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Study: Nearly 1 in 5 women are victims of sexual assault

A study released Wednesday found that sexual assault and violence against women is much more common in the U.S. than many experts believed. Nearly one in five women have been reported being sexually assaulted in their lifetimes, and one in four say they’ve been hit, kicked or experienced violence at…

Vermont fraternity asks members who they want to rape

The University of Vermont has temporarily suspended the fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon after one their members sent out a survey asking his brothers who they would like to rape. Sigma Phi Epsilon — or SigEp — was already on probation for alcohol abuses, but this latest incident prompted university authorities…

Affordable Care Act gives 2.5 million young adults coverage

Defenders of the Affordable Care Act received good news Wednesday morning. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 2.5 million young adults received health insurance, thanks to a provision in the laws which allows people under 26-years-old to stay on their parents’ insurance. The percentage of 19 to 25-year-olds…

Santorum: Obama ‘doesn’t deserve credit’ for getting bin Laden

GOP hopeful Rick Santorum says that a lot of people deserve credit for the death of Osama bin Laden — but President Barack Obama isn’t one of them. In recent weeks, Santorum had called Obama’s foreign policy “pathetic” and accused the president of doing “nothing but appease the Iranians.” “Ask…

Holder promises close inspection of so-called ‘voter fraud’ measures

At a time when many Republican-run states are making it harder for people to vote, Attorney General Eric Holder is planning to break up their game. “The reality is that – in jurisdictions across the country – both overt and subtle forms of discrimination remain all too common,” he said…

Chuck E. Cheese’s fined for child labor law violations

Nine Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurants — known for their motto “where a kid can be a kid” — have been fined by the U.S. Department of Labor for allowing young workers to operate dangerous equipment, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Nine Bay Area branches were fined a total of…

Poll: Ron Paul only 1 point behind Gingrich in Iowa

WASHINGTON — Former House speaker Newt Gingrich’s commanding lead among Republican presidential hopefuls in Iowa has eroded dramatically in the past week, a poll in the key state out Tuesday shows. Gingrich tops the survey with 22 percent support, just slightly ahead of Congressman Ron Paul who has 21 percent,…

New state laws threaten U.S. voting rights: Holder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder is venturing deeper into a political thicket over how individual states run elections, saying discrimination based on race or ethnicity still prevents people from voting. Holder, the chief U.S. law enforcement official, is addressing the issue on the eve of an election year.…

House passes Republican payroll tax cut plan

WASHINGTON — Defying a White House veto threat, the US House of Representatives voted Tuesday to tie a payroll tax cut extension to the swift approval of the controversial “Keystone XL” US-Canada oil pipeline. US President Barack Obama’s Republican foes used their majority to muscle the bill to passage in…

Congress keeps sodomy ban in defense bill

The House-Senate conference committee has kept the military’s current policy on sodomy in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012. In a move that riled some social conservatives, the Senate version of the legislation repealed Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which prohibits “unnatural…

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