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Monsanto threatens legal action over Vermont GMO labeling bill

If lawmakers in Vermont decide to require all genetically modified food be labeled as such, they could be facing a major lawsuit from one of the most hated companies in the world. A representative of Missouri-based food giant Monsanto, which has in its history filed hundreds of lawsuits over use…

One Dem candidate calls another a ‘whore’ for AIPAC during live debate

Things got heated during a Democratic primary debate for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut on Thursday when one candidate told another that he was “whore” over his support of a pro-Israel lobbying group. “I’m appalled that when I talk about the neoconservatives somehow it’s twisted to be some sort of…

Unexpected drop in U.S. unemployment

US unemployment dropped unexpectedly to 8.2 percent in March, the lowest rate in more than three years, despite a mixed picture on hiring and apparent weakness in the retail sector. Despite the positive headline number, the Labor Department reported that the number of unemployed workers hovered close to 13 million…

25% rise in homicides linked to weak gun control laws: analysis

Guardian analysis finds 25% rise in justifiable homicides, and casts doubt on claim of a link to stand-your-ground laws alone. Rising numbers of civilian justifiable homicides across the US are closely linked to states with both weak gun controls and stand-your-ground laws, according to a Guardian analysis of FBI and…

Obama team slams Romney over financial records

US President Barack Obama’s camp accused Republican Mitt Romney of hiding his finances in a “black box” following a report he used an ethics loophole to avoid offering details of some earnings. The Washington Post report unleashed a new spat between the president’s campaign aides and Romney, the most likely…

Obama to hold forum on women and the economy

US President Barack Obama hosts a forum Friday on women and the economy, as aides warn of a “devastating” impact on the key voting bloc if the Supreme Court overturns his health care law. The White House said the forum would “examine the ways in which the administration has worked…

Obama hosts screening of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama hosted a screening of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a classic tale of racial injustice, at the White House on Thursday, ahead of a 50th anniversary television screening. Obama showed the movie, which is based on the classic novel about Great Depression-era Alabama by Harper…

Phyllis Schlafly: Don’t date feminists

Conservative political activist Phyllis Schlafly on Thursday had some advice for the students at The Citadel college in South Carolina: stay away from feminists. While giving a lecture entitled “Conservative Intellectual Tradition in America,” the 87-year-old Schlafly told the all-male audience that “feminist is a bad word and everything they…

CIA agent indicted for leaking secrets to journalists

WASHINGTON — A former CIA officer was indicted Thursday on charges of leaking secrets to journalists, including the name of a covert agent and the role of another CIA employee in classified operations. John Kiriakou, who had previously revealed the CIA’s use of waterboarding of Al-Qaeda suspects, was charged in…

Holder delivers three-page letter to judge over Obama comments

Judge had asked for confirmation that the Obama administration understands judicial review after comments on healthcare law The US attorney general, Eric Holder, has bowed to a federal judge’s demand that the Obama administration formally acknowledge the right of courts to strike down unconstitutional laws following the president’s admonishing of…

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