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Exclusive: Sen. Kerry insists commercial privacy bill is not ‘a step backwards’

An effort by two U.S. Senators to cement a broad series of privacy protections into federal law came under fire last week when a legislative analysis from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) suggested that it might override numerous state laws that offer even stronger safeguards for consumer information. Contacted by…

Dick Cheney: ‘I worship the ground that Paul Ryan walks on’

Former vice president Dick Cheney heaped praise on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), author of the GOP’s budget blueprint to phase out Medicare and replace it with a subsidies system for seniors to buy private insurance. “I worship the ground the Paul Ryan walks on,” Cheney said Wednesday…

House votes to pull funding for abortion-related training

The Republican controlled U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday in favor of an amendment which would permanently bar any public funding for medical training centers that educate doctors on how to perform abortions. The amendment includes an exception for victims of rape or incest, along with women whose lives may…

Judge voids controversial Wisconsin anti-union law

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – A Wisconsin judge on Thursday voided a controversial Republican-backed law restricting the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions. Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi said Republican lawmakers violated the state’s open meetings law in rushing the legislation through during massive protests at the state Capitol earlier…

Wisconsin Gov. Walker signs new voter restrictions into law

The State of Wisconsin will begin requiring voters to present a state-issued photo identification before casting ballots, now that Gov. Scott Walker (R) has signed a key piece of GOP-sponsored legislation into law. Walker’s signature makes Wisconsin the 11th state to implement the voter ID rules. Only five Democratic state…

Pizza executive Herman Cain surges to 5th place in GOP 2012 poll

WASHINGTON – Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain clocked in at fifth place in a new Gallup poll of 2012 Republican candidates, an impressive showing for the conservative radio talker who has never held elected office. Cain, who announced his candidacy for the 2012 Republican nomination last weekend, received 8…

Hannity airs clip from Palin film ‘The Undefeated’

Fox News’ Sean Hannity previewed a short clip Wednesday from an upcoming film designed to rehabilitate Sarah Palin’s image. The documentary “The Undefeated” was created by filmmaker Steve Bannon and will premiere to voters in Iowa this summer. Watch this video from Fox News’ Hannity, broadcast May 25, 2011.…

U.S. soldier fights Afghan ‘kill squad’ court martial

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington — A US soldier accused of being part of a rogue “kill squad” that targeted Afghan civilians should not face court martial, his lawyer argued at a new hearing Wednesday. Private Andrew Holmes is accused of the premeditated murder of a teenage boy in a poppy…

Rep. Peter King: Giuliani ‘very close to running’ for president

Rep. Peter King (R-NY), a close ally of Rudy Giuliani, said Thursday that the former New York City mayor is closer than ever to running for president in 2012. “As of this moment, he’s very much inclined to run,” King told Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson. “I would say right now,…

Groups sue U.S. over human antibiotics in farm feed

NEW YORK (AFP) – A coalition of consumer groups filed a federal lawsuit against the US Food and Drug Administration over the use of human antibiotics in animal feed, saying it creates dangerous superbugs. The suit alleges that the regulatory agency concluded in 1977 that the practice of feeding healthy…

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