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June 30, 2009

Honduras achieved independence from Spain on Sept. 15, 1821.
Source: CIA World Factbook

Cantor Sticking with $3,100 Cost Estimate

In a post announcing the launch of a video news release questioning the priorities of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Office of the Republican Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia says that the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which Pelosi helped usher through the House of Representatives, “will impose a national energy tax of up to $3,100 on all Americans and slam small businesses with higher energy bills, causing the loss of millions of jobs.”

The video,

Sotomayor, the Supremes and the Firefighters

Sonia Sotomayor isn’t mentioned in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today in a much-watched reverse-discrimination case, Ricci v. DeStefano. But you can bet the decision will be mentioned plenty in the upcoming Senate confirmation hearing that could put her on that court.
Sotomayor and two other judges on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had upheld a lower court decision in the case, saying that the city of New Haven, Conn., was on firm legal ground when it threw out the results of two exams firefighters took in order to be promoted.

June 29, 2009

Emperor penguins weigh up to 88 pounds. Their average height is 45 inches.
Source: National Geographic

Campaigning on Single Payer?

 On “Meet the Press” on June 28, former presidential candidate and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney falsely claimed that President Obama had called for a “single-payer” health care system on the campaign trail:

Romney: President Obama, when he was campaigning, said he wanted a single-payer system.

We debunked this falsehood when Sen. John McCain said it during the third presidential debate. McCain claimed that “as he said, his object is a single payer system.” But as a presidential candidate,

June 28, 2009

Ninety-two percent of Argentina’s population lives in urban areas.
Source: CIA World Factbook

June 27, 2009

Argentina is slightly less than three-tenths the size of the United States.
Source: CIA World Factbook

ACORN and the Census

Q: Is ACORN providing workers for the 2010 census?
A: No. ACORN employees will not be taking the census. The group is one of more than 30,000 "partners" that will help publicize the event.

June 26, 2009

The federal tax on beer is just over 5.4 cents per bottle, where it was set in 1991. (For micro-breweries, the rate is a little more than 2 cents.)
Source: U.S. Treasury Department, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

June 25, 2009

The federal tax on pistols and revolvers is 10 percent. The tax on all other firearms, and all ammunition, is 11 percent.
Source: U.S. Treasury Department, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau