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White House backs online ‘privacy bill of rights’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The White House urged Congress on Wednesday to approve a “consumer privacy bill of rights” that would regulate the collection and use of personal data on the Internet. Assistant Commerce Secretary Lawrence Strickling called for the legislation at a hearing on online privacy held by the Senate…

House Republicans secure votes to pass sweeping anti-abortion bill

WASHINGTON – High-priority Republican legislation aimed at curtailing abortion rights across the United States is on its way to passage in the House, having secured enough co-sponsors for approval on the floor. Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), H.R. 3, “The No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act,” would eliminate employer…

US still wants to expand nuclear energy: Chu

WASHINGTON — The United States still wants to expand nuclear plant construction despite the Japan disaster and sees nuclear power as a key part of clean energy efforts, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Wednesday. Testifying at a House subcommittee hearing about President Barack Obama’s request for energy funds in the…

National Review editor defends Bradley Manning

Bradley Manning has found yet another unexpected defender. An editor at the conservative National Review magazine is speaking out on behalf of Manning, the Army private accused of leaking U.S. State Department cables to WikiLeaks. Robert VerBruggen declared Tuesday that there was “no excuse” for subjecting Manning, who has not…

Telecoms want ‘to put Netflix out of business entirely,’ Sen. Franken tells SXSW

AT&T ‘moving in a direction consumers don’t want to go,’ Netflix tells Raw Story Appearing in a recent panel discussion at the South by Southwest music, film and technology festival in Austin, Texas, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) warned that net neutrality, or the treatment of all data on a network…

Baby panda Po makes his debut at the Atlanta Zoo

Po, the only panda born alive at a U.S. zoo last year, made his debut yesterday at Zoo Atlanta. Po, who was named by actor Jack Black in recognition of how he “helped to bring the importance of saving this species to a new generation of conservationists,” is the third…

Violent tea partier arrested at Democratic rally in Houston

A man waving a tea party flag was arrested in Houston, Texas after he charged the microphone at a Democratic rally. This video is from CBS News, broadcast March 16, 2011.…

DEA seizes execution drugs obtained on the black market by Georgia

ATLANTA (Reuters) – U.S. authorities seized Georgia’s supply of a drug used in executions on Tuesday because of concerns about how it was imported, a move praised by death penalty opponents. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents took control of the state’s sodium thiopental, a sedative that attorneys for several death…

Survey finds Californians back tax extensions

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – Californians would overwhelmingly back extending temporary tax increases to help balance the state’s budget if asked to in a special election, according to survey results released on Wednesday. The results of the statewide survey conducted by the University of California, Berkeley and The Field Poll were…

New Rumsfeld documents highlight Gingrich’s involvement with Iraq War

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) might have been persona non grata in certain Republican circles early in the aughts after he resigned the Speakership, divorced his wife and married a much-younger aide, but he was more than welcome in the Pentagon under then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Documents released…

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