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Senator vows to reform the PATRIOT Act

A Democratic senator from Oregon said Tuesday that Congress must use the three month extension of the PATRIOT Act to amend the legislation so that it does not violate American’s civil liberties. “Americans deserve laws that strike the best possible balance between fighting terrorism ferociously and protecting the rights and…

DEA to legalize marijuana only for ‘Big Pharma,’ NORML claims

A Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) proposal to reclassify the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana as a Schedule III substance would allow pharmaceutical companies to market the drug while still penalizing common recreational use, according to marijuana law reform advocates. The main psychoactive chemical in marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is currently a…

Gov. Scott Walker threatens layoffs if Democrats don’t return to vote

In a Wednesday press conference, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said that he would be forced to layoff 1,500 state workers if Democratic state senators didn’t return and allow his union busting bill to pass. “In total we have just over $1.7 billion worth of savings in this budget repair…

Obama tells world to unite against Libya bloodshed

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama told the world Wednesday to unite to hold Libya accountable for a vicious protest crackdown, stiffening a US response to the crisis that critics had cast as too mild. In his first televised response to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s decision to unleash vengeance on…

US eyes sanctions against Libya

WASHINGTON – The United States is mulling a “full range of tools” including sanctions against Libya to stop a deadly crackdown on anti-regime protesters there, the State Department said Wednesday. “We’re looking at a full range of tools and options that are available to us to achieve our goals of…

Anti-government extremist groups on rise in US: study

CHICAGO – Membership in anti-government extremist groups continues to explode in the United States amid frustration over the lagging economy and the “mainstreaming of conspiracy theories,” a study released Wednesday found. After nearly tripling in 2009 in the wake of the election of the nation’s first black president, anti-government ‘patriot’…

US beauty queen has crown, but no home

LOS ANGELES – A US beauty queen has become the latest victim of the economic downturn — she is homeless and faces losing her day job, months before vying to be crowned Miss USA. Miss Colorado USA Blair Griffith and her mother have been living with a family friend since…

Indiana lawmakers pass immigration curbs like Arizona

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – The Indiana senate passed a sweeping immigration bill that echoes Arizona’s tougher measures on illegal immigrants and despite opposition from some of the largest employers and business groups in the state. The measure, passed on Tuesday night by a vote of 31-18, would allow state and local…

Indiana passes Arizona-like immigration measures

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – The Indiana senate passed a sweeping immigration bill that echoes Arizona’s tougher measures on illegal immigrants and despite opposition from some of the largest employers and business groups in the state. The measure, passed on Tuesday night by a vote of 31-18, would allow state and local…

Spokesman: Obama still ‘grappling’ with personal view on gay marriage

White House press secretary Jay Carney explained Wednesday that while the Justice Department would no longer defend parts of the Defense of Marriage Act, President Barack Obama was still “grappling” with his views on gay marriage. This video is from C-SPAN, broadcast Feb. 23, 2011. Watch this video on iPhone/iPad…

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