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Idaho kills forced ultrasound bill

Idaho’s controversial forced ultrasound bill was killed Tuesday evening after a House committee chairman declined to hold a hearing on the bill, just days after its Senate passed the legislation. According to The Spokesman-Review, House State Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher (R) felt that the bill could lead to a…

Arlen Specter: Mitt Romney changes positions more than a porn star

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter (D) on Wednesday compared Mitt Romney to an actress in pornographic films because he had shifted position so often throughout his political career. “The Republican Party has moved so far to the right, you can’t recognize Mitt Romney,” Specter told MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski. “What Mitt…

U.S. generals to hold first Pakistan talks for months

Visiting US generals will Wednesday hold the first talks in months with Pakistan’s army chief in a further sign that the troubled alliance between the two countries is getting back on track. The visit by General James Mattis, the head of US Central Command, and General John Allen, the US commander of NATOtroops in Afghanistan,…

U.S. acted to conceal evidence of intelligence failure before 9/11: UK

Operation Foxden, delayed by turf war between the FBI and the CIA, given green light three days before the al-Qaida attacks. The US government shut down a series of court cases arising from a multimillion pound business dispute in order to conceal evidence of a damning intelligence failure shortly before…

New York Assembly’s election panel approves bill to condemn Citizens United ruling

The New York Assembly’s Election Law Committee on Tuesday approved a resolution to call upon the United States Congress send to the states for ratification a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The resolution was introduced by Assemblyman James Brennan (D). It mirrors a similar resolution…

Trayvon Martin’s father tells Congress: We’ll continue to fight for justice

WASHINGTON — The parents of an unarmed black Florida teenager killed a month ago by a neighborhood watch guard on Tuesday vowed to fight for justice for their son as they took their case to Capitol Hill. The death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin — who was fatally shot by a…

Panetta says polls cannot dictate Afghan war plans

OTTAWA — US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday a poll showing a big drop in public support for the war in Afghanistan would not alter Washington’s strategy, or efforts to battle Al-Qaeda. “We cannot fight wars by polls — if we do that, we’re in deep trouble. We have…

Travelers should brace for steeper airfares: Industry experts

WASHINGTON — Holidaymakers planning a getaway in the next few months should expect higher airfares, industry experts warned Tuesday, but airlines passing on higher fuel costs may be just the tip of the iceberg. Pricier flights are starting to feel like a pre-summer tradition — as common as buying sunscreen…

House Democrats call on Boehner to stop defending DOMA at taxpayer expense

House Democrats on Monday questioned why House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was continuing to provide legal defense for the Defense of Marriage Act even though a federal court had declared a provision of the law unconstitutional. “[W]e have long believed that DOMA is unconstitutional,” wrote Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Barney…

Retired Gen. Wesley Clark accuses Romney of ‘rehashing Cold War fears’

Former Democratic presidential candidate and retired Gen. Wesley Clark on Tuesday blasted Mitt Romney for claiming that Russia was the “number one geopolitical foe” of the United States. “Surely one lesson of the 21st Century is that America’s security in the world depends on making more friends and fewer enemies,”…

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