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U.S. appeals court says sex offenders have right to libraries

DENVER (Reuters) – A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that a policy barring registered sex offenders from public libraries in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was unconstitutional, a decision that could have reverberations across the nation. “The First Amendment includes a fundamental right to receive information,” a three-judge panel of the…

Congress reaches deal to fund FAA

Republican and Democratic leaders in the US Congress reached a deal for the long-term funding of the Federal Aviation Administration, Senate majority leader Harry Reid said in a statement. “I am pleased that we were able to resolve the major obstacles to an agreement in a manner that protects American…

Gingrich eyes upset in key South Carolina vote

South Carolina voters head to the polls in their pivotal Republican presidential primary on Saturday, as surging Newt Gingrich eyed an upset win that could turn the race upside-down. If the former House speaker defeats longtime frontrunner Mitt Romney, it could rekindle doubts about whether the more moderate former Massachusetts…

Congress may have power to approve Keystone pipeline on its own

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Congress has the constitutional right to legislate permits for cross-border oil pipelines like TransCanada’s Keystone XL, according to a new legal analysis released late on Friday. The study by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service could give a boost to Republicans drafting legislation to overturn a decision…

Romney trying hard to lower expectations in South Carolina

GILBERT, South Carolina (Reuters) – With the crucial Republican presidential primary in South Carolina just hours away, front-runner Mitt Romney on Friday lowered expectations for how well he will do and acknowledged he is in a neck-and-neck race with Newt Gingrich. “Speaker Gingrich is from a neighboring state, well-known, popular…

CIA collaboration with New York Police Department was never legally approved

The top lawyer at the CIA never approved sending one of its officers to help the New York Police Department create a domestic spying program, raising the possibility that the agency may have violated a ban on domestic spying. Last August, the Associated Press reported that the CIA had violated…

Official in botched ‘Fast and Furious’ gun program refuses to testify

WASHINGTON — A US Justice Department employee considered a key figure in a botched US program to track guns into Mexico has refused to testify to Congress, claiming a constitutional right. Patrick Cunningham, head of the criminal division of the Arizona state Attorney General’s office, said he would invoke his…

Dashcam catches cop beating 66-year-old man suffering from dementia

Technicians in Florida have recovered dashcam video of a Melbourne police officer beating a 66-year-old man who suffers from dementia even though the officer deliberately tried to disable the recording. An attorney for beating victim Albert Flowers told Florida Today that his client was prepared to sue the city of…

Small business coalition calls for overthrow of Citizens United

A recent survey of small business owners, carried out by the American Sustainable Business Council, found that most of those polled believe the influx of private money into public elections is a bad thing, and that the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United must be overturned. The poll (PDF) revealed that 66…

Cain sings, quotes Pokémon to rally Colbert supporters

Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert and former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain joined forces on Friday at a rally in Charleston, South Carolina. During the “Rock Me Like a Herman Cain South Cain-Olina Primary Rally,” Colbert urged attendees to support him by casting their vote for Cain in Saturday’s Republican primary.…

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