The most important news for Monday, July 5th, 2010….

According to one new poll, 26 percent of Americans do not know who the United States won independence from.

The Library of Congress has determined that Thomas Jefferson changed the word “subjects” to “citizens” in an early version of the Declaration of Independence.

As we celebrate the 4th of July, we should remember the sacrifices that many of the founding fathers of this nation made so that we could have such freedom.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit says that the Arab League will turn to the United Nations Security Council to declare an independent Palestinian state if peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians do not bear fruit by September.

Saudi Arabia is denying reports that King Abdullah had said in private that there are “two states in the region do not deserve to exist: Israel and Iran”.

Rockets were fired at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad while Joe Biden was making a visit in the country.

A majority of all combat-related U.S. casualties in the nine-year-long war in Afghanistan have occurred since Barack Obama was inaugurated a little more than 17 months ago.

BP has admitted that it did not use an industry standard process to asses risk ahead of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

A photographer taking pictures for ProPublica was recently detained by authorities for shooting pictures of a refinery in Texas City, Texas.

It turns out that the Department of Homeland Security has been working with BP officials to intimidate reporters who are trying to report on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The environmental toll of the oil spill continues to get worse – a baby Dolphin was recently found dead around Ballast Point Park in south Tampa.

Is the Gulf of Mexico oil spill crisis about to get a whole lot worse?

Ron Paul’s attempt to audit the Federal Reserve, which was previously co-sponsored by 320 members of the House of Representatives, failed by a vote of 229-198.

Nancy Pelosi says that printing unemployment checks is the fastest way to create jobs.

It looks like the massively overcrowded emergency rooms across the United States are about to get a lot more crowded thanks to Obamacare.

The Schwarzenegger administration has won an appellate court ruling saying it has the authority to impose the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour on more than 200,000 state workers as California wrestles with its latest budget crisis.

What does it say about our financial system when Goldman Sachs and other very powerful international banks can use “food speculation” to make millions of dollars, while millions of people around the world starve as a result of the speculation in food prices.

Analysts are warning that the Standard & Poor’s 500 50-day moving average is about to cross beneath the 200-day moving average, and they say that could be an indication that a new recession is about to begin.

It is being reported that the government of Hungary is planning to ask the International Monetary fund and the European Union for a “precautionary” two-year bailout package.

Cabinet ministers in the U.K. have been ordered to plan for massive cuts to their day-to-day departmental budgets of up to 40 percent.

Even British newspapers are running editorials about the stunning amount of debt that the U.S. government is accumulating under the Obama administration.

A French civil servant who lifted the lid on the wastefulness of the country’s state sector in a book describing a “five-hours-a-week” culture where people competed to take the longest coffee breaks has been suspended.

Thieves are using high-tech skimmers to steal account information at automatic teller machines – and most victims don’t even realize that they have a problem until they see their statements.

A week of bloodshed in the run-up to important Mexican regional elections culminated in a savage gunfight between rival drug gangs in which at least 21 people were killed a few miles from the U.S. border.

Barack Obama says that being an American is “not a matter of blood or birth”.

It looks like the U.S. public is pretty much evenly divided on Barack Obama.

“Bin police” in the U.K. are punishing hundreds of households guilty of trash violations with bigger fines than those given by police to shoplifters.

Scientists say that a genetic test has been developed that can accurately predict whether someone is likely to live an extremely long life.

It turns out that chicken nuggets sold in U.S. branches of McDonald’s contain a chemical used in Silly Putty.

Google has begun paying extra to its gay employees in the U.S. to compensate them for additional taxes on their benefits.

A Canadian man has replaced his own false eye with a camera-eye of his own invention – and will let the world see what he sees via a live video link.

A five meter wide chasm has mysteriously opened in a busy road in Malaysia.

A magnitude 6.4 undersea quake struck off the Pacific Ocean island nation of Vanuatu on Friday

Lastly, police say that a replica of a World Cup trophy seized by Colombian authorities at the Bogota airport was made of cocaine.