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House passes bill against congressional insider trading

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed on Thursday a bill to curb insider trading by lawmakers and other government officials, despite objections from both Democrats and Republicans that it was weaker than a version passed by the Senate last week. The House voted 417-2 to pass the…

Archbishop Dolan says Obama gave him ‘promises’ on birth control

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Timothy Dolan, a senior U.S. Roman Catholic leader, said on Thursday President Barack Obama “gave me promises” during a White House meeting in November as Dolan pressed the Church’s criticism of a new Obama administration rule requiring health insurance plans to cover birth control. Dolan, the archbishop…

Obama grants 10 states exemptions on ‘No Child Left Behind’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday he was granting 10 U.S. states exemptions from parts of the “No Child Left Behind” education law, a move that could prove popular in an election year with parents and teachers who have criticized the law. “After waiting far too long…

Campaign fashion at the front line of winning votes

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The policies of U.S. President Barack Obama and his potential Republican rivals differ, but when it comes to campaign trail fashion they could not be more alike with their style at the frontline of winning votes. Whether it’s rolled-up sleeves, or a checked shirt with no…

Santorum: Obama leading Christians to the ‘guillotine’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum warned on Wednesday that President Barack Obama and other liberals are leading people of faith down a path that ends at the guillotine. During a campaign event in Plano, Texas, the candidate charged Obama had an “overt hostility to faith.” “When you look and see…

New Hampshire Republican proposes end to lunch break law

A Republican State Representative in New Hampshire has found a way to create a new front in the war on workers, proposing a bill that would repeal the state’s law requiring that workers get a 30-minute lunch break after five hours of labor. State Rep. J.R. Hoell (R), a supporter…

Military to ease restrictions on women in combat

The US military on Thursday will ease some restrictions on women in combat, opening up thousands of jobs that had been off-limits to female soldiers, defense officials said. The move marks a milestone for the American military, which has lifted prohibitions on women’s roles since the 1970s in incremental steps.…

Suit seeks to make ‘morning-after pill’ available to girls

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Reproductive rights advocates on Wednesday asked a federal judge in Brooklyn to make the “morning-after pill” immediately available to girls of all ages without a prescription. The move by a coalition headed by the Center for Reproductive Rights attempts to override a decision by U.S. Secretary…

Romanian man charged with hacking NASA computers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Romanian man accused of hacking into NASA computers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Los Angeles under the online moniker “Iceman” has been indicted on a federal charge, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Robert Butyka is charged with hacking into 25 NASA computers at JPL in…

Colorado student charged in ‘glitter bomb’ of Romney

DENVER (Reuters) – A Colorado student faced misdemeanor charges on Wednesday for flinging glitter toward Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney in an increasingly frequent protest act some commentators say should be subject to prosecution. The practice of “glitter bombing” has mainly been the domain of gay rights activists targeting Republican…

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