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July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The idea that the Bush administration participated in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks is not limited to fringe Web sites and conspiracy theorists, according to a poll commissioned by a Web site that promotes alternative explanations for the events of Sept. 11.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The increase in federal tobacco taxes that congressional Democrats are proposing to fund their new healthcare initiative is being praised by anti-smoking advocates as an effective way to discourage tobacco sales."We are strongly in favor of the SCHIP proposal," Erika Sward, director of National Advocacy for the American Lung Association, told Cybercast News Service. "We see it as a win-win for children's health."
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A local Christian group in Portland, Maine, is claiming that a controversial decision to distribute birth control pills to students as young as 11 at a local middle school points to possible criminal activity.On Oct. 17, the Portland School Committee voted 7-2 to begin distributing prescription birth control pills and patches to students in grades 6 through 8 at King Middle School.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) has published a list of 10 ways Americans can "address global warming and increase our energy independence" on her Web site. These include replacing incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent ones and wrapping your home's water heater in a blanket. It is not known whether Clinton or her presidential campaign staff practices these apparent energy-saving tips.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A bipartisan group of senators Wednesday introduced legislation calling for substantial increases in fuel economy standards for American cars and trucks, a proposal strongly opposed by the automobile industry and pro-SUV interest groups.The lawmakers to increase corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards for all cars, SUVs, and light trucks by ten miles a gallon - from the current 25 miles per gallon to 35 miles per gallon between 2011 and 2020. Subsequent increases of four percent would then be added every year after that until 2030.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides an example of a big-budget federal agency getting its priorities wrong, according to an oversight report released by a Republican senator.Among the report's findings -- a $106 million visitor center decorated with waterfalls and Japanese gardens and a $200,000 fitness center with saunas and zero-gravity chairs.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A new documentary screened on Capitol Hill this week accused military recruiters and Kansas public school officials of violating students' privacy.Alexia Welch, a recent graduate of Lawrence High School in Kansas, and senior Sarah Ybarra said they made the 25-minute film to look into how Army recruiters were able to obtain the contact information of high school students."In the beginning the military was the focus," Welch said. "But as we interviewed more people, other things started turning up and it also became about policy and privacy."
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The immigration issue could destroy Republicans' chances in future elections, according to liberal activists gathered in Washington, D.C., to discuss Latino politics. But a Republican strategist said the GOP should instead worry about losing conservative support over the issue.Simon Rosenburg, president of the New Democratic Network, argued that the Hispanic vote, long coveted as a crucial demographic by politicians from both parties, was becoming dependently Democrat - a swing that could devastate the GOP as a long-term, electorally viable party.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A lesbian couple in New Jersey has filed a complaint against a Methodist-owned campground, claiming illegal discrimination because their request for a civil union ceremony on the property was denied.Harriet Bernstein and Luisa Paster in March applied for use of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association's Boardwalk Pavilion for their civil union ceremony, planned for September. The Methodist organization rejected their application and later told Bernstein in an email that it did not allow civil unions to be held on the pavilion.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The mainstream media and the political process have not given enough attention to "issues of people of color," in the view of Tavis Smiley, the broadcaster who moderated last week's PBS Democratic presidential debate. A conservative black activist in response shot down the notion that some issues are "black issues."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A panel of Muslims leaders and filmmakers gathered at the Heritage Foundation Thursday to speak out against violent extremists whom they believe are corrupting Islam.Muhammed Hisham Kabbani - chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America and the Sufi Muslim Council of Britain - and Hedieh Mirahmadi - a political advisor to the Sufi Muslim Council of Britain - condemned Islamic violence and warned of the consequences of allowing Islam and government to be intertwined.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two men are locked in a deadly struggle in a dimly lit warehouse. One knocks the other to the ground and fastens a metal chain hanging from the ceiling around his neck. He presses a button on a nearby control panel, the chain begins to recede and his enemy rises slowly off the ground, gagging and tugging helplessly at his makeshift noose.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Many political strategists see a bleak future for the GOP in upcoming elections, citing the unpopular Iraq war and the divide over the immigration issue, among other factors. And some conservatives, speaking at the Young America's Foundation's National Conservative Student Conference on Tuesday, say the GOP's dour political horizon is most prevalent among the youth vote.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) has been approved to speak this year at the Catholic University of America, a decision that has sparked discontent among many conservative Catholics.Catholic University's College Democrats will host Kerry. Although his appearance has been accepted by the school's administration, the College Democrats are still negotiating with the senator's office about a specific date for his speech.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Science must ultimately destroy organized religion, according to some of the leading atheist writers and intellectuals who spoke at a recent atheist conference in Northern Virginia. God is a myth, and children must not be schooled in any faith, they said, at the "Crystal Clear Atheism" event, sponsored by the Atheist Alliance International.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives that recognizes America's "rich spiritual and religious history" is drawing fire from some of America's most prominent atheists.The resolution, H.Res. 888, resolves to "affirm" the religious traditions that most historians say played a crucial role in America's founding. It calls religious principles and foundations "critical underpinnings" of America's institutions, condemns attempts to remove religion from U.S. history, and designates the first week in May as "American Religious History Week."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are still the most influential talk radio hosts in the business, according to one magazine's rankings of the nation's talkers.The "2008 Heavy Hundred," published by Talkers Magazine, featured Limbaugh at the top of its list with Hannity in second place. Released annually, the rankings bear substantial influence in the radio industry.