OBAMA ANNOUNCES NEW 'STOLEN VALOR' WEBSITE: In the wake of the Supreme Court striking down the federal "Stolen Valor" law that made it illegal for people to claim to have won or to wear military medals or ribbons they didn't earn on First Amendment grounds, President Obama on Monday (July 23rd) announced a new initiative against such lies. Speaking at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention, Obama said, "It may no longer be a crime for con artists to pass themselves off as heroes, but one thing is certain: It is contemptible." He announced the launch of a website this week where anyone can look to see who's been awarded the nation's highest honors, stating, "No American hero should ever have their valor stolen." The site will list the names of people who have received military awards since the 9/11 attacks, at first listing only recipients of the Medal of Honor and Service Crosses. The White House has been working to collect data for Silver Star recipients and is seeing if it would be possible to have the database go back past 9/11.