The Supreme Court struck down a federal law banning depictions of animal cruelty on Tuesday. The 1999 Depiction of Animal Cruelty Act was too broad allowing for prosecution of even hunting magazines. The Humane Society intends to pass a more targeted law to stop the commercialization of animal cruelty.
Across the country, Tea Party activists protested on April 15 against the expansion of government. Thousands of these activists also formed a new “Contract for America” which lists their beliefs in how the country should be run.
Obama’s plan is to increase NASA’s budget by $6 billion over five years and shift the responsibility for space transportation to private companies, which would be encouraged to “compete to design and build and launch new means of carrying people and materials out of our atmosphere.” They would be responsible not just for designing and building the rockets and spaceships, which they largely do already, but also for conducting flights to the International Space Station.
â€œOn balance, the incoming data suggest that growth in private final demand will be sufficient to promote a moderate economic recovery in coming quarters,â€ Bernanke said in testimony to Congress today. â€œSignificant restraints on the pace of the recovery remain, including weakness in both residential and nonresidential construction and the poor fiscal condition of many state and local governments.â€
Last week, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a historic treaty to reduce nuclear arms between the two superpowers. Fringe commentators like Jack Kelly are already digging at his heels making the ludicrous claim that, “before he [Obama] drives us into bankruptcy, he might get us all killed.” However, some more reasonable Republicans have endorsed the measure.