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Supreme Court preview, thought-controlled prosthetics, Dollars and Sense
Today’s news and Legal Docket preview of the big cases facing the U.S. Supreme Court, including a key religious-liberty battle, plus: a breakthrough in prosthetic technology, financial news, and the passing of “one of the most influential figures in modern American Christianity.”
Shutdown showdown: Republicans and Democrats take to the airwaves over the weekend to emphasize their intractable positions on the partial government shutdown and the looming debt-ceiling showdown. Democrats: Republicans should fund all government operations and raise the debt ceiling, no strings attached, then we’ll talk. Republicans: Democrats should enter negotiations over the conditions under which government is funded and the debt ceiling raised.
Obamacare: Health law carve-out for members of Congress and congressional staff runs afoul of federal ban on taxpayer dollars for abortion, says sponsor of the law banning the funding.
Iran: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned over the weekend that Iran is not only developing nuclear weapons, but also the capability to launch them at the United States. Netanyahu cautions that Iran has not reversed course. Rather, they simply recognize that their formerly harsh public tone was counterproductive to their nuclear ambitions.
Religion: Chuck Smith, the evangelical pastor who brought the Jesus movement of the 70’s into the mainstream, has died at the age of 86. Calvary Chapel, in Costa Mesa, California, which Smith founded in 1965, says he died in his sleep before dawn Thursday.
Legal Docket: Supreme Court preview
On the first Monday in October, TW&E legal-affairs correspondent Mary Reichard reviews more of the big cases the high court will consider at the justices open their 2013 term.
Medical advance: A thought-controlled bionic leg
Technology correspondent Michael Cochrane reports on a breakthrough in prosthetic technology.
Dollars and sense
WORLD News Group’s Warren Cole Smith reviews last week’s financial news, and explains how the partial government shutdown is affecting reporting of economic data.
Founder of Calvary Chapel movement dies at 86
Well-known California pastor Chuck Smith has passed away after a two-year battle with cancer. The Los Angeles Times called him “one of the most influential figures in modern American Christianity.”