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AP: GOP Pledge ‘steers clear of specifics on important issues’

Republicans outline ‘Pledge to America’ promising tax, spending cuts, bottom-up governing Republicans are putting their leading midterm congressional campaign arguments into a new manifesto designed to show they’re listening to an angry public and are focused on creating jobs. GOP lawmakers later Thursday will roll out their “Pledge to America”…

40 US billionaires pledge half of wealth to charity

Forty of America’s billionaires and their families pledged Wednesday to give more than half of their fortune to charity in a drive organized by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. The group includes CNN founder Ted Turner, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison and Hollywood director George Lucas,…

School gets ‘potentially criminal’ threats after bogus Fox News report

Police in a Boston suburb are investigating threatening messages sent to members of the Arlington School Committee, following what school officials said were incorrect reports by Fox News that they had banned the Pledge of Allegiance in Arlington schools. According to the Boston Globe, a police spokesperson described the messages…

Court says invoking God on US money, pledge constitutional

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – A federal appeals court in California ruled Thursday that the references to God on US bank notes and in the pledge of allegiance to the US flag are constitutional and not religious in nature. By a two-to-one margin, the three judges overturned their own 2002 ruling…

Police escort student out of class after refusal to recite Pledge of Allegiance

A middle school teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland, will have to apologize to a 13-year-old student after yelling at her and having her escorted out of class by school police when the student refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. According to the ACLU of Maryland, a 13-year-old female student…

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