Poverty - The federal government says that 14% of Americans live in poverty. So here's a list of luxuries that these households retain: 99.6% own a refrigerator; 81.4% own a microwave; 78.3% own an air conditioner; 73% own a car or a truck; 63.7% own cable or satellite television; 54.5% own a cell phone; 53.9% own an Xbox or PlayStation; 48.6% own a coffee maker; 38.2% own a computer; 32.3% own two or more televisions; 31% own two or more cars; and 25% own a dishwasher.
Arizona – Since the government won’t help them Arizona is now accepting donations to build a border fence.
Chuck Schumer – The man behind the Democrat strategy of no budget plan and class warfare exploitation is New York Senator Chuck Schumer.
Jorge Louis Dieppa – He was a U.S. court interpreter in Mexico who was executed by drug cartels when his family could not pay a 10 thousand dollar ransom.
Norway - Terrorists detonated a bomb in downtown Norway last week while an individual linked to the bombing also shot several people at a youth camp outside Oslo. "Last week," the AP reports, "a Norwegian prosecutor filed terror charges against an Iraqi-born cleric for threatening Norwegian politicians with death if he is deported from the Scandinavian country."
Taxes - President Obama has reiterated his call for tax increases as part of a debt limit deal. The liberal-controlled Senate, meanwhile, blocked the Cut, Cup and Balance plan passed by the House. And what’s worse during a town hall meeting Obama complained about his job and made it sound like being President of the U.S. was beneath him and he would prefer being President of the world.
DADT - The AP says "don't ask, don't tell" may officially end soon: "Pentagon chief Leon Panetta has decided to end the ban on gays serving openly in the armed services and certify that repealing the 17-year-old prohibition will not hurt the military's ability to fight, officials said this past week."
Britain - Britain is auctioning off several of its aircraft carriers--and Chinese bidders are taking a keen interest.
School Choice – Advocates for school choice received a major victory when a Manhattan judge ruled that failing schools must close and charter schools must be allowed to share space in public schools. The NAACP and Teachers Union have been trapping kids in failing schools for decades and courts are trying to end that practice.
The Debt Debate – It has been so convoluted I have not been able to keep track of the entire storyline. First, Obama proposed a budget that was nixed 97-0 in the Senate. Now he has nixed a bipartisan bill because he wants tax increases. Obama then went on TV to once again blame Bush for his predicament, push tax increases, and to belittle Republicans. The Republicans have publically proposed 4 plans and the Democrats have still not presented a single plan to the public.
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