White House: No sanctions against Israel . . . White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that reports the U.S. governing is considering economic sanctions against Israel are “completely unfounded and without merit.” Earnest provided no further details about any internal discussions on sanctions against Israel. Washington Examiner
Gruber in the hot seat . . . One of the architects of ObamaCare is in the hot seat Tuesday as Republicans call him before Congress to explain his controversial statements boasting how the law’s authors took advantage of the “stupidity of the American voter.” Gruber, an MIT economist, recently apologized for saying Americans’ “stupidity” was vital to passing the health law in 2010. Fox News
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Leaving so soon? . . . When Ron Klain leaves his post as the White House’s “Ebola response coordinator,” or czar, sometime early next year, don’t expect a big send-off from President Obama, much less a declaration of mission accomplished. The Atlantic
Bishops condemn Obama gender regs . . . The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) condemned new regulations to implement President Obama’s July 21 executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating “on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.” CNS News
Profiling guidelines slammed from the Left . . . The Justice Department on Monday announced new “stricter policies” forbidding the use of profiling by federal law enforcement officers, but the guidelines — which don’t apply to local police departments — were immediately criticized by civil rights advocates as being overly broad and riddled with loopholes. Washington Times
McConnell likely to back Rand Paul for president . . . “Well, I’m a big fan of his,” Sen. Mitch McConnell R-Ky., said of his fellow Kentuckian. I mean we started off on opposite paths, but we’ve become great allies. I’m a big fan of his. I think he’s a very, very smart, capable guy.” Daily Caller
Government demands end to cookie dough eating . . . The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued an order that millions of Americans will likely find impossible to carry out: stop eating raw cookie dough. “Avoid raw or partially cooked eggs or foods containing raw eggs, such as cookie dough,” USDA advised. The Blaze