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Obama confident Gaddafi will step down

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama said Tuesday he was confident that Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi would “ultimately” step down and that he had not ruled out supplying arms to rebels seeking to oust him. Obama said the “noose” is tightening around the Libyan strongman, but noted it did not…

Republican bill would halt ‘unauthorized’ U.S. strikes in Libya

Two Republican congressmen, Rep. Timothy V. Johnson (IL) and Rep. Justin Amash (MI), have introduced legislation to the House of Representatives that would prevent the United States from carrying out further military operations in Libya until such actions were authorized by Congress. Johnson and Amash claimed that President Barack Obama…

Ohio House committee passes public union curbs

An Ohio House committee on Tuesday passed a bill that would restrict collective bargaining rights for about 350,000 public employees and ban them from striking. The bill was modified to remove jail time as a possible penalty for workers who participate in strikes and to allow police and firefighters to…

Wisconsin GOP senator boasts: We have broken the power of unions

Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald bragged that Republicans had busted government employee unions “once and for all” in a fundraising letter sent to his supporters. In contrast to his earlier rhetoric, which focused on the need to curb public employees union rights to balance the state budget, Fitzgerald said…

Airport body scanners not a health risk: study

WASHINGTON – Full-body scanners used to secure airports, about 1,000 of which will be deployed across the United States by year’s end, do not pose health risks, a study released has found. The University of California study appearing in the “Archives of Internal Medicine” found that a traveler would have…

Judge approves $250,000 settlement for Bush inauguration protesters

A group of about 70 protesters who were arrested after the 2005 inauguration of President George W. Bush will receive at least $2,000 each, according to a settlement approved in a Washington federal court. Police had arrested the demonstrators, claiming the group was vandalizing a Washington D.C. neighborhood. “It’s not…

Santorum: Abortion is slowly killing Social Security

WASHINGTON – Long-shot Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said Tuesday that America’s “abortion culture” is harming Social Security, reviving an ages-old argument largely confined to the fringe. “The Social Security system, in my opinion, is a flawed design, period,” Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, told the New Hampshire station WEZS…

NATO may order ground forces into Libya, U.S. admiral admits

Speaking to members of Congress today, Adm. James Stavridis admitted that, while allied forces were not yet considering the deployment of troops on the ground in Libya, it was a possibility. This could run counter to President Barack Obama’s pledge that no U.S. soldiers would set foot on the ground…

Conservative think-tank FOIAs Michigan labor profs

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a think tank backed by some big-name conservatives, has submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to professors at labor-centric schools, asking to see any emails containing certain key words, Talking Points Memo reports. The subjects mostly relate to the Wisconsin union protests: “Scott…

U.S. immigration service accepting green card applications from bi-national same sex couples

Married bi-national same sex couples scored a victory Monday when the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would no longer deny their green card applications. “USCIS has issued guidance to the field asking that related cases be held in abeyance while awaiting final guidance related to…

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