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Romney striding toward nomination amid pitfalls

With a victory in Florida’s key primary within striking distance, Mitt Romney can look ahead to a favorable series of contests, but with rival Newt Gingrich wounded and angry, the path is replete with pitfalls. A commanding lead in Florida’s polls could mean Romney exiting the Sunshine State with the aura of the presumptive…

U.S. using ‘latest tools’ for cybersecurity: Napolitano

WASHINGTON — US officials are deploying “the latest tools” to keep cyberspace safe for commerce and protect the US information infrastructure, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said. Napolitano, speaking at the National Press Club, emphasized that homeland security and US economic security “go hand in hand.” “Cyberspace is an increasingly…

Occupy DC defies ban, hoists ‘tent of dreams’

Occupy DC protesters defied a threatened police clampdown on their tent colony Monday, pitching a massive “tent of dreams” in the park near the White House they took over four months ago. With several hundred cheering supporters looking on, but no police in sight, they hoisted a deep-blue tarpaulin over…

West Virginia sheriff falsified ballots in close election

CHARLESTON, W.V. (Reuters) – A West Virginia sheriff pleaded guilty to voter fraud in the state’s 2010 primary election including illegally filling in some absentee ballots out of fear he might lose a close election, authorities said on Monday. Lincoln County, West Virginia Sheriff Jerry Bowman admitted falsifying absentee ballots…

Senate advances STOCK Act to end congressional insider trading

The Senate voted Monday to begin debate on legislation that prohibits lawmakers and their staff from trading stocks based on information they learn during congressional briefings and related work. In a rare show of bipartisan support, the Senate advance the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, or STOCK Act by…

Virginia lawmaker tries to attach rectal exam provision to anti-abortion bill

Virginia state Sen. Janet Howell (D) thinks that if the government is going to force women to undergo medically unnecessary tests, then it is only fair to apply the same standards to men. Republican lawmakers are pushing for legislation that would require pregnant women to have an ultrasound before terminating…

Obama’s YouTube Q&A ignores top-voted marijuana question

President Barack Obama was not asked a question about marijuana legalization during his “Your Interview With the President” event Monday, despite the fact that it was the most popular one asked. As part of the White House’s ongoing social media engagement initiatives, Americans were given the chance to submit questions…

‘Socialist’ Obama has conservatives seeing red

TAMPA, Florida — A casual observer on the Republican campaign trail could be forgiven for thinking President Barack Obama has traded in his American flag lapel pin for one with a hammer and sickle. To some rightwing Republicans the US leader is a rabid socialist, to others, he’s a card-carrying…

Rep. Markey proposes cell phone privacy bill

On Monday, Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) released a draft of The Mobile Device Privacy Act, legislation that would prohibit companies from installing monitoring software on mobile devices without the user’s knowledge or consent. “Consumers have the right to know and to say no to the presence of software on their…

Hershey’s targeted in Super Bowl ad for alleged African child-slave labor

The International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) plans to use the Super Bowl in Indianapolis this year to pressure Hershey’s into taking action over forced labor practices that continue to plague the West African cocoa industry. The ad, titled “Hershey’s Chocolate: Kissed by Child Labor,” will appear on a jumbotron screen…

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