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A rundown of the events of the past week or so: The Inspector General reported that, contra Eric Holder’s assertions, top Justice officials in Washington *did* have damning knowledge of Fast and Furious, the gun-walking scandal that has left at least one American law enforcement official, and hundreds of Mexicans, dead. Our ambassador to Libya, who was barely guarded, was murdered in Bengha... More

Reader: Cain “reassessing” campaign, John Paul II’s Bible & walking stick untouched in fire, Casey challenger?

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Herman Cain told his senior staff that he is “reassessing” whether to remain in the race. http://cvote.to/8u Blessed Pope John Paul II’s Bible and walking stick were untouched from a devastating fire at Catholic retreat center. Consider that a sign. http://cvote.to/8v Sen. Bob Casey, Jr., D-PA, the p... More

MN Catholic Conference Calls Out Fake “Catholics for Equality” Group

Minnesota will vote on the definition of marriage in November 2012. As a result, gay activists have been targeting religious communities in that state who oppose same-sex marriage and are trying to sow dissent there. It’s not surprising that a group of people who believe they can simply redefine what marriage is also thinks they can simply redefine what it means to be Catholic. At any rate, ... More

San Francisco Mayoral Candidate Attempting to Ban Pro-Life Pregnancy Center From Google Ads

Talk about being scared of the “competition”: Google ads rely on what users search for to determine what ads appear on the pages of search results. But one San Francisco Mayoral candidate is not amused by a certain agency’s misleading ad buys on the search giant. City Attorney Dennis Herrera has asked one anti-abortion center, First Resort, Inc, to stop buying ads that pop up whe... More
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Reader: Crisis pregnancy centers in court, 5 ways the Internet helps pro-lifers, and Minnesota Nice

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Chris Slattery founded EMC FrontLine Pregnancy Centers in New York City. Oral arguments begin today in a federal court in New York City. At issue is the City of New York‘s zealous attempt to eliminate the free speech rights of those who work for crisis pregnancy centers. Similar legislation was struck... More

Question For SCOTUS: Why Snyder v. Phelps?

Last week in an 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court ruled in Snyder v. Phelps in favor of Westboro Baptist Church. These are the crazies at who protest the funerals of soldiers KIA because they believe that God is punishing the U.S. for its leniency towards gays* and, thus, God is allowing soldiers to be killed until the U.S. changes its policies. In fact, they believe that the more soldiers are k... More

There is no right to protest at a funeral

The Supreme Court made a foolish decision today, ruling 8-1 that hateful protesters have a right to protest at military funerals. The protesters hail from the Westboro Baptist Church, a name that is only 33% accurate. At issue is whether these so-called Christians can protest military funerals with signs like “God hates fags” and “Thank God for dead soldiers.”  Writing for... More

Politics of power: pro-Obamacare Dem sues pro-life group in Ohio {updated}

The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List is being sued by Ohio Congressman Steve Driehaus, one of the unofficial  ”Stupak coalition” of Democrats who folded at the eleventh hour and voted for Obama and Speaker Pelosi’s flawed healthcare bill. (Full disclosure: the President of the American Principles Project, where I work, also works with the Susan B. Anthony List. I am... More

Democrats postpone vote on speech-muzzling DISCLOSE Act for a massive fundraiser…

With the pretense of cleaning up our elections from “dirty” money, the Democrats in Washington want to pass a strident regulation called the DISCLOSE Act that would force organizations to mention large donors in their public ads (even if said ad isn’t paid for by the donor.) That vote was scheduled for today. But they are postponing it until tomorrow. How come? Because Democrats,... More
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Corporate Politics after Citizens United

As you’ve probably heard by now, yesterday in a 5-4 decision the US Supreme Court struck down large portions of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill. The NYT in an editorial today is not pleased, so much so they bring up the “injustice” of Bush v. Gore They write: With a single, disastrous 5-to-4 ruling, the Supreme Court has thrust politics back to the robber-baron era of t... More

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