Pesky Petitions

January 30, 2013 - 3:31 AM
In this image from the whitehouse.gov website, the opening page from the site where the public can petition the White House on an issue. No, the U.S. will not be building a Death Star. And no, President Barack Obama will not deport CNN’s Piers Morgan or let Texas secede. These are just a few of the wacky notions the White House has been compelled to formally address in recent weeks, part of an effort to put open government into action: the First Amendment right to petition your government, supercharged for the Internet age. (AP Photo/The White House)