Courts Will Have To Mitigate ENDA And Obama’s Executive Order, Advocate Says
There are no exemptions for religious groups in the executive order Obama signed prohibiting LGBT discrimination in the workplace on Monday. Obama’s neglect is infuriating religious advocates, who wish Obama would let Congress pass the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, a similar law allowing exemption for religious groups. (RELATED: Obama’s LGBT Executive Order Threatens Religious Liberty, Say Advocates) Dr. Michael L. Brown, host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show “Line of Fire,” says if Congress passes ENDA, the courts will have to rule between the two laws, and that will create a messy legal process. “Unless we have the courts send a message that the [Obama] administration has overreached, I don’t know see how we’re going to decide it,” Brown said in an interview with The Daily Caller.

High hopes for honesty in Indonesia
They elected a man, Joko Widodo, who has gone from lowly furniture maker to next leader of the world’s fourth most populous country – all in less than 10 years. The rapid ascendancy of Mr. Widodo, or “Jokowi”as he is known, cannot be explained solely by his character, actions, or the fact that he will be the first president not from the political elite. The country was lifted from dictatorship only in 1998 and had its first direct presidential election only in 2004. In that short period, democracy has unleashed a desire to correct something that even the outgoing president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, admits remains the nation’s main problem: corruption.

Obama salutes 45th anniversary of US astronauts' Moon landing

US President Barack Obama meets with Apollo 11 representatives including Michael Collins (L) and Buzz Aldrin (2nd L) on the 45th anniversary of the first mission to land on the Moon, on July 22, 2014 at the White House in Washington, DCCelebrating the 45th anniversary of the first lunar landing, President Barack Obama on Tuesday recognized the "courage" of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, who participated in the mission. "It was a seminal moment not just in our country's history, but the history of all humankind," Obama said of the Apollo 11 mission. The president welcomed to the White House Aldrin, Collins and Carol Armstrong, the widow of Neil Armstrong, who was the first man to walk on the Moon. "The men and women of NASA are building on that proud legacy by preparing for the next giant leap in human exploration — including the first visits of men and women to deep space, to an asteroid, and someday to the surface of Mars," Obama said.



U.S. court rulings create new uncertainty over Obamacare

Murillo reads a leaflet at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaBy David Morgan and Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. judicial panels on Tuesday injected new uncertainty into the future of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with conflicting rulings over whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of Americans. The appeals court rulings, handed down by three-judge panels in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia, augured a possible rematch before the U.S. Supreme Court, which in June 2012 narrowly upheld the Democratic president's 2010 healthcare overhaul.



Big issues loom for Congress as Aug. recess nears

FILE - This June 25, 2014, file photo shows a group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas. The influx at the border is largely families with children or by minors traveling alone. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressure is on Congress to act in the next two weeks on several problems, from keeping highway projects on track and easing wait time for veterans seeking health care to the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.



Obama vows U.S. will seek justice in downing of Malaysian jet
By Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will not rest until justice is done in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17 over eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama vowed in a condolence book for the nearly 300 victims on Tuesday. U.S. lawmakers, meanwhile, pushed for a stronger response to the July 17 shootdown of the airliner over an area controlled by pro-Russia separatists. Obama visited the Netherlands Embassy in Washington to sign the book.

Israel pounds Gaza despite international peace efforts

Israeli police officers detain a protester suspected of throwing stones during a protest by Israeli Arabs in the northern city of Nazareth, against Israel's offensive in the Gaza StripBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, saying no ceasefire was near as top U.S. and United Nations diplomats pursued talks on halting the fighting that has claimed more than 600 lives. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held discussions in neighbouring Egypt, while U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv and later with the Palestinian prime minister in the occupied West Bank. Dealing a blow to Israel's economy already reeling from a spate of tourism cancellations, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) took the rare step of banning U.S. carriers from flying to or from Ben-Gurion International Airport for at least 24 hours after a rocket fired from Gaza struck near the airport's fringes, injuring two people. Israel's flagship carrier El Al continued flights as usual.



GOP voters in Georgia to decide Senate nominee

A sign greets voters before they step up to cast their ballot at a polling site, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Atlanta. Voters head to the polls on Tuesday to decide the U.S. Senate GOP runoff between Jack Kingston and David Perdue. The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November. In addition to the high-profile GOP U.S. Senate runoff, voters in Georgia on Tuesday will cast ballots in a number of other races, including four U.S. House runoffs and state school superintendent. (AP Photo)ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Republicans have only a few more hours before they have a Senate nominee in a race that will help decide which party controls the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama's administration.



Excerpts from conflicting health law rulings
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two federal appeals courts issued conflicting rulings Tuesday in a dispute involving crucial financing for President Barack Obama's health care law.

Senate panel approves Vietnam nuclear agreement
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved an agreement on civilian nuclear cooperation between the U.S. and Vietnam, as Washington looks to expand its relationship with its former Southeast Asian foe.

San Antonio makes history as it names black woman mayor
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - San Antonio's city council elected Ivy Taylor the new mayor of the seventh most populous U.S. city, making the Yale graduate the first African American to hold the post. Taylor, 44, a housing executive in San Antonio before being elected to City Council in 2009, succeeds Julian Castro, who resigned on Tuesday to take a cabinet post in the Obama administration heading the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. "I'm certainly excited to represent the ladies," she said. "I hope to inspire other young ladies to think about all of the things that they can do." The city charter calls for a mayor to be appointed from among the 10 sitting city council members when the elected mayor resigns. Taylor will serve as mayor until the next municipal elections in May 2015. Unlike other major Texas cities, San Antonio does not have a large population of African Americans, who make up 6.9 percent of the city of about 1.4 million, according to the 2010 Census.

Obama nominee McDonald pledges to 'transform' VA

Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald of Ohio flanked by Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, left, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, right, listen during a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearings to examine his nomination to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged Tuesday to transform the beleaguered agency, saying that "systematic failures" must be addressed.



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