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Congress renews U.S. export bank

WASHINGTON — Congress approved a bill Tuesday renewing the charter of the US Export-Import Bank for three years and raising the ceiling on its financing guarantees from $100 billion to $140 billion. The Senate approved the text 78-20 after the House of Representatives backed the measure last week in a…

China dissident Chen Guangcheng tells U.S. of abuse of family

WASHINGTON — A dissident at the center of a standoff between Beijing and Washington on Tuesday accused Chinese authorities of a pattern of abuse against his family as he again took his case to US lawmakers. Chen Guangcheng, a blind self-taught lawyer who last month dramatically escaped house arrest for…

Obama Administration threatens to veto defense budget

The Obama Administration on Tuesday threatened to veto the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 over provisions related to Guantanamo Bay and same sex marriage. The House Armed Services Committee approved the $642 billion defense budget last week by a 56-5 vote. The budget is $8 billion over the military…

Virginia Democrats blast ‘bigoted’ Republican delegates

Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday morning blocked openly gay Richmond prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland from appointment as a District Court judge, according to the Associated Press. Thorne-Begland received 33 yes votes and 31 no votes. All of the no votes came from Republican delegates. Ten delegates abstained…

GOP Senate candidate ‘proud’ Rush Limbaugh inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians

Republican Senate candidate Sarah Steelman on Tuesday defended Rush Limbaugh’s induction into the Hall of Famous Missourians. “To me it is not controversial,” she told KFNS radio. “He is a famous Missourian. He made a difference in talk radio. I know the family quite well, they are very patriotic and…

U.S. visas ready for blind Chinese activist and family

The United States said Tuesday that visas are ready for activist Chen Guangcheng and his family once the Chinese authorities allow him to leave the country for the United States. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters that “all of the processing on the US side has been completed” to…

Judge allows ebook price-fixing class action suit to continue

A judge Tuesday allowed a class-action case to proceed against Apple and six publishing houses alleging a price-fixing scheme for electronic books, citing “ample” indications of a conspiracy. The suit, file last August, is separate from a US government complaint last month which makes similar allegations, that Apple colluded with…

Soap maker David Bronner: Hemp ban highlights absurdity of drug war

David Bronner, the maker of organic “Magic Soap,” on Tuesday blasted the ban on industrial hemp in the United States. “In our soap, hemp oil is a super fatty ingredient,” he explained to Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman. “It contains an unparalleled content of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are—omega-3…

House Speaker Boehner gears up for end-of-the-year budget fight

House Speaker John Boehner fired the opening shot Tuesday in a new potential fight with Democrats over the US debt ceiling, which is scheduled for an increase at the end of this year. But Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warned Boehner against setting up a debt limit showdown, saying the potential…

Four NATO protesters arrested in Chicago

Four NATO protesters were arrested Tuesday at a rally outside a Chicago immigration court ahead of a weekend summit that will bring dozens of world leaders to the Windy City, police said. Television crews captured protesters confronting police on bicycles positioned outside the building and chanting “this is what democracy…

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