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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

CNSNews.com E-Brief

All these stories warrant reading, so I'll just put the email I receive and let you check out the stories that appeal to you. CP

Hoyer: ‘I Don’t Know’ Where Obama Got Legal Authority for Auto Plan
- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told CNSNews.com on Tuesday that he does not know where President Barack Obama gained legal authority to oversee a restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler. But if authority is a question, he said, then Congress will grant it to the administration.

Labor Union to Obama: Fire Bank of America CEO
– President Barack Obama forced the ouster of the General Motors chairman, and now he must fire the Bank of America CEO, a labor union insists. The Service Employees International Union is circulating an online petition, telling Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to get rid of Ken Lewis.

U.S. Decision to Seek a Seat on Flawed Human Rights Council Stokes Debate
– The Obama administration’s decision to seek a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council has drawn mixed reactions, with some close observers of the Geneva-based body questioning whether U.S. membership will make any difference. The move is in keeping with the administration’s “new era of engagement” with other nations.

Obama’s Tax Credit Takes Effect on April Fool’s Day
– President Barack Obama’s “Making Work Pay” tax credit takes effect on Wednesday, but some workers will have to look closely at their paychecks to notice it. For many earners, it works out to an extra $15 or $20 per paycheck.

Cardinal George: ‘Notre Dame Didn't Understand What It Means to Be Catholic’
- Cardinal Francis George, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and archbishop of Chicago, said on Saturday that the University of Notre Dame had “brought extreme embarrassment” to Catholics by inviting pro-abortion President Barack Obama to speak at the university’s commencement and that the school “didn’t understand what it means to be Catholic when they issued this invitation."

‘Junk Mail’ Seen As Contributing to ‘Climate Change’
– In an age of big government, the city of San Francisco is now trying to protect its citizens from junk mail. There’s also a “global warming” twist.

Republicans Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Protect Parental Rights
- Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.) on Tuesday introduced a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at bolstering traditional parental rights in the face of government intrusion. “The Parental Rights Amendment would help stop the assault on parental rights, whether it is an assault from Congress, from the courts or the UN,” Hoekstra told CNSNews.com on Tuesday.


Actress Lea Thompson Says Obama's Tax Plan Will Deter Charitable Giving
- In his most recent national news conference, President Barack Obama defended his budget proposal to reduce the tax deduction for charitable contributions from 39 percent to 28 percent. Actress Lea Thompson, who was in Washington for the Alzheimer’s Association gala, said Obama’s proposal would deter charitable giving to a “certain extent.” But Thompson said she hopes people will continue to give to charity.