners and manufacturers would not have started their businesses in today’s economy, according to a new poll that also reports 69 percent say President Obama’s regulatory policies have hurt their businesses.
AP: President Barack Obama told world leaders Tuesday that attacks on U.S. citizens in Libya “were attacks on America,” and he called on them to join in confronting the root causes of the rage across the Muslim world.
Education News (includes video): In late March 2008, on a local New York City show called “Inside City Hall,” the venerable African-American entrepreneur and politico, Percy Sutton, told host Dominic Carter how he was asked to help smooth Barack Obama’s admission into Harvard Law School 20 years earlier. The octogenarian Sutton calmly and lucidly explained that he had been “introduced to [Obama] by a friend.” The friend’s name was Dr. Khalid al-Mansour, and the introduction had taken place about 20 years prior. Sutton described al-Mansour as “the principal adviser to one of the world’s richest men.” The billionaire in question was Saudi prince Al-Waleed bin Talal . . . For deeper background into why bin Talal might have been helping Obama, read Frank Miele’s excellent piece in the unlikely Daily Interlake of Kalispell, Mont.
U.S. security at stake? LA Times cover up alleged, Breitbart.com offers $100,000 for Obama Khalidi tape
Breitbart News is doubling its reward–to $100,000–for one of the missing pieces of Barack Obama’s past, which may be the key to understanding his collapsing Middle East policy: the “Khalidi tape,” a video kept under wraps by the Los Angeles Times since April 2008.
Richard M. Salsman at Forbes: The so-called Arab Spring” of 2011 – in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya – was supposed to entail an overthrow of Arab tyranny, autocracy, and militarism, in favor of political freedom, reasoned deliberation, and lawful government. But that’s only what the democracy-obsessed Western media claimed at the time; it was never the likely outcome for those who knew what majority opinion had been in the Middle East for these many past decades. The opinion has been poisonously Muslim, its results both savage and brutal. What a hoax was the “Arab Spring.”
The Hill: A human-rights group criticized the White House on Tuesday for asking Google to consider taking down a controversial anti-Muslim video. Meg Roggensack, a senior adviser for Human Rights First, argued the request undercut the government’s responsibility to protect free speech.
The Hill (embedded video): President Obama on Monday made a campaign pitch to “people of faith” in which he reaffirmed what he called his “unwavering” commitment to “protecting religious liberty.”
NY Daily News: In a worrisome sign for President Obama, these black clergy say there is no good presidential choice between a Mormon candidate and one who supports gay marriage.
CJOnline: Three of the state’s top elected Republicans on Thursday determined they lacked sufficient evidence of President Barack Obama’s birth records to decide whether to remove the Democratic nominee from the November ballot in Kansas.
John Hawyard at Human Events: Now we’re allowing a sham effort by sinister forces in the Middle East to present a movie very few people have actually seen – the YouTube videos under assault are its trailers – as the cause of coordinated attacks to drag us into an agonizing debate over how much freedom of speech we should be prepared to give up.
Politico: The Obama administration asked YouTube to review the trailer for the anti-Muslim film ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ officials confirmed Friday.
Free Beacon (embeds video): White House press secretary Jay Carney said Friday the violent protests throughout the Middle East are not directed at the United States or U.S. policy but are a response to a YouTube video . . .
Washington Times: Israel Science and Technology, the national database and directory of science and technology-related websites in Israel, has published an article asserting the long-form birth certificate released by the White House is a forged document.
Charlotte Observer: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated federal law when she made “extemporaneous political remarks” during a February speech to the Human Rights Campaign Gala in Charlotte, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel ruled Wednesday.
CNSNews: On Sept. 11, the day Americans remembered the 2001 terror attacks on U.S. soil, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo issued a statement condemning “the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.”
Eugene Volokh at the Volokh Conspiracy (embeds video): And same for all of you who mock young earthers, or devout Scientologists, or believers in miracles — and all who say that, for instance, racist or sexist religious beliefs are contemptible — and maybe even all those who, even politely, contend that rival religions’ views are wrong and will deny salvation to the holders of those views: The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. So says the Secretary of State, in quite categorical terms.
Ramesh Ponnuru at National Review: The media, this time the Washington Post, are again tackling the issue of Obama’s opposition, as a state legislator, to a bill protecting infants who survive abortions.
Wall Street Journal: Does President Obama want Israel to bomb Iran before the election? If we had more faith in this Administration’s competence, we’d be tempted to think so.
Blog of the Legal Times: With a confirmation of a woman to the District Court of the Southern District of Iowa late Monday afternoon, Obama had confirmed as many women to the federal bench in his first term—72—than George W. Bush did in his two terms in office, a White House spokesman said in an email to media.
HAARETZ: The White House’s response marks a new low in relations between Netanyahu and Obama, underscored by the fact that this is the first time Netanyahu will visit the U.S. as prime minister without meeting Obama.
KENS5.com: The Secret Service is looking into a sign posted in Victoria, Texas. The sign says “Pray for Obama”, but it’s the scripture quoted below those words that is raising eyebrows: Psalms 109:8. Psalms 109:8 reads, “Let his days be few, and let another take his office.”
LifeNews: Timothy Cardinal Dolan will deliver the benediction at the Republican Party convention but, in a slight to Catholics, pro-abortion President Barack Obama rejected Cardinal Dolan’s similar offer of a prayer at the Democratic convention.
Steven Aden at the Daily Caller: Birds of a feather flock together, especially when one bird is funneling hundreds of millions of dollars a year to the other. Case in point: Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and the Obama administration. The administration oversaw the transfer of nearly half a billion dollars to the abortion giant last year, and now Richards has announced a Planned Parenthood bus tour in support of Obama’s re-election campaign.
The Hill: Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, believes the IRS is illegally implementing one of the law’s crucial features — subsidies to help low-income people buy insurance.
Religion Clause Blog: Washington D.C.’s National Cathedral yesterday released the August issue of its magazine Cathedral Age which contains an interview with President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney on religious faith in America.
WhiteHouse.gov: In the United States, Eid-al-Fitr speaks to the truth that communities of faith — including Muslim Americans — enrich our national life, strengthen our democracy and uphold our freedoms, including the freedom of religion.
TimesofIsrael.com: TV reporter adds: ‘I doubt Obama could say anything that would convince PM to delay a possible attack’ . . . The report added that Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak believe Obama would have no choice but to give backing for an Israeli attack before the US presidential elections in November.
Washington Examiner: But Clinton, exhausted from four years of international travel and diplomacy, shrugged off the suggestion to lay the groundwork for her own 2016 bid with her husband at her side, according to author Ed Klein.
C-FAM Friday Fax: Traditional Values Resolution Hijacked at Human Rights Council in Geneva
But the United States and some European countries objected that the rights of women and homosexual and transgender persons are frequently undermined by traditional values and religion, and that something should be said in the study about the conflict. The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) joined the criticisms.
Wisconsin Gazette: The American Civil Liberties Union is denouncing Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s executive order on Aug. 15 that bars undocumented immigrants who qualify for temporary legal status in the United States from receiving state or local public benefits.
LifeNews: The man who is alleged to have shot a security guard yesterday at the offices of the pro-life group Family research Council has been formally charged and new FBI documents present more information.
AZ Central: As young undocumented immigrants on Wednesday celebrated the start of a new federal program allowing them to apply to stay and work temporarily in the United States, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer issued an executive order telling state agencies not to grant driver’s licenses to program participants.
Obama at Iftar Dinner: Most precious right is “freedom of religion, the right to worship as we choose”
CNSNews: “Of all the freedoms we cherish as Americans, of all the rights that we hold sacred, foremost among them is freedom of religion, the right to worship as we choose,” said Obama . . . In his iftar speech, Obama’s phraseology seemed to define freedom of religion as merely “the right to worship as we choose.” The First Amendment, however, does not use the phrase “freedom of religion” or the word “worship.” Rather, it expressly prohibits the government from prohibiting the “free exercise” of religion–meaning government cannot coerce people anywhere in their lives (whether in or outside a house of worship) to act against their consciences or the teachings of their faith.
White House Blog: President Obama Hosts Fourth Annual Iftar Dinner at the White House
Religion Clause Blog: In his remarks (full text), the President said in part . . . that Islam — like so many faiths — is part of our national story….
Jena McGregor at the Washington Post: On Wednesday, the White House said President Obama is against the Boy Scouts of America’s recently reaffirmed policy of excluding gays from its organization. He will not, however, be stepping down from his honorary post as the Scouts’ president. Should he?