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Why Are Americans Who Never Signed Up for White House Emails Receiving Them?

August 14

Fox News reporter Major Garrett gets into a testy exchange with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs after inquiring as to how the list of people who received a health care e-mail from top WH adviser David Axelrod was compiled.

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Parents File Suit Over Denial of Opt-out Requests

August 14

A group of parents filed a lawsuit today against Alameda Unified School District after the District denied their requests to excuse their young children from controversial lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) instruction.

In late May, despite strong opposition by parents at school board meetings, AUSD approved a supplemental curriculum that will promote LGBT alternative families to kindergarten and elementary-age students. Since AUSD adopted the curriculum, numerous parents have sent letters to Superintendent Kristen Vital, requesting that their young students be opted out of the controversial instruction. The District recently sent form letters denying all of the parents' requests.

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Senate to Drop Controversial 'Death Panels' Provision from HealthCare Bill

August 14

A Senate committee will drop a controversial provision that detractors have said will set up "death panels" for elderly Americans. Though the committee may remove the controversial language, the House health care bill has wording in its legislation that presents more concerns.

The provisions in question concern end-of-life counseling and they have been derided because they provide financial incentives for physicians to promote various options.

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Democrat Congresswoman Admits ObamaCare Covers Elective Abortions

August 14

A Democratic Congresswoman admitted to her California constituents gathered at a town-hall meeting what the Obama administration has tried desperately to keep quiet: the health care reform bill covers abortions.

"We know that over 90 percent of abortions are purely elective, not medically necessary. Why is this being covered when abortion is not clearly health care," Ignacio Reyes, a local pro-life advocate, asked Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Cali.) at a San Jose town-hall meeting.

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Census Plan Would Illegally Redistribute House Seats

August 14

An immigration reform activist says she's outraged that an advocacy group for illegal immigrants is pushing for those individuals to take part in the 2010 census.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) has been going door-to-door in 11 Midwestern states, passing out flyers and encouraging the Latino population to participate in the upcoming census.

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ACLU: Government Proposes Massive Shift in Online Privacy Policy

August 14

The American Civil Liberties Union submitted comments today to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) opposing its recent proposal to reverse current federal policy and allow the use of web tracking technologies, like cookies, on federal government websites. Cookies can be used to track an Internet user's every click and are often linked across multiple websites; they frequently identify particular people.

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School Officials Face Jail Time for Meal-time Prayers

August 14

A principal and an athletic director are facing criminal charges for a lunch-time prayer.

Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Pace High School in Santa Rosa County, Florida. The ACLU claimed some teachers and administrators were endorsing religion, but the school chose to give in to the ACLU's demands rather than fight them in court.

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