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Supreme Court upholds warrantless search of apartment based on marijuana smell

Police find illegal drugs after busting into wrong apartment complex The smell of marijuana smoke and sound of evidence being destroyed is enough reason for police to knock down an apartment door and search the place without a warrant, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. In an 8-1 decision [PDF],…

Bipartisan House bill seeks tighter sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers unveiled legislation Monday to tighten economic sanctions on Iran, looking to drag Tehran to talks on its suspect nuclear programs and to punish alleged human rights violators. “US policy towards Iran has offered a lot of bark, but not enough bite,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman…

Rep. Paul Ryan ‘unlikely’ to run for Senate

Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan is reportedly not considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat now occupied by Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI). Sources close to Ryan told POLITICO’s David Catanese that the congressman was unlikely to run for the Senate seat. Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, said he…

Arkansas man becomes first to be convicted under the federal anti-hate law ‘Shepard Act’

An Arkansas man pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of committing a federal hate crime and one count of conspiring to commit a federal hate crime for his role in chasing a car with five Hispanic men inside until it crashed, the U.S. Justice Department announced Monday. Nineteen-year-old…

‘Sovereign citizen’ anti-government movement on the rise

CBS correspondent Byron Pitts reported on a group of Americans calling themselves “sovereign citizens” who don’t pay taxes, carry a driver’s license or hold a Social Security card. There are an estimated 300,000 sovereign citizens in the United States and some in the movement have grown increasingly violent. “What’s driving…

Rahm Emanuel sworn in as Mayor of Chicago

CHICAGO — Rahm Emanuel, the political pitbull who served as President Barack Obama’s first chief of staff, was sworn in Monday as mayor of Chicago, pledging a “new day” for a US city facing a host of financial, safety and educational struggles. Emanuel took over from Richard Daley, who had…

GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain defends Afghanistan non-answer

Potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said he did not have enough information to express a clear policy on Afghanistan, but knew the United State’s relationship with Israel should be strengthened. At the Fox News Republican debate in South Carolina two weeks ago, Cain struggled to answer foreign policy…

Scientists doubt veracity of TSA body scanner safety tests

The Transportation Security Administration says its full-body X-ray scanners are safe and that radiation from a scan is equivalent to what’s received in about two minutes of flying. The company that makes them says it’s safer than eating a banana. But some scientists with expertise in imaging and cancer say…

Supreme Court refuses ‘extraordinary rendition’ torture case

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it would not hear the case of five men who said they had fallen victim to a Central Intelligence Agency practice called “extraordinary rendition,” in which suspects are sent illegally to other countries to be tortured for information. The men, some of whom…

Texas House passes bill to criminalize TSA patdowns

A bill that would criminalize the infamous “pat-down” at airport security checkpoints has made its way to the Texas Senate after clearing a key vote in the House on Friday evening. When the bill was introduced, it was seen as a longshot even in the Republican-dominated Texas House. That seemed…

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