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Colorado Republican rep. apologizes after saying Obama ‘not an American’

A Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado insisted he misspoke on Wednesday after telling supporters that he wasn’t sure where President Barack Obama was born but the president was “not an American.” Speaking to donors at the Elbert County Fairgrounds on May 12, Rep. Mike Coffman…

White births in U.S. no longer in majority: census

White births in the United States are no longer in the majority, according to US Census Bureau data made public Thursday. Minorities — Hispanics, blacks and Asians and other mixed races — accounted for 50.4 percent of births over a 12-month period to July 2011, marking a majority for the…

Senate rejects budgets by Obama, Republicans

WASHINGTON — The US Senate unanimously rejected President Barack Obama’s proposed 2013 budget Wednesday and shot down a series of Republican alternatives, assuring a prolonged election-year fiscal battle. The Democratic-controlled chamber has not adopted in three years a budget resolution, which lays out spending and revenue targets for the year…

Federal judge blocks indefinite detention provision of NDAA

A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of a controversial provision in last year’s National Defense Authorization Act regarding the detention of terrorism suspects. Last year, debate raged over the multi-billion dollar defense funding bill. Civil liberties advocates and others warned that provisions in the NDAA of 2012 could allow…

Poll: 74 percent want end to medical marijuana raids

Nearly three out of four Americans believe that the federal government should respect state laws regarding medical marijuana and halt raids on dispensaries, according to a poll released Wednesday. “These results are consistent with the clear and growing body of evidence that documents substantial voter support for the legalization of…

Sen. Leahy: House version of VAWA would ‘leave victims unprotected’

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who introduced the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act to the Senate, said Wednesday he was disappointed in House Republicans. The House voted 222-205 to pass the Republican version of reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Unlike the Senate version, which passed in April, the House…

Intel leaks like al Qaeda plot endanger lives: FBI chief

WASHINGTON — The FBI has launched a probe into leaks about a plot to blow up a US airliner, the agency’s chief Robert Mueller said Wednesday, warning such tip-offs endanger lives and may harm ties with allies. Mueller told US lawmakers he was hoping for any fallout from the leaks…

NATO protesters march in Chicago ahead of summit

CHICAGO — Protesters chanting “Fight! Fight! Fight! Housing is a human right!” marched in Chicago Wednesday using the upcoming NATO summit as an opportunity to draw attention to the US foreclosure crisis. Thousands of protesters are expected to descend upon Chicago as the leaders of 50 countries gather for a…

JPMorgan hit with shareholders lawsuit over loss

NEW YORK — US fund manager Saratoga Capital Management, filed a class-action lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase Wednesday after the nation’s largest bank lost more than $2 billion in derivatives trading. The suit accuses the bank; Jamie Dimon, chief executive and chairman; and Douglas Braunstein, chief financial officer, of fraudulently hiding…

D.C. to allow turbaned Sikh police

WASHINGTON — Washington’s police chief on Wednesday gave the green light for turbaned Sikhs to serve as officers, making the capital the first major US city to accommodate the religion’s articles of faith. The police department said that 4,000 officers have gone through cultural training to sensitize them to the…

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