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Arizona Republicans lash out at Democrats to defend tax loophole for corporate jets

Arizona Democratic Party Chairman Andrei Cherny riled the feathers of the state’s Republican Party by suggesting that those who can afford corporate jets should have to make sacrifices, not just seniors and middle-class families. “What (President Barack Obama) is saying is (that) we need a balanced approach, and if we…

White House officials ‘rickroll’ Twitter critic

WASHINGTON — Tensions may be high in Washington amid a stalemate in talks to raise the US debt ceiling but the White House is keeping a sense of humor. White House officials were replying to questions on Twitter on Wednesday when a Tennessee man named David Wiggs complained that the…

Radio ad urges Iowans to write in Rick Perry on Ames Straw Poll

A political action committee founded by former New York Senate candidate David Malpass is running radio advertisements in Iowa urging people to write in Texas Governor Rick Perry’s name on the Ames Straw Poll ballot, according to the Des Moines Register. Politico reported that Iowa Republican leaders left Perry and…

ACLU plans ‘Family, Faith and Freedom’ event to counter Gov. Perry’s prayer rally

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas announced Wednesday they would be partnering with Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) to host an alternative to Texas Governor Rick Perry’s prayer rally in Houston. “Gov. Perry’s decision to sponsor a ‘Christians-only’ prayer rally is bad enough. That…

Rep. King warns Al-Shebab ‘a growing threat’ to U.S.

WASHINGTON — The Somalia-based Shebab terror group linked to Al-Qaeda is actively recruiting Muslim Americans for terror strikes on the United States, a US lawmaker warned Wednesday. “We must face the reality that Al-Shebab is a growing threat to our homeland,” said Republican Representative Peter King, chairman of the House…

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit blocking stem cell funding

WASHINGTON — In a victory for the President Barack Obama administration, a US federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit that had temporarily blocked federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Judge Royce Lamberth’s summary judgment followed an appeals court decision in April that also ruled against the plaintiffs, two…

Obama to unveil new car fuel efficiency standards

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama will later this week unveil new fuel efficiency standards for passenger cars and light trucks for the 2017-2025 period, the White House said Wednesday. The program will build on initiatives unveiled in May 2009 that were aimed at both increasing gas mileage and decreasing…

Democratic lawmakers reintroduce Access to Birth Control Act

Two Democratic lawmakers have reintroduced a bill that would prevent pharmacies from denying birth control based on religious beliefs. Sen Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) Tuesday introduced the Access to Birth Control (ABC) Act in the House and Senate, a week after the Institute of Medicine…

McCain uses ‘Lord of the Rings’ to make fun of tea party

Amid a speech on Washington’s self-inflicted debt crisis, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Wednesday that the tea party’s political strategy is essentially bogus and plays into Democrats’ hands, and urged tea party Republicans to support House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to extend the debt limit for another nine months. Describing…

Groups praise Obama admin. decision to reconsider homosexual blood ban

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said this week that it would review its decades-old policy of banning blood donations from homosexual and bisexual men, drawing praise from advocacy groups which call the prohibition discriminatory and lacking in scientific basis. The ban was introduced in 1983, at…

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