U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that the Justice Department will respond “appropriately” to a federal appellate judge in Texas who demanded a letter recognizing the authority of the federal courts to strike down laws passed by Congress.
Holder spoke a day after 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jerry Smith questioned President Barack Obama’s remarks earlier in the week about an “unelected” court possibly striking down the president’s health care overhaul. Smith, during oral arguments in a separate challenge to the health law, asked the Justice Department for a three-page, single-spaced letter affirming the federal court’s authority.
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This weekend’s message from the Catholic Church was one of power and faith of the Catholic leaders. The church as had an on-going battle with the Obama Administration on contraception health care mandates for quite some time. Over the weekend, though, the stand-off took an unusual turn, as Catholic churches across America read a letter to congregants that perfectly encapsulated the church’s stance against the impending federal requirements. View full article »
The White House had no immediate comment Wednesday on a claim from an Iranian lawmaker that President Obama called for direct talks with Iran in a secret letter to the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader that also warned Tehran against closing the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
Iran has threatened to close the waterway, the route for about one-sixth of the global oil flow, because of new U.S. sanctions over its nuclear program. View full article »
The suspicious, white-powder-containing letter that triggered an emergency situation at CBS Studios in Hollywood today was intended for “Dancing with the Stars” … law enforcement tells TMZ.
TMZ broke the story … emergency vehicles were called to the studio after an unknown white powder spilled out of a letter inside the CBS mailroom. View full article »