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White House defends secret detention of Somali terror suspect

WASHINGTON — The White House Wednesday defended the treatment of an alleged leader of Somalia’s Shebab Islamist insurgency who was interrogated for two months on a US warship, saying his detention was lawful. In the first known case of the secret detention of a terror suspect by the administration of…

Senate Armed Services Committee nixes ‘worldwide war’ legislation

The version of the National Defense Authorization Act recently passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee omitted a controversial provision that would have authorized the United States to use military force in any part of the world that was suspected to contain terrorists, including within the U.S. itself. According to…

#AskObama Twitter town hall ignores flood of marijuana legalization questions

Republicans were not the only ones flooding President Barack Obama with questions during his “#AskObama” Twitter town hall; the event also generated a huge response from those opposed to the war on drugs. Data gathered by TwitSprout showed the most retweeted question for Obama was about the legalization of marijuana.…

Karl Rove expects Gov. Rick Perry to join 2012 GOP presidential race

Former George W. Bush political aide Karl Rove said Wednesday that he believes Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry will run for president, The Hill reported. “I think you’re right that he’s going to run,” Rove said on the Fox Business Network. “This is a big state with nearly 24 million…

Appeal Court rules that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is unenforceable

A federal appeals court in San Francisco said that enforcement of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy banning gays from the military must be immediately halted, the Associated Press reported. Though the House and Senate both voted to repeal the controversial policy in December 2010, the Pentagon still must sign…

Gargantuan tempest spotted on Saturn

PARIS — Imagine being caught in a thunderstorm as wide as the Earth with discharges of lightning 10,000 times more powerful than normal, flashing 10 times per second at its peak. Now imagine that this storm is still unfolding, eight months later. One of the most violent weather events in…

Eric Cantor opens door to tax hikes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top Republican said on Wednesday his party could compromise on taxes as part of a broad budget deal as President Barack Obama warned the United States could spiral back into recession if Congress does not act soon. Ahead of a Thursday meeting with Obama, House of…

Connecticut governor signs law protecting transgender people

Democratic Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed legislation Wednesday that is designed to prevent discrimination based on gender identity or expression. The new law adds the phrase “gender identity or expression” to all existing state sex discrimination laws, making Connecticut the 15th state to specifically protect transgender people. Anything under authority…

Obama reverses policy on condolence letters for service member suicides

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he would begin sending condolence letters to the families of service members who commit suicide while in combat. The White House had been considering reversing the longstanding policy since December 2009 at the urging of members of Congress and the relatives of dead soldiers.…

WATCH LIVE: Obama holds his Twitter townhall

Watch live as President Obama holds his “Twitter townhall,” answering questions submitted by Twitter users tagged #askObama, courtesy of MSNBC: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

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