Morning News and Stuff

Jun 30, 2011 at 2:09 pm

A man thought it wise to grab French President Nicolas Sarkozy by his shoulder this morning. It was quickly proven otherwise as he was tackled by security officers and taken into custody by the police.—-

Ben Stein — comedian, economist and the guy who provided everyone with “Bueller … Bueller” — told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham that not only does Congress have the right to raise taxes on the rich, but that it should. “Look, if a person is a millionaire or a billionaire…” Stein said before being interrupted by journalist news anchor Fox News employee, Ingraham.

“Well, they are helping to pay down the debt.”

Stein: “…who are making $20 million a year, he can afford a tax increase.”

Ingraham: “No that’s — well, first of all, it’s their money. So I don’t know who’s to judge what they can afford or not, but what we do know is that they spent…”

Stein: “Well it is — with all due respect, everybody’s — no, with all do respect, it is — of course it’s their money, but the Congress has a right to tax it and the president has the right to sign that legislation.”

Insert a really awkward five minutes of Ingraham arguing about the economy with an economist.

A Republican-appointed judge on Wednesday joined with a Democratic appointee for the 2-1 majority in a pivotal point in President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, agreeing that the government can require a minimum amount of insurance for Americans. “No one is inactive when deciding how to pay for health care,” said Judge Jeffrey Sutton.

The Ohio House of Representatives voted 54 to 43 to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detectable — around 6 or 7 weeks into the pregnancy. The bill does not include exceptions for rape, incest or the mother’s health, making it one of the most restrictive abortion legislation in the U.S.

The Senate will reportedly not vote on the issue until the fall, allowing time for defenders of women’s rights to organize opposition.

New York’s Kennedy Airport on Wednesday was overrun as around 150 turtles crawled onto the tarmac in search of beaches to lay their eggs. Dozens of flights were delayed, according to aviation authorities. "We ceded to Mother Nature," said Ron Marsico, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the airport.