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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul: ‘Right to health care’ is slavery

Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul said during a Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing Wednesday that those who believe in a right to health care actually believe in slavery. “With regard to the idea of whether you have a right to health care, you have realize what that implies,”…

Some Members of Congress to see bin Laden photos

WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency this week plans to show some lawmakers photos of a deceased Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who was killed May 2 in a daring US raid, officials said. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence committee, was to go to CIA…

Shareholders bash Bank of America management

NEW YORK — Shareholders and home loan customers ran roughshod over Bank of America’s management Wednesday, as its chief executive said it was still struggling with its mortgage portfolio in a deeply troubled housing market. “We are a much stronger company than last year,” CEO Brian Moynihan said at the…

Comcast-NBC hires FCC commissioner who voted for NBC merger

Meredith Attwell Baker, one of the two Republican Commissioners at the Federal Communications Commission, is planning to resign and become a lobbyist for the cable giant Comcast-NBC Universal. Just four months after voting to approve the the controversial merger of Comcast and NBC, Baker announced Wednesday she will become senior…

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The Navy has rescinded a plan to allow chaplains to marry same sex couples on military bases.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…

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