In 2010, the U.S. Congress cut the Social Security payroll tax from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent for 2011 as part of a compromise between the president and congressional Republicans. This temporary reduction in Social Security payroll taxes is due to expire at the end of the year.
Though President Obama has stated that women “rely” on Planned Parenthood for vital health procedures such as mammograms, the Food and Drug Administration denies that to be true. In fact, the FDA indicates that no Planned Parenthood facility in the United States is licensed to do mammograms.
In recent weeks, the Internet has witnessed a dramatic increase in racially charged threats regarding a potential Obama loss. Despite the abundance of these threats and indications that the Department of Homeland Security has purchased a copious amount of riot gear in preparation of some unknown threat, police say that they are not anticipating civil unrest on Election night.
The Texas Child Protective Services is under investigation for accusations that officials at the organization directed workers to withhold child abuse files and photographs from law enforcement following the death of a child. Police executed several search warrants and seized computers, cell phones, and files from the local office of the state child protection agency and a supervisor’s home as part of an ongoing investigation.
According to Judicial Watch, the U.S. government has spent almost $6 million on an experimental “anti-terrorism” program in New Jersey called “Text Against Terror.” The plan, which encouraged the public to send in tips regarding potential terrorism via text messages from their cell phones. The program has proved to be a significant fiscal and practical failure.
In September, New York City became the first to approve a ban that prohibits the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces in restaurants, movie theaters, and stadiums. However, the soda industry is prepared to fight and has filed a lawsuit against the ban.
Kevin James is his usual lovable self in his latest family-friendly film, Here Comes the Boom, which he co-wrote and co-produced. Playing a teacher who loves his school so much that he is actually willing to put his own physical health on the line, James proves that there are no boundaries in his efforts to be entertaining.
Though the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a rather surprising ruling on ObamaCare this summer, there are indications that the legal challenges to President Obama's signature healthcare legislation are far from over. Liberty Counsel law firm has filed another request with the Supreme Court challenging the law, and the Supreme Court has given the Justice Department 30 days to answer why the Court should not rehear the challenge.
On Tuesday, President Obama signed another executive order that would tighten sanctions on Iran over its alleged program to produce a nuclear weapon. The White House is touting the latest measure as “unprecedented pressure on Iran’s economy.” Executive Order 140 implements an Iran sanctions law that was enacted in August.
The supersized soda ban in New York City likely has the soft drink industry on high alert. Perhaps that is why Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Dr Pepper have decided to release new vending machines that post the calorie counts of each of the soda products.
The Associated Press writes, “The counts will be on the buttons of the machines, which will also feature small posted messages reminding the thirsty that they can choose a low-calorie drink.”