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1.) The Case for Raising the Voting Age — Or at least banning anyone who ever participated in student government in college from voting. The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Robby Soave reports:
“The Student Government Association at Johns Hopkins University has denied official recognition to a group of pro-life students, and one SGA leader privately equated them with white supremacists. Voice for Life, a JHU student group that engages in pro-life activism, including counseling women outside of the front doors of abortion clinics, was twice denied official recognition last month. The SGA voted 10-8 to reject the group — cutting it off from student activities funding and building access for meetings — due to concerns that its activism constituted harassment. … SGA leaders elaborated on their opposition to the group in a private e-mail chain that was obtained by Life News. One member of the student government, whose name was withheld, sent an e-mail that said, ‘And this is why we don’t approve groups like Voice for Life.’ He then linked to a ThinkProgress article about a white supremacist group at Towson University.”
2.) Who did Republicans try to book!? — Whoever thought Lady Gaga would want to perform at a Republican convention — even for a gazillion dollars — is probably responsible for Mitt Romney losing the presidency. TheDC’s Caroline May reports:
“A lawsuit filed against a vendor that booked entertainment acts during the Republican National Convention this past August reveals several artists who turned down invitations to perform at the GOP festivities. According to a report in the Washington Examiner, Lady Gaga declined down a million-dollar offer to perform at an RNC event happening near the convention in Tampa. An offer to donate an additional $150,000 to a domestic violence shelter also failed to sway the pop singer.”
Let TheDC Morning guess: Bruce Springsteen and Rage Against the Machine also didn’t want to perform, right?
3.) Leave Obama alone — Charles Krauthammer doesn’t often go easy on President Obama, but he thinks on one issue conservatives are being a bit unfair. TheDC’s Jeff Poor reports:
“On Monday’s ‘Special Report’ on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer said it’s wrong to criticize President Barack Obama for attending an anti-conservative sermon by Rev. Luis Leon at Saint John’s Church on Sunday. ‘Look, I think this speaks to the Episcopal Church and not President Obama or the religious right,’ Krauthammer said. ‘The Episcopal Church, it used to be said a generation ago, was the American establishment at prayer. And now it’s the American left at prayer. … [The cleric] knew the press would be there. This was an ambitious cleric [trying] to make himself heard, and to make news.'”
TheDC Morning is well aware that the good doctor is an expert on many things, but we have to admit that we never suspected his expertise included the Episcopal Church.
4.) Gun fine — Democrats want to make sure you have liability insurance for your gun. TheDC’s Alex Pappas reports:
“A contingent of liberal Democrats in Congress are proposing a new federal gun control idea: mandatory liability insurance for gun owners. When New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney introduced this legislation last month with eight other Democrats, she boasted that it is ‘the first bill to require liability insurance of gun buyers nationwide.’ Maloney’s ‘Firearm Risk Protection Act’ requires gun buyers to have ‘a qualified liability insurance policy’ before being able to legally purchase a firearm. It also calls for the federal government to impose a fine as much as $10,000 if a gun owner doesn’t have insurance on a firearm purchased after the bill goes into effect. ‘It shall be unlawful for a person who owns a firearm purchased on or after the effective date of this subsection not to be covered by a qualified liability insurance policy,’ the bill text reads.”
6.) Today in North Korean News — BREAKING: “Anniversary of Registration of Kim Jong Il as Honorary Farmer Marked”