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House to warn Palestinians on UN statehood bid

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives closed ranks Wednesday to warn the Palestinians that they risk cuts in US aid if they pursue UN recognition of a future state not defined in direct talks with Israel. A resolution to that effect had 320 co-sponsors out of the often polarized…

Murder suspect planned to assassinate Obama

CHICAGO — An escaped convict allegedly murdered an elderly woman as part of a bizarre plot aimed at assassinating US President Barack Obama after a cross-country killing spree, court records showed. Maybelle Schein, 75, was discovered with her throat cut in the bedroom of her South Dakota home on Saturday…

Alleged Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan could face death penalty

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A US Army psychiatrist charged with the Fort Hood shooting rampage will face a military trial and a potential death sentence if he is found guilty, a top general said Wednesday. Major Nidal Hasan is accused of opening fire at the Texas army base on November…

White House defends secret detention of Somali terror suspect

WASHINGTON — The White House Wednesday defended the treatment of an alleged leader of Somalia’s Shebab Islamist insurgency who was interrogated for two months on a US warship, saying his detention was lawful. In the first known case of the secret detention of a terror suspect by the administration of…

Senate Armed Services Committee nixes ‘worldwide war’ legislation

The version of the National Defense Authorization Act recently passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee omitted a controversial provision that would have authorized the United States to use military force in any part of the world that was suspected to contain terrorists, including within the U.S. itself. According to…

#AskObama Twitter town hall ignores flood of marijuana legalization questions

Republicans were not the only ones flooding President Barack Obama with questions during his “#AskObama” Twitter town hall; the event also generated a huge response from those opposed to the war on drugs. Data gathered by TwitSprout showed the most retweeted question for Obama was about the legalization of marijuana.…

Karl Rove expects Gov. Rick Perry to join 2012 GOP presidential race

Former George W. Bush political aide Karl Rove said Wednesday that he believes Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry will run for president, The Hill reported. “I think you’re right that he’s going to run,” Rove said on the Fox Business Network. “This is a big state with nearly 24 million…

Appeal Court rules that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is unenforceable

A federal appeals court in San Francisco said that enforcement of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy banning gays from the military must be immediately halted, the Associated Press reported. Though the House and Senate both voted to repeal the controversial policy in December 2010, the Pentagon still must sign…

Gargantuan tempest spotted on Saturn

PARIS — Imagine being caught in a thunderstorm as wide as the Earth with discharges of lightning 10,000 times more powerful than normal, flashing 10 times per second at its peak. Now imagine that this storm is still unfolding, eight months later. One of the most violent weather events in…

Eric Cantor opens door to tax hikes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top Republican said on Wednesday his party could compromise on taxes as part of a broad budget deal as President Barack Obama warned the United States could spiral back into recession if Congress does not act soon. Ahead of a Thursday meeting with Obama, House of…

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