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IRS and pulpit freedom, liberty amendments, Uncle Sam records, and NYC sharks
Today’s news and a new report that recommends the IRS’s power to chill pulpit freedom be revoked, plus: commentary by Cal Thomas on a book that argues for the need to restore constitutional boundaries with a series of “liberty amendments,” plus: when Uncle Sam became a record producer, an NYC subway shark, and more
Thursday morning news
Egypt: A crackdown by riot police in Cairo on Muslim Brotherhood protest sites leads to hundreds of deaths.
Politics: Both former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife will serve prison sentences arising from separate felonies related to the misspending of about $750,000 in campaign funds. Jackson will serve two and a half years in prison, his wife will spend one year behind bars.
Israel: First substantial peace talks in five years get underway between Israel and the Palestinians.
Religion: The status of Jerusalem will be among core issues discussed at the US-brokered peace talks.
Business: A big down day on Wall Street led by a poor bellwether retail earnings report.
Report: IRS power to chill religious speech should be ended
Commentary: Rebuild the constitutional boundaries
When Uncle Sam became a record producer
To boost troop morale during World War II, the War Department created V-Discs — government-produced recordings featuring many of the top singers and bands of the period.
Some V-Disc recordings are available for purchase here.