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House GOP expected to defund state health insurance exchanges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. Congress are launching a fresh attack on the healthcare law by targeting grants to states for creating insurance exchanges, just as congressional budget analysts said on Thursday setting up the marketplaces may be delayed. Next week, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected…

Tornadoes leave 280 dead across the South

by Juan Castro Olivera Juan Castro Olivera TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (AFP) – Shocked Americans struggled Thursday to grasp the magnitude of the worst US tornadoes in decades, which carved a trail of destruction across the south, leaving 280 people dead and some communities virtually wiped off the map. Disbelief and despair…

Former Miss USA winner: TSA agent ‘touched my vagina’

Former Miss USA 2003 Susie Castillo says she was “molested” by TSA workers. During a stopover at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, agents required Castillo to undergo an invasive pat down after she chose to opt out of a full body scan. “I’m a frequent flyer and don’t wish to be…

House to vote on anti-abortion bill H.R.3 next week

WASHINGTON – House Republicans intend to hold a floor vote on their sweeping anti-abortion bill next week, Raw Story has learned. The date and time have yet to be finalized. H.R.3, “The No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act,” last month secured enough co-sponsors to pass the House. Initially a top…

WATCH LIVE: Obama announces new positions for Leon Panetta and General Petraeus

Watch the live video of President Obama’s press conference, at which he is expected to officially announce that current CIA Director Leon Panetta will become the next Secretary of Defense and General David Petraeus will become director of the CIA. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about…

Watch: Massive tornado shreds trees, houses in Mississippi

The power of mother nature can be utterly harrowing. In the video below, a storm chaser follows a tornado that touched down yesterday in Mississippi, during one of the worst tornado outbreaks in U.S. history. So far, over 250 people have been reported dead due to storm-related damage, and over…

Alan West faces another rowdy town hall in Boca Raton

In Boca Raton Wednesday, tea party favorite Rep. Alan West (R-FL) told a crowd of angry constituents that the country would be ruined if something wasn’t done to radically change Medicare. “If you support Medicare the way it is now, then kiss the United States of America goodbye,” he said.…

Deal to secure Palestine elections could trigger loss of U.S. aid, GOP lawmaker declares

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States will “reexamine” its aid to the Palestinians in the event of a power-sharing deal that includes the Islamist Hamas movement, a key US lawmaker warned Thursday. “If a power-sharing agreement with a terrorist organization becomes a reality in the Palestinian territories, the US will…

Over 250 killed as tornadoes ravage US south

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Tornadoes and storms carved a trail of “catastrophic” destruction across the southern United States, killing over 250 people in the worst US weather disaster in years, officials said Thursday. Shocked residents of cities and towns in more half a dozen states crippled by the ferocious spring storms…

Freshman GOP lawmaker faces angry retirees at Florida town hall

Freshman Rep. Sandy Adams (R-FL) heard from a number of vocal audience members during a Wednesday town hall meeting. Audience members were expressing outrage over a Republican plan that would cut trillions from the budget and end Medicare as it exists today. “I have a Navy Seal grandson in Iraq,”…

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