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Supreme Court set for key health overhaul hearing

Amid anticipation akin to a major sports event, the US Supreme Court begins hearing arguments Monday on President Barack Obama’s landmark health reform, a case with huge implications for the nation and 2012 elections. The nine justices of America’s highest court meet for an unprecedented three days of arguments on different aspects of…

Obama warns nuclear terrorism still a major threat

US President Barack Obama warned on Monday that nuclear terrorism remained one of the world’s biggest threats, as he called for greater urgency in safeguarding the world’s atomic stockpiles. In a speech hours before the opening of a nuclear security summit in South Korea, Obama said major progress had been…

Solicitor General warns of ‘grave’ consequences if Supreme Court overturns health reform

Neal Katyal, who as acting US Solicitor General defended the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s flagship health reform in lower courts, has warned in an interview with AFP of “grave” and “profound” consequences if the Supreme Court accepts a challenge to the law. Q:) Experts say that this Supreme Court…

Higher state taxes on the rich won’t drive them out: study

The threat that wealthy people will simply pull up stakes and move if their taxes are raised has often been deployed in an effort to prevent states from doing just that. However, a new paper (pdf) suggests that the threat has been greatly exaggerated. The study, by Universeity of Massachusetts…

Two ninjas rob medical marijuana from driver

A man delivering medical marijuana in West Covina, California claimed that two ninjas attacked and robbed him Friday evening, according to The San Gabriel Valley. West Covina Police Lieutenant Alan Henley described what the man told authorities. “As he was going back to his vehicle, he was approached by two…

Attorney: Zimmerman used ‘term of endearment’ before killing Trayvon Martin

A friend of the self-appointed neighborhood watch leader who killed an unarmed black Florida teen says that reports that his pal uttered a racial slur before the slaying are simply wrong. After reviewing a 911 call George Zimmerman made before gunning down Trayvon Martin, many believe they hear the shooter…

Obama’s disbelief after staring into North Korea

DEMILITARISED ZONE, South Korea — After squinting through binoculars into a nation frozen in time, US President Barack Obama reeled off a contempt-laden and startlingly frank indictment of North Korea. The Stalinist remnant of the Cold War was, in Obama’s eyes, nothing but a nation which cannot make “anything of…

Lindsey Graham: ‘Primary is over; Romney will be the nominee’

Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday declared that the GOP presidential primary was effectively over and called for his party to united behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. “I think that the primary is over,” Graham told CNN’s Candy Crowley. “Romney will be the nominee. Fiscal and social…

Fmr. Bush strategist: Conservative Christians passing un-Christian gun laws

Matthew Dowd, President George W. Bush’s former chief strategist, on Sunday observed that the same conservative legislatures and governors who are championing so-called Christian values like prayer in schools are also pushing for dangerous gun laws that are counter to Christian teachings. During a panel on ABC, “Nightline” anchor Terry…

Plouffe: Romney the ‘godfather’ of Obama health reforms

White House senior adviser David Plouffe is making the most direct attempt yet to tie Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to President Barack Obama’s health care reforms by referring to him the “godfather” of the law. Speaking to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Plouffe dismissed low approval ratings for the…

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