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Dem. Reps and Common Cause file suit to rule filibuster unconstitutional

The nonprofit citizens’ advocacy group Common Cause, a coalition of Democratic congressmen and a group of students are jointly filing suit in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. to declare that the Senate’s filibuster rule is unconstitutional and “violates the core American principal of majority rule,” according to a…

Wisconsin Dem official: The DNC will help us financially against Walker

The criticism from one anonymous Wisconsin Democratic official of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) not financially investing enough into the recall election against Governor Scott Walker (R) is not felt by another inside party figure Tuesday afternoon, in an exclusive interview with The Raw Story. In an exclusive interview with…

Third-party group Americans Elect could ask Ron Paul to split GOP

The third-party upstart group Americans Elect held its first online nominating election recently, but it failed to produce a candidate because not enough people voted. The nonprofit group’s rules stipulate that a candidate must receive at least 10,000 online delegates, and at least 1,000 from 10 different states, in order…

Breakthrough surgery restores hand function to paralyzed patient

For the first time, US surgeons have used a new type of operation called nerve transfer to restore hand function in a patient who was paralyzed by a neck injury, said a study published Tuesday. The breakthrough surgery worked by taking a non-functional nerve that controls pinching the forefinger and…

Cancer deaths among UK 50-somethings drop to lowest level in 40 years

Deaths from cancer among 50-somethings have fallen to their lowest level in 40 years, thanks to better diagnosis, fewer people smoking and new drugs improving patients’ chances of survival. In 1971 over 21,300 people in the UK aged between 50 and 59 died of cancer, but in 2010 a total…

Police arrest at least five student protesters in Quebec

Riot police used teargas to disperse some 100 students and parents blocking the entrance of a college north of Montreal on Tuesday, as a student strike in Canada’s Quebec province entered a 14th week. Authorities also arrested at least five protesters after a tense standoff at College Lionel-Groulx in Sainte-Therese,…

Facebook raises public offering price after being ‘swamped’ with requests

Facebook has raised its initial public offering price to between $34 and $38 a share after being “swamped” with requests, confounding sceptics who say the social network is overvalued. The new price range is comfortably above the previous guide of $28 to $35, and confirms Facebook’s place in the history…

Pat Robertson: ‘The union of two men’ brings ‘disease and suffering’

TV preacher Pat Robertson is blasting President Barack Obama as a “shameless panderer” for his support of equal marriage rights for same sex couples. Appearing on ABC’s The View on Tuesday, Obama spoke about his opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which imposes a federal ban on same…

Sen. Bernie Sanders holds hearing to announce $3 billion AIDS drug prize

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) held a public hearing today to call for the end of legal monopolies on HIV/AIDS drugs and to introduce Senate bill 1138, which includes a $3 billion prize program for the discovery of new HIV/AIDS treatments, according to a press release from Sen. Sanders’s office. The…

DOJ launches probe into JP Morgan Chase’s $2 billion loss

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Tuesday afternoon that it will launch an investigation into JP Morgan Chase’s $2 billion derivatives trading loss, according to a law enforcement official. The official, who according to Reuters spoke on the condition of anonymity since the decision was originally private, said the investigation…

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