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Obama administration pulls part of healthcare law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is pulling the plug on a long-term, home-care program included in the 2010 healthcare reform law that Republicans have derided as a budget trick. U.S. health officials said on Friday that after 19 months of analysis, they could not come up with a model…

Trial postponed for ex-CIA officer in defense leak case

The trial of an ex-CIA officer accused of disclosing confidential information of a secret operation against Iran to a US journalist has been postponed after the government Friday removed two witnesses in the case. A US docket entry on the case of Jeffrey Sterling, after a closed-door meeting at a…

Police arrest dozens in anti-Wall Street protests

US police arrested some 50 anti-Wall Street protesters across the country, but New York backed off plans to evict an unauthorized camp in the Financial District. Most arrests were on Friday in the western United States, where the protests spread from New York. In Denver, 23 people were detained, Sergeant…

Tea Party co-founder expresses support for Occupy Wall Street

One of the original founders of the Tea Party movement has told RT.com that he believes Occupy Wall Street is not only comparable to the earliest states of the movement he helped launch but can learn from its mistakes. “The problem with protests and the political process is that it…

Rick Perry: U.S. is ‘the Saudi Arabia of coal’

WASHINGTON — Fading Republican 2012 candidate Rick Perry pledged Friday to unleash a new economic boom by throwing open land and seas to oil drilling and tapping America’s status as the “Saudi Arabia of coal.” The Texas governor tried to revive his presidential campaign with the first of a series…

Catholic bishop charged in child abuse case

For the first time in the history of the United States, a Catholic bishop is facing criminal charges. A Grand Jury in Jackson County, Missouri has indicted Bishop Robert Finn for failing to report child abuse. The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph was also indicted. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean…

Rahm Emanuel mandates Chicago city employees use public transit

A new policy introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel last week says public transportation is “the preferred method of travel” for Chicago city employees. Under the new rules, employees who do not take public transportation must give an explanation on reimbursement forms. The maximum mileage per day has been capped at…

‘Dramatic enforcement actions’ coming to Wall Street soon: Geithner

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner Friday promised “dramatic enforcement actions” against Wall Street power brokers who helped guide the economy into a slump. In an interview with CNBC’s Steve Liesman on “Squawk Box,” Geithner was asked about the “bit of chaos on Wall Street” (as Liesman characterized the Occupy Wall…

Appeals court blocks parts of Alabama immigration law

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court Friday temporarily blocked Alabama from enforcing part of its tough new law cracking down on illegal immigrants but allowed some disputed portions to remain in effect. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, granted the Obama administration…

Senate panel to vote on bill to repeal DOMA

by On Top Magazine Patrick Leahy on Friday announced that there would be a vote on a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Friday announced that the committee has scheduled a vote for a…

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