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Mark Sanford defeats Elizabeth Colbert Busch in South Carolina special election

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) completed a political comeback on Tuesday by defeating his Democratic opponent Elizabeth Colbert Busch. The Associated Press projected Sanford to be the winner of the special election for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. In his acceptance speech, Sanford acknowledged “God’s role in all…

Obama vows ‘no tolerance’ for military sexual assault

US President Barack Obama sharply warned Tuesday there would be “no tolerance” for the “outrage” of sexual violence in the military, and said those guilty of such crimes had betrayed their uniform. Obama said he stood squarely behind victims of sexual assault in the military and called on the Pentagon…

New Jersey governor Chris Christie confirms weight loss surgery

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a rising star in the Republican party touted as a possible presidential contender in 2016, confirmed Tuesday he had undergone weight loss surgery. The politician — who has received negative press over his weight — said he had had a gastric band implanted three months…

James Holmes to plead not guilty by reason of insanity

The man accused of killing 12 people in a crowded US cinema last year, James Holmes, plans to plead not guilty by reason of insanity, according to court documents filed Tuesday by his attorneys. Holmes is accused over the July 20 massacre at a midnight screening of the Batman movie…

Treasury Secretary: Deficit reduction is not an economic policy

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Tuesday that reducing the nation’s deficit should not overshadow the need to boost economic growth and job creation. “Important as the deficit is, it cannot be our guiding star. Deficit reduction alone is not an economic policy,” Lew said in a speech in Cleveland,…

U.S. Appeals Court strikes down labor board’s ‘poster rule’

A three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. on Tuesday struck down National Labor Relations Board regulations that required workplaces to display a poster about worker’s federal rights. The NRLB issued new regulations in 2011 that required companies to inform employees about their rights to unionize…

Sen. Leahy pushes for LGBT equality in comprehensive immigration bill

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced Tuesday that he planned to file an amendments to the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill that would expand the rights of LGBT individuals. “For immigration reform to be truly comprehensive, it must include protections for all families,” he said in a statement. “We must end the…

Delaware becomes eleventh state to legalize same-sex marriage

Delaware on Tuesday became the eleventh state to embrace marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. The state Senate passed the freedom to marry legislation by a 12-9 vote Tuesday morning. Democratic Gov. Jack Markell later signed the bill into law, tweeting “marriage equality is a reality in” the state.…

Dennis Rodman pleads with Kim Jong-Un to release American sentenced to 15 years

Basketball hall-of-famer Dennis Rodman, who forged an unlikely friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on a recent trip, appealed Tuesday for the freedom of an American sentenced to 15 years. “I’m calling on the Supreme Leader of North Korea or as I call him ‘Kim’, to do me a…

Obama says U.S. has moral obligation to stop slaughter in Syria but needs evidence

US President Barack Obama said Tuesday he had both a moral and a national security obligation to stop the slaughter in Syria, but warned he could not just act on a “hope and a prayer.” Obama defended his government’s actions in sending large quantities of humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees,…

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