FPL Daily News Reel: June 21, 2012
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Nuns on the Bus protest campaign rolls into Chicago
By Manya Brachear — Chicago Tribune
The Nuns on the Bus stopped at Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh’s Fox Lake headquarters to scold Walsh for voting on a House budget that the sisters say threatens to hurt the people they serve.
Nuns on Bus focus on effects of budget cuts on struggling Americans
By Sister Carol Hoverman — Catholic News Service
Cutting the food stamp and housing programs will be like slamming the door in the faces of those that we are trying to open doors for,” [Michelle Brown, executive director of Opening Doors,] said.
Rep. Peter King revisits hearings on American Muslim radicalization
By Farah Mohamed — McClatchy Newspapers
…witness Faiza Patel, a co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, and other members of the committee disagreed, seeing the hearings as potential alienation of the Muslim American community.
Key Minnesota pastors opt out of marriage fight
By Rose French — Minneapolis Star-Tribune
The Rev. Leith Anderson, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s longtime pastor, also said this week he does not plan to take a public side on the amendment, which would change the state Constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
Southern Baptists: Gay Rights Not Civil Rights
By Travis Loller — Associated Press
The resolution acknowledges that gays and lesbians sometimes experience “unique struggles” but declares that they lack the “distinguishing features of classes entitled to special protections.”
Ad Attacking Health Care Law Up In Six Swing States
By Pema Levy — Talking Points Memo
The Christian advocacy group Concerned Women for America is launching a six-state, $6 million ad buy attacking the health care reform law…
Group: Uninsured Americans will die without healthcare law
By Elise Viebeck — The Hill
A prominent advocacy group that supports healthcare reform warned Wednesday that tens of thousands of Americans will die for lack of insurance coverage if the law is struck down.
Health insurance plans owe $1.1 billion in rebates
By Sarah Kliff — Washington Post
If the Supreme Court overturns the health-care law — a decision that could come as early as Thursday morning — experts say those checks are unlikely to hit Americans’ mailboxes.
Florida Police Chief at Center of Martin Probe Fired
By Associated Press
City Manager Norton Bonaparte said in a statement that he relieved Chief Bill Lee of duty because he lacked the trust and respect of elected officials and the community.