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Lobbyists ‘intimidate’ congressional staff after Citizens United decision

Some Democratic congressional staffers personally feel a need to respond differently to lobbyists in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, according to a recent survey. The Citizens United vs. FEC case overturned generations of U.S. campaign law that limited corporate donations and required the identity…

Navy reverses plan to allow same sex marriages on military bases

The Navy has rescinded a plan to allow chaplains to marry same sex couples on military bases. In an April 13 memorandum, Chief of Chaplains Rear Adm. Mark Tidd had said that same sex marriages would be permitted under certain circumstances once the ban on gays serving openly was lifted.…

Survivors re-traumatized by Peace Corps after reporting rapes

A group of former volunteers who were raped while working with the Peace Corps told Congress Wednesday that serious changes need to be made to the organization. The victims explained that in many cases, the way they were treated by the Peace Corps after reporting the assault was more traumatic…

Poll: Obama leads all 2012 Republicans by double digits

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama holds a comfortable lead over all 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls, according to a new poll taken days after the killing of Osama bin Laden. The president holds double-digit advantages over each of his potential 2012 challengers, a Reuters-Ipsos survey found Wednesday. Former governors Mike Huckabee…

NPR joins AP in demanding visual proof of Osama bin Laden’s death

Shortly after the White House announced that it had conducted an operation that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, news organizations began clammoring for visual proof. The Associated Press, Politico and Fox News were among them, along with a host of advocacy groups. Yesterday, National Public Radio (NPR) said it…

Facing long odds, Democrats reintroduce DREAM Act

WASHINGTON – Top Senate Democrats on Wednesday reintroduced the DREAM Act, a proposal that would grant legal status to children of unauthorized immigrants if they attend college or join the military and show strong moral character. The measure was unveiled on one day after President Barack Obama gave a major…

Obama approval rockets to 60% as majority says he deserves reelection

A new poll by The Associated Press has found that a full 60 percent of Americans say they approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing — his highest rating in two years. Poll figures showed that the president has improved dramatically in the minds of most voters across…

Mississippi River crests near record at Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Reuters) – The Mississippi River was cresting at Memphis on Tuesday just inches below the all-time record as the swollen wall of water moved south toward the Gulf of Mexico. The level of the largest river in North America may have reached its peak at 47.87 feet on…

New York’s Gov. Cuomo drives same-sex marriage debate

ALBANY, New York (Reuters) – In a push to legalize same-sex marriage, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has emerged as a closed-door strategist, allowing gay rights groups to own the public campaign and also the loss that could result if legislation fails this year. Cuomo, a Democrat in his first year in…

Sen. Kerry to travel to Pakistan in attempt to mend ties

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Amid tensions between the United States and Pakistan over the killing of Osama bin Laden, a top US senator said Tuesday he will visit Islamabad seeking to mend ties and answer troubling questions. US Senator John Kerry said he hoped to resolve some of the puzzles raised…

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