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Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Congress must uphold its “oath to ‘protect and defend' the Constitution and all Americans by expanding background checks and keeping dangerous firearms out of the wrong hands.” Never mind the Second Amendment implications, CNSNews.com reminds that the California Democrat can't even get the oath right: The proper phrase is “to support and defend.” ... The Examiner of Washington reports that critics say the Obama administration's new “data hub” needed to create ObamaCare's health exchanges “will be a ripe target for computer hackers and identity thieves” because it hasn't been tested for security flaws. Much like ObamaCare itself never was vetted for operational flaws. ... Police in Charlottesville, Va., are under fire for stopping 262 people and forcing them to show identification to enter and exit a subdivision on July 11. The Rutherford Institute reports that one resident who objected was threatened with arrest. Police called it a “license checkpoint.” Let's call it what it is — a violation of the Fourth Amendment's protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. ... NASA has released a photograph of Earth taken Friday last by the Cassini spacecraft from nearly 900 million miles away. It is but a speck of a star in the cosmos. And if that doesn't humble you, nothing will.

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