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House Republicans to pregnant women: Fetal life is more important than your health

WASHINGTON – The House Judiciary committee on Thursday approved a broad measure that limits access to abortion for women whose health may be harmed by carrying a pregnancy to term. The panel passed HR 3 “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” in a mostly party-line vote of 23-14, sending it…

Gingrich officially exploring presidential bid (VIDEO)

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) announced Thursday that he was opening an exploratory bid for the Republican presidential campaign. He is the first major Republican to do so. Gingrich and his wife, Callista, released a statement on their new website newtexplore2012.com. “We are excited about exploring whether…

Live sex show spices up college class in Chicago

CHICAGO – No, it wasn’t a Monty Python sketch. A human sexuality class really did get a live sex show in an auditorium at Chicago’s Northwestern University. The topic of the day was bondage, swinging and other fetishes. Then, after the class was officially dismissed, students were told they could…

US, Mexico leaders debate drugs, trucking dispute

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama and his Mexican counterpart Felipe Calderon Thursday vowed to step up the fight against Mexico’s violent drug cartels, and resolved a decades-old trucking dispute. It was the fifth meeting in two years between the two men, and Obama stressed the “strong bonds” between the…

Wisconsin Senate approves use of force to arrest absent Democrats

The Wisconsin Senate passed a resolution Thursday allowing for the arrest of 14 Democratic senators that left the state to prevent Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s union-busting bill to pass. Republican senators approved the measure by a 19-0 vote. The Democrats must return to the chamber by 4 pm Central Time…

Ex-Governor Roemer to launch presidential bid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer said on Wednesday he plans to take a step toward a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 and campaign against business-as-usual in Washington. Roemer is to hold a news conference on Thursday in Baton Rouge at the bank where he…

Federal judge stays his ruling against health care law

A federal judge on Thursday issued a temporary hold on his recent ruling voiding the health care law, offering the Obama administration one week to appeal. US District Judge Roger Vinson of Florida ruled on January 31 that the individual mandate was unconstitutional — and, because the law lacked a…

Frankfurt airport shooting suspect says he acted alone

German officials are treating the shooting of two US airmen at the Frankfurt airport as possible Islamic terrorism. The suspect admitted to targeting members of the US military but said he acted alone. This video is from The Associated Press, uploaded March 3, 2011.…

20-year-old American sues FBI for placing GPS tracker on his car

Yasir Afifi, a 20-year-old Arab-American student, is suing the FBI for placing a GPS tracking device on his car and then threatening him with charges when he tried to keep it. The lawsuit, filed by by Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Wednesday, accused Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director…

Rasmussen poll: Wisconsin voters support collective bargaining rights

WASHINGTON – A new Rasmussen poll found Thursday that a clear majority of Wisconsin voters oppose Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) efforts to strip collective bargaining rights for public employee unions. Fifty-two percent said they oppose weakening collective bargaining rights, while 39 percent were in favor of it. Recent surveys by…

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