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Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes to run against Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell

By Tim Ghianni (Reuters) – U.S. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, will face a 2014 election challenge from popular Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. At a press conference on Monday in Frankfort, the state capital, Grimes announced her candidacy and said McConnell, who has represented…

Big U.S. corporations only pay one-third of tax rate: report

By Patrick Temple-West WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For U.S. corporations the top federal income tax rate is 35 percent, but large, profitable companies on average paid only about a third of that in 2010, a report by the investigative arm of Congress said on Monday. As corporate lobbyists seek to preserve…

Guantanamo lawyers file lawsuit over ‘grotesque’ forced-feeding of hunger strikers

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) – Lawyers for four Guantanamo prisoners are asking a U.S. federal judge to block the force-feeding of hunger strikers at the detention camp, arguing that it violates human rights and serves no military purpose. The lawsuit was filed on Sunday night in Washington and U.S.…

Egyptian army hands Morsi 48-hour ultimatum to share power

By Yasmine Saleh and Maggie Fick CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s armed forces handed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi a virtual ultimatum to share power on Monday, giving feuding politicians 48 hours to compromise or have the army impose its own road map for the country. A dramatic military statement broadcast on…

Dutch pension group halts Wal-Mart investments over low wages and working conditions

(Reuters) – Dutch pension administrator PGGM Vermogensbeheer B.V. said on Monday it would no longer invest in Wal-Mart Stores Inc , saying the retailer was not willing to discuss its concerns, including possible labor issues in the United States. Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, declined to comment. Wal-Mart “was not…

Activist found not guilty of vandalism for writing with chalk outside Bank of America

An anti-bank activist who faced more than a decade behind bars for using chalk to voice his protests against Bank of America was found not guilty of vandalism on Monday. A jury found Jeff Olson, 40, not guilty on all charges, according to NBC San Diego. Olson was charged with…

29 House Republicans propose constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage

Representative Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) and 28 other House Republicans have introduced a constitutional amendment to prohibit same-sex marriage nationwide. The proposed “Marriage Protection Amendment” to the U.S. Constitution would read, “Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution,…

Tree rings reveal El Niño linked to climate change

Tree rings reveal El Niño tied to recent global warming (via The Christian Science Monitor) Every seven years – or sometimes every two years, or maybe four years – El Niño turns a bucket of rainfall over eastern South America, sending floodwaters cascading over coastal Ecuador and typhoons spiraling into…

Dark money group lied to IRS about attacking Democratic House candidate

Shortly before Election Day last year, mailers went out to Texas voters featuring pictures of a Democratic congressional candidate and a rare species of spider, whose discovery had forced stoppage of an important highway construction project. “The same left-wing extremists who support Pete Gallego want more burdensome regulations that put…

Presidency: Mandela in ‘critical but stable’ condition

Nelson Mandela remains in a “critical but stable” condition, South Africa’s presidency said Monday, more than three weeks after the anti-apartheid hero was hospitalised with a recurring lung infection. In a statement, the presidency urged South Africans to begin planning for Mandela’s 95th birthday on July 18.…

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