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North Carolina Republicans undo Racial Justice Act for death row inmates

North Carolina Republicans have sent a bill to Gov. Bev Perdue (D) that effectively voids a law that allowed death row inmates to have their punishment reduced to life in prison if statistics showed that they were sentenced to die because of racism. The governor vetoed a similar bill last…

Republican boldly fights to ban tiny horses from restaurants

A radical new injustice — tiny horses helping disabled people — is sweeping the nation thanks to the Obama administration, but the forces of evil may have finally met their match in Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who wants to amend the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ban the creatures from…

Justice Department sues fundamentalist Mormon sect for discrimination

Justice Department sues fundamentalist Mormon sect for discrimination) Hildale, Utah sits at the base of red rock cliff mountains with its sister city, Colorado City, Ariz. in the foreground. Most residents are members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) run by the group’s jailed leader…

Political ‘dysfunction’ threatens U.S. security: Panetta

The “dysfunction” in the US Congress, where Republicans and Democrats have failed to compromise on debt reduction, threatens US national security, according to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. “One my greatest concerns as secretary is the dysfunction that we see in Washington,” he said late Thursday at a ceremony in which…

Senate passes huge farm bill, House vote looms

WASHINGTON — The US Senate approved on Thursday a five-year, $500 billion farm bill that’s being described as the most significant agriculture reform in a generation, but it faces an uncertain fate in the House of Representatives. The bill, which sets funding for agriculture and nutrition programs over the next…

Romney lays out immigration plan to ‘supersede’ Obama order

Mitt Romney dismissed as a “stop-gap” measure Barack Obama’s move last week to stop the deportation of 800,000 undocumented young people and pledged that he would implement a long-term solution to immigration reform. Romney was speaking at a convention of National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials on Thursday,…

Senate rejects bid to label genetically modified food

The Senate on Thursday rejected an amendment to the farm bill that would have given states the power to require labels on genetically modified food. “This is the very first time a bill on labeling genetically engineered food has been brought before the Senate,” said Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I),…

Pelosi: Attacking Holder part of GOP voter suppression plan

WASHINGTON — The top US House Democrat warned Thursday that Republican lawmakers were “frivolously” going after Attorney General Eric Holder in a bid to suppress votes ahead of November’s general election. A House panel voted along party lines Wednesday to hold Holder in contempt for failing to turn over documents…

Dow falls over 250 points on growth fears

NEW YORK — US stocks slid sharply Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average sinking two percent, as disappointing economic data from China and Europe followed the Federal Reserve’s slashing its growth forecast for the United States. Tech stocks fell broadly, with Microsoft’s 2.6 percent loss helping pull the Nasdaq…

‘Strong chance’ lawsuit against Crossroads GPS will prevail — after November

On Tuesday, a lawyer for President Barack Obama filed a compliant with the Federal Elections Commission over Karl Rove’s organization, Crossroads GPS. Robert Bauer, the Obama campaign’s chief counsel, claimed the organization was unlawfully hiding its donors from the public by masquerading as a “social welfare” organization. Legal action against…

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