Supreme Court Begins New Session with Many Big Issues to be
Remember how big the Supreme Court decision was on the
president’s health care law? We may have
to do it again. The Supreme Court opened
session yesterday, their first since the landmark decision in June, and they’re
leaving open the possibility for more challenges. The big issue then was the individual
mandate. This latest challenge by Liberty University is over the employer
mandate. That’s just one of 45 other
lawsuits still pending over the affordable care act. Some of the top issues on the court’s docket
this session include voting rights, the use of race in college admissions, and
possibly same-sex marriage.
US Confirms Some Government Computers Hacked
The White House is partly confirming a report that some
government computers, including those used by the military for nuclear
commands, have been hacked by the Chinese.
A phishing scam was revealed on Monday, but we still don’t know what
information, if any, was breached. The
attack came in an e-mail with corrupt links in it.
Loose Seats Ground Planes
American Airlines has grounded eight jets after another
flight was found with loose seats on it.
The first incident happened on a flight from Boston
to Miami, which
had to be diverted. The latest issue was
on a New York to Miami flight.
Both American Airlines and the FAA are looking into it.
Hong Kong Ferry Sinks, Killing 25
Twenty-Five people have died after a ferry collided with a
tug boat and then sank south of Hong Kong. Rescue crews were on the scene early this
morning, pulling survivors out of the water.
The BBC says at least forty were taken to area hospitals.
Honda Recalls Accords
Honda is recalling about 600-thousand Accords in the U-S and
because of a faulty power steering hose that can leak and cause a fire. It affects the 2003 through 2007 model
years. Honda.com has more.
Yahoo! CEO Delivers Baby, Soon to Deliver New Company Plan
Back in the summer when the news broke that Yahoo was hiring
Marissa Mayer away from Google to be their new CEO, we also found out she was
pregnant. And on Sunday, she gave birth
to a bouncing baby boy. Still no name
for the little guy yet. And now mom and
dad begin the process of trying to balance parenthood with business. Her husband is a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley. Mayer
is getting ready to unveil her blueprint for Yahoo in the next few weeks.
Pastors and Politics and The Pulpit
Has your pastor picked a politician yet? Chances are they haven’t, and they
won’t. A new poll from LifeWay shows
that almost 90-percent of pastors don’t believe in endorsing candidates for
public office from the pulpit, although 44-percent say they do it personally,
outside of their church role. That
survey comes just as the Alliance Defending Freedom gears up for this week’s
“Pulpit Freedom Sunday”, which is meant as a challenge to the IRS ban on
An App for Getting the Bible into Closed Countries
Some Bible apps are now becoming available in countries that
have historically been closed to the Gospel.
Scandinavia Publishing has made 85 children’s Bibles available as apps
for the iPhone and iPad, and they’re working on Android and Kindle
formats. In some of these countries,
Christian symbols aren’t even permitted – and in just 1 day more than 300
Bibles were downloaded.
Family & Relationships
Governor Vetoes “Multi Parent” Bill
will NOT have a new law on the books that allows a child to have more than two
parents. Governor Jerry Brown vetoed
that bill this week, saying there would be too many unintended
consequences. He did not close the door
to signing it in the future.
Study: More Authority = More Stress
“It’s lonely at the top.”
That may be so, but it’s also less stressful. New research out of Stanford and Harvard
suggests more authority means less stress.
They say the feeling of being in charge of your life helps offset the
added responsibility that comes with being in leadership.
Finances & Economy
Retailers Already Looking Forward to Christmas
It looks like America can’t wait for Christmas,
if for no other reason than we want some good news. The National Retail Federation says they
expect us to spend about 4-percent more this year than in 2011. That’s the good news. Unfortunately that’s more than a point lower
than we’ve seen in each of the last two years.
These are just projections, but they can have a big impact on what
retailers do as they depend on the holidays to help them turn a profit.
Debt Already Exceeds 2011 Level
The Treasury Department says the government’s debt climbed
by 1.275 trillion dollars in fiscal 2012, which ended Sunday. That means the federal government borrowed
close to an additional 11-thousand dollars per household over the last 12
months, pushing it to over 136-thousand dollars per household. In 2007, the debt was a little less than half
Manufacturing Indicator Shows Decline
New orders for manufactured goods fell in August, taking
their biggest dip in 3.5 years.
According to the Commerce Department, August orders for durable goods
were down 13.2 percent, even after July’s figures were revised downwards. These goods include everything from toasters
to jets, basically anything that’s expected to last more than 3 years.
New Benefits of Vitamin D
That vitamin D you’re taking may help more than your
knees. Researchers in Denmark say people with low levels
of vitamin D may have a higher risk of heart attack. The study involved 10,000 Danes and found
that the 5-percent with the lowest vitamin D levels had a 40-percent higher
risk of heart disease, and an 81-percent higher risk that they’d die from it.
Parents Key to Kids Health
If you really want your kids to be healthy, jump on the
treadmill yourself. A company called
American Specialty Health helps provide exercise programs for insurance companies,
and they say their research shows that parental involvement – not new health
laws – are the key to overcoming the obesity problem.
Baby Boomers Out of Shape
Baby Boomers are in bad shape, and getting worse. Three universities in Australia have completed the first
stage of a study comparing boomers to their parents generation, and found
obesity among boomers is more than double – and they had a 700-percent greater
chance of having at least three chronic conditions.