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Pledge of Allegiance Goes on Trial in Boston…

The state Supreme Judicial Court will begin hearing arguments this week in an atheist Acton couple’s quest to strike the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance their children say in the Acton-Boxboro Regional School District.

The couple’s suit, filed anonymously on behalf of their three children, goes to the SJC tomorrow, with a pair of Washington, D.C., activist organizations 
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Rubio blasts $9M ObamaCare advertising campaign

A proposed $8.7 million TV advertising campaign to promote ObamaCare in the lead-up to a key launch date is being targeted by Sen. Marco Rubio, who calls the effort a “blatant misuse of federal dollars.”

The Florida Republican said Tuesday that such spending is “unconscionable,” considering the uncertainty of the law and urged the Department of Health and Human Services to halt the spending.

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Marines.com Hacked…

“This is a message written by your brothers in the Syrian Army, who have been fighting al-Qaida for the last 3 years. We understand your patriotism and love for your country so please understand our love for ours. Obama is a traitor who wants to put your lives in danger to rescue al- Qaida insurgents.

Marines, please take a look at what your comrades think about Obama’s alliance with al-Qaida against Syria. Your officer in charge probably has no qualms about sending you to die against soldiers just like you, fighting a vile common enemy. The Syrian army should be your ally not your enemy.

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CITING OBAMACARE, 40,000 LONGSHOREMEN QUIT THE AFL-CIO…

In an August 29 letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, ILWU President Robert McEllrath cited quite a list of grievances as reasons for the dissolution of their affiliation, but prominent among them was the AFL-CIO’s support of Obamare.

“We feel the Federation has done a great disservice to the labor movement and all working people by going along to get along,” McEllrath wrote in the letter to Trumka.

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ICE Union head calls on Congress to investigate administration’s ICE policies

In an appearance on Sean Hannity’s radio show Friday, hosted by fill-in host Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert, the head of the union representing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents called on Congress to investigate the administration’s immigration policies.

“With regard to our government in general, I mean right now, that’s our problem with our immigration system,” National ICE Council President Chris Crane said. “[The problem] is not our immigration system, it’s our government, and it’s the ability of a president of the United States to ignore the laws enacted by Congress.”

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Another Illegal Immigrant Admits Involvement in 2009 Murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent

In July 2009, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas, Jr. was ambushed by five Mexican nationals, three of which entered the United States illegally to assault Rosas through a hole in the border fence and then quickly fled back over the border.

Thursday, 28-year-old Marco Rodriguez-Perez entered into a plea agreement after being extradited to the United States from Mexico in October 2011. In the agreement, Rodriguez-Perez admitted to ambushing Agent Rosas while he was on-duty, in uniform and responding to a remote area near Campo, California. The goal was to rob Rosas of his night vision goggles and they killed Agent Rosas in the process. More from the FBI:

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WH: Obama Looking ‘to Fundamentally Rethink and Reshape’ Higher Education

(CNSNews.com) – White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said at the White House briefing on Tuesday that President Barack Obama believes America needs “to fundamentally rethink and reshape” its higher education system and the he will be going on a bus tour on Thursday and Friday to make some proposals Earnest said “are not going to be popular with everybody.”

After noting that average college tuition costs have risen dramatically in recent decades, Earnest said: “So what the President believes that we need to do is we need to fundamentally rethink and reshape the college–the higher education system, and we need to find a way to build on innovation.

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Homeland Security tests face-scanning BOSS — the Biometric Optical Surveillance System

WASHINGTON — The federal government is making progress on developing a surveillance system that would pair computers with video cameras to scan crowds and automatically identify people by their faces, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with researchers working on the project.
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The Department of Homeland Security tested a crowd-scanning project called the Biometric Optical Surveillance System — or BOSS — last fall after two years of government-financed development. Although the system is not ready for use, researchers say they are making significant advances. That alarms privacy advocates, who say that now is the time for the government to establish oversight rules and limits on how it will someday be used.

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