Future Headlines - Part 4
New Congress Acts Rapidly
(AP) Washington, DC – February 9, 2007
Within weeks of being sworn in, the new members of the House and Senate along with returning incumbents acted quickly on a legislative agenda, giving indications of what is to follow for this historic session of Congress. With large majorities in both the House and the Senate, Republicans have set a “no-nonsense” tone and made it clear they believe the November elections were a mandate from the American people to enact conservative, values based legislation. The Senate quickly confirmed Bush’s two nominees to the Supreme Court giving conservatives a majority on the Court as well.
Acting in concert with the Senate, the House quickly passed a bill outlawing abortion in all cases except when the life of the mother is at emminant risk. Although most experts on Constitutional law fully expect this law will be struck down as unconstitutional, they agree this will happen not on the basis of protecting privacy and individual rights, but rather on a States’ rights argument, opening the door for individual states to outlaw abortion. In addition, both Houses of Congress passed two Constitutional Amendments, one, popularly referred to as the Defense of Marriage Amendment would define marriage exclusively as a union between a man and a woman, thereby outlawing and invalidating any existing marriages between two people of the same sex. The second amendment now referred to as the Defense of Christianity Amendment, would, among other things, permit local and state boards of education to allow prayer in school, and would allow creation, or “intelligent design” to be taught along side evolution in science classes. Both amendments will now be sent to the State legislatures for ratification….
Pentagon to Investigate Reports of Missing Uranium
(AP) Washington, D.C. – February 9, 2007
Responding to a report published by the Washington Post quoting an anonymous worker at a Department of Defense weapons installation who said that a small quantity of weapons grade uranium had been discovered missing there sometime in April of last year, officials at the Pentagon said that they were opening an investigation into the matter. A Pentagon spokesman said that it could not be confirmed that any weapons installation had reported a loss and raised the possibility that the anonymous source was, in fact, a disgruntled, former employee who wanted to stir up controversy and create a panic….