IRS scandal widens, Texas gets protective abortion laws, Zimmerman aftermath reveals racial regress
Today’s news and a report on new hearings, new witnesses, and new evidence suggesting the IRS political targeting scandal was not the work of a rogue office but rather was directed from Washington, plus: Texas Gov. Perry signs into law one of the most protective abortion regulation measures in the country, cultural commentator John Stonestreet says the Zimmerman trial and aftermath shows America is not as far along on issues of race as many thought, and more
Friday morning news
Congressional hearing on IRS scandal shows political appointee’s involvement in stonewalling conservative groups
Motor City stalls: Detroit becomes largest U.S. city to declare bankruptcy; city’s financial manager calls declaration a “tool” to save the city
White House fights back on Obamacare: After the House passes legislation to extend delay of the health-care mandates for individuals, the president says law’s problems are just expected “glitches”
California veterans’ memorial blocked by federal judge because it includes depiction of a cross
Hint in testimony by Fed chairman Bernanke that “quantitative easing” may continue helps drive down long-term mortgage interest rates
IRS scandal migrates from Cincinnati to Washington
House Government Oversight and Reform Committee calls new witnesses and receives evidence that, while the scandal doesn’t implicate the White House directly, blame may rest on higher-ups in Washington for the improper political targeting of conservative groups.
Texas governor signs into law protective new abortion regulations
At signing ceremony, Gov. Rick Perry lauded pro-life lawmakers and activists for persevering through a hard process to help pass legislation to protect abortion-minded mothers and unborn children beyond 20 weeks’ gestation.
Culture Friday with John Stonestreet
The George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case: Stonestreet faults news media for fanning racial flames but also some conservative Christians for displaying a “celebratory” attitude toward a verdict that divides Americans along racial lines.