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Republicans push tax hike on private insurance plans with abortion coverage

WASHINGTON – A provision in a high-priority Republican bill would effectively hike taxes on private insurance plans that include abortion coverage, representing a significant threat to the pro-abortion-rights movement. The provision is in Rep. Chris Smith’s (R-NJ) measure HR 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act,” which has 173…

Rumsfeld: Guantanamo one of world’s ‘finest’ prisons

WASHINGTON — The “war on terror” prison at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is “one of the finest prison systems in the world,” former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday. Rumsfeld, who is promoting his autobiography titled “Known and Unknown,”…

US appeals to reopen Blackwater case

WASHINGTON — A US appeals court met behind closed doors Tuesday as the government appealed a judge’s decision to clear five former guards with security company Blackwater of killing 14 Iraqi civilians in 2007. The three appeals court judges agreed to a request from all sides for the hearing into…

Iowa focus group: Obama’s still a Muslim

An Iowa Republican focus group thinks that President Barack Obama is acting against the interests of the US in the Egyptian crisis because he is a Muslim. This video is from Fox News, uploaded on February 07, 2011.…

PATRIOT Act extension fails procedural vote, expected to return

A plan that would have seen the House of Representatives extend controversial provisions of the PATRIOTAct with little debate failed Tuesday night, as a group of Republicans joined a majority of Democrats in voting no. The House voted 277 to 148 for the PATRIOT Act extension — 23 votes short…

White House launches high-speed rail push with $53 billion plan

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Tuesday called on Congress to back a six-year, $53-billion investment in high-speed, intercity rail, saying it was “dreaming big” on reinventing US infrastructure. But Republicans, now wielding the power of the purse after November’s mid-term election triumph, slammed the plan, and called on the…

ACLU slams Chicago’s pervasive surveillance system

CHICAGO — A vast network of high-tech surveillance cameras that allows Chicago police to zoom in on a crime in progress and track suspects across the city is raising privacy concerns. Chicago’s path to becoming the most-watched US city began in 2003 when police began installing cameras with flashing blue…

US prepares for ‘geopolitical quake’ in Middle East

Analysts look at how the US is struggling to strike a balance between supporting protesters and protecting US interests in the Middle East. This video is from CNET, uploaded on February 06, 2011.…

Jury convicts NY TV exec of beheading his wife

Muzzammil Hassan, founder of a Muslim TV station in New York, which he created to counter negative stereotypes of Muslims, has been convicted of beheading his wife. This video is from CBN, uploaded on February 08, 2011.…

Nina explains situation in Egypt

A very young girl gives a clear and insightful analysis of events in Egypt in a conversation with her dad. This video was uploaded by Nina’s dad on YouTube on February 05, 2011.…

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