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Kucinich: ‘We are not lapdogs for the president’

In a recent House debate on the president’s war powers, Congressman Dennis Kucinich delivered a fiery, impassioned speech in support of ending the Afghanistan war, now the longest in America’s history. “We are not lapdogs for the president,” Kucinich said, reminding his colleagues that Congress is a co-equal branch of…

Americans worried about Libya conflict: poll

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A new poll published on Wednesday found nearly half of Americans were opposed to US military involvement in Libya, reflecting tricky political ground being navigated by President Barack Obama. But the Quinnipiac University survey also found that most voters were confident the US mission to shield civilians…

Wisconsin judge again blocks implementation of anti-union law

MADISON, Wisconsin – A Wisconsin judge issued a revised order on Tuesday blocking implementation of a controversial state law curbing collective bargaining by public unions while she hears a legal challenge to the proposed law. Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi, who issued an injunction two weeks ago blocking…

US donations to Japan near $150 million

WASHINGTON – US relief groups said Tuesday that Americans have donated close to $150 million to support Japan after its devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The American Red Cross said it has raised $120.5 million. It said it gave $10 million initially to the Japanese Red Cross and would…

Appeals court makes it easier for gov’t to hold Gitmo detainees

In a decision that will likely make it more difficult for Guantanamo prisoners to win release, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today reversed a lower court’s ruling in the pivotal case of a Yemeni detainee. In a 14-page decision, the appeals court rejected the lower court’s…

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…

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