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Customers shows support to Chick-fil-A

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Many patrons of Chick-fil-A came to the chain's restaurants across the country to support the company and its president's opposition to same-sex marriage on Wednesday, USA Today reported.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee called for " Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" after some criticized Dan Cathy, president of the company, said he opposes same-sex marriage in an interview with the Baptist Press , CNN reported.

"We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit," Cathy said, CNN reported.

General Mills and Starbucks announced their support for gay marriage. The National Organization for Marriage, which opposes same-sex marriage, called for boycott against these companies, USA Today reported. founder Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, donated $ 2.5 million to Washington United for Marriage, a group that opposes a ballot that will invalidate gay marriage in Washington, USA Today reported.

Colorado suspect appears in court

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James Holmes, 24, arrested on charge of killing 12 people appeared in the court on Monday, Reuters reported.

Holmes for the first time appeared in the court after killing 12 and injuring 58 people. About 40 family members of the vicitms appeared in the Arapahoe County courthouse, Al Jazeera reported.

Holmes' lawyers answered Arapahoe County District Judge William Sylvester's questions. He remained silent at the hearing, Reuters reported.

The shooter may face death penalty for premeditation, multiple victims, and the killing of a child, said Craig Silverman, a former Denver prosecutor.

Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers said she will consult with the wounded and the victims' families, Reuters reported.

"If James Holmes isn't executed, Colorado may as well throw away its death penalty law," Silverman said, Reuters reported.

Ron Paul questions Bernanke for the last time

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Rep. Ron Paul questioned the Federal Reserve chairmen at the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

CNN Money reported Paul, R-Texas, has been working for years to pass a bill that will allow the Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent and nonpartisan congressional agency, to audit the Fed.

Ben Bernanke said it will be a "nightmare scenario" if politicians tries to influence the monetary policy, CNN Money reported.

"There's a lot of evidence that an independent central bank that makes decisions based strictly on economic considerations and not based on political pressure will deliver lower inflation and better economic results in the longer term," Bernanke said in the congressional hearing at the Capitol Hill, Reuters reported.

Paul, the author of "End the Fed," said the secrecy in the central bank helps to create financial crisis, Reuters reported.

He advocated to abolish or reform the Fed in his 24 years as a congressmen, CNN Money reported.

"When we've had the Federal Reserve chairman up here before us, have certainly made the hearings more interesting and provided several memorable YouTube moments," Rep. Spencer Bachus said, CNN Money reported.

Ron Paul fights for a slot in Tampa convention

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Rep. Ron Paul expects to win delegates in Nebraska on Saturday that will ensure him a slot in the GOP national convention in Tampa, MSNBC reported.

The Guardian reported if Paul, R-Texas, secures the majority of delegates in Nebraska, then he will have the five states that will allow him to be nominated as a Republican presidential candidate and 15 minutes slot in Tampa.

"We have got a fair number and there are probably a few more that are friendly to Ron Paul. Our goal is a coalition and win that way," said Laura Ebke, chairwoman of the Republican Liberty Caucus in Nebraska. She is potential delegate for Paul, The Guardian reported.

The RNC rule 40 states a candidate must win plurality in five states to be nominated in the convention.Paul has won the majority of delegations in Iowa, Maine, Lousiana, and Minnesota, MSNBC reported.

"I welcome the Tea Party and Ron Paul supporters,"Gov. Dave Heineman of Nebraska said. "But it's time to be good sports and get behind Governor Romney," MSNBC reported.

Paul supporters will convey in Florida for several events. Liberty Unplugged, an event that will have speeches and, is being planned by his supporters on August 24 and 26.Paul will be in a rally at the University of South Florida on August 26, the day before the RNC convention begins, The Guardian reported.

The Guardian reported Professor Tim Hagle, an expert on Republican politics at the University of Iowa, said "They are very well organised. They are very impressive."

Judge sets $1 million bail for George Zimmerman

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A judge set bail at $1 million for the neighborhood watch volunteer on Thursday, USA Today reported.

Judge Kenneth Lester said George Zimmerman has mislead the court about his finance. Lester said that the "court's concern that the defendant intended to flee the jurisdiction and a lesser amount would not ensure his presence in court," USA Today reported.

Lester revoked Zimmerman's bond on June after state prosecutors claimed Zimmerman and his wife of lying about the financial assett to obtain a lower bond, USA reported.

The BBC reported Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of Zimmerman, was charged with perjury and has left jail on a $1,000 bond.

He instructed his wife to transfer his money to her and her sister's bank accounts in jail, according to recordings of jail calls, USA Today reported.

Under the new conditions, Zimmerman must remain in Seminole County and needs permission to leave, must wear an electronic device and stay away from the Orlando Sanford International Airport, if he was out on $1 million bond, USA Today reported.

Zimmerman was arrested on charge of killing Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager, in Florida on Feb. 26, the BBC reported. He said he shot Martin in self-defense on Florida's stand on your ground law.

The shooting incident sparked a national debate about the Florida's law and the law enforcement, the BBC reported.

SCOTUS: Affordable Care Act is constitutional

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The Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama's health care law as constitutional on Thursday. Chief Justice John Roberts voted in favor of the law and claimed the individual mandate was a tax, The New York Times reported.

The court ruled the individual mandate was in the Congress's authority to collect taxes. The law will extend coverage to more than 32 million americans, Al Jazeera reported.

The court "upheld the principle that people who can afford health insurance should take the responsibility to buy health insurance," Obama said, Al Jazeera reported.

The New York Times reported that the court rejected the argument made by the Obama administration to support the law. The Congress's power under Commerce Clause to force individuals to buy insurance was unconstitutional.

Chief Justice Roberts wrote, in the majority opinion, "The Affordable Care Act's requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax," The New York Times reported.

The presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, who oppose the health care law, said he will repeal the law,if elected in November, Al Jazeera reported.

The court said the federal government's ability to limit the funding for states is unconstitutional. The 26 states and other plaintiffs brought this issue to the court, The New York Times reported.

Al Jazeera reported that Romney said "If we want to get rid of Obamacare, we have to get rid of President Obama."

Eric Holder faces contempt charges

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Attorney General Eric Holder was voted by a Republican-controlled House panel for contempt of Congress as the Obama administration claimed executive privilege, Al Jazeera reported.

Holder was voted by 23-17 for refused to give the House Oversight and Government Operations Committee documents related to a failed Operation Fast and Furious on Wednesday, AP reported.

"I write now to inform you that the president has asserted executive privilege over relevant ... documents," Deputy Attorney General James Cole said, Al Jazeera reported.

The administration invoked executive privilege for the first time withhold documents demanded by the committee. Committee Chairman Darrell Issa,Calif., accused the administration of delayed to give the documents, AP reported.

Before the vote, Issa said that "This untimely assertion by the Justice Department falls short of any reason to delay today's proceedings," reported Yahoo News.

The panel found out the use of risky gun-walking, a method to track high-level traffickers and in the process guns will cross the borders to Mexico. A U.S. border agent Brian Terry was killed by the guns used in the operation, AP reported.

If the full House decide to vote against Holder, then he will face federal criminal charges, reported AP.

Josephine and Kent Terry,the parents of slain agent, said " We are now faced with an administration that seems more concerned with protecting themselves rather than revealing the truth behind Operation Fast and Furious" in a statement on Wednesday, AP reported.

Gov. Walker to Romney: simple plan

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who won the historic recall election, visited Washington and offered some advice to Mitt Romney, reported The Boston Herald.

U.S. News reported that Walker suggests to follow President Regan's play book with strong defence and small government. "You've got to have a vision, you've got to have a message," Walker said.

"I am bias for Paul," said Walker, who suggests Rep. Paul Ryan to be the vice president pick for Romney, reported U.S. News.

He came to the national spotlight for his banning on collective bargaining rights for public employees. Walker thought Romney had a "shot" in wining the November's election, reported The Boston Herald. President Regan won Wisconsin in his second term for presidency in 1984.

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