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U.N. to investigate plight of Native Americans for first time

The UN is to conduct an investigation into the plight of US Native Americans, the first such mission in its history. The human rights inquiry led by James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on indigenous peoples, is scheduled to begin on Monday. Many of the country’s estimated 2.7 million Native…

Axelrod: Tea party ‘reign of terror’ blocked immigration reform

Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod on Sunday explained that President Barack Obama had not accomplished comprehensive immigration reform because the tea party had driven mainstream Republicans so far to the right. “I think a lot of Republicans in Congress want to cooperate, know better — but they’re in the thralls…

Afghanistan, U.S. ‘finalize draft post-2014 deal’

KABUL — Afghan and US officials have finalised the initial draft of a strategic partnership agreement that will govern relations between Kabul and Washington after 2014, a presidential statement said Sunday. “The draft agreement on Afghanistan and US long-term partnership was finalised and initialed on Sunday in Kabul by the…

Group challenges tax-exempt status of bishop who compared Obama to Hitler, Stalin

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has filed a complaint with the IRS concerning a Catholic bishop who sparked outrage by comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria said the President was “intent on following…

Mitch Daniels: Romney doesn’t need strategy for women, Latinos

Republican Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is dismissing the idea that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney needs a specific plan to win over women and Latino voters. During a Sunday interview, Fox News host Chris Wallace noted that President Barack Obama had a significant lead among women, Hispanics and low-income…

Lieberman: Hold Obama ‘accountable’ for Secret Service scandal

Independent Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman on Sunday insisted that President Barack Obama and the White House should be held accountable for a sex scandal within the Secret Service and for lavish spending at the General Services Administration (GSA). “It would be unfair to hold President Obama responsible for this outrageous…

Sen. Grassley: Boycott Coca-Cola for leaving ALEC

Sen. Chuck Grassley on Saturday suggested that people should boycott Coca-Cola because the company decided not to renew its membership with the influential American Legislative Exchange Council. “U might think abt not drinking Coca Cola since company sucombed to pressure fr Leftist not to support ALEC [sic],” the conservative senator…

Bloodshed won’t tighten U.S. gun laws: experts

The statistics are staggering, the stories heartbreaking, yet there is little chance that any amount of bloodshed will lead to stiffer gun controls in the United States in the foreseeable future. “It’s not something that any politician thinks is winnable,” said Kristin Goss, a politics professor at Duke University and…

Fracking brings boom, fears to rural U.S.

Underneath the ground in southwestern Pennsylvania, bedrock is put under explosive pressure to fracture and spill out its lucrative cache of natural gas. On the surface, though, the society is fracturing as the new gold rush fills pockets but also creates environmental and health concerns in this hardscrabble region once…

Staggering student debt the next financial crisis?

The cost of a US university degree has left people wide-eyed for decades but student debt has now mushroomed into a nightmare for Americans with potential to explode as the next major US financial crisis. Students at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, for instance, can typically expect to…

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