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Boehner warns Obama of violating War Powers Act in Libya conflict

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s top critic in the US Congress pressed him on Tuesday to explain in detail why he has not sought lawmakers’ formal approval for operations in Libya as required under US law. Republican US House Speaker John Boehner warned Obama in a letter that the administration…

Dem Rep: Obama should stop deporting children

WASHINGTON – Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) on Monday urged President Barack Obama to stop deporting children who have grown up in the United States but were brought here illegally by their parents. “It makes no sense for young immigrants raised in the U.S. to live under the threat of deportation…

Oregon Senator Wyden freezes second Internet censorship bill

A U.S. Senator from Oregon has once again taken a stand against his own party to defend what he sees as the inherent right to free speech on the Internet, placing a hold on a bill that could force search engines and Internet service providers to block websites deemed to…

House Democrats introduce three medical marijuana reform bills

Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA), Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) and Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced legislation to the House on Wednesday aimed at ensuring the medical marijuana industry is treated like any other business. The legislation was supported by Republican Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (CA) and Ron Paul (TX). The Small Business…

‘Anonymous’ attack on Chamber of Commerce website doesn’t make a dent

An effort by protest group “Anonymous” to rally Internet users into helping them shut down the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website fell short Monday night as the site remained online. Unnamed members of the group, which has come to be defined by its online activities, had issued a call to…

Legislation to crack down on online piracy proposed in Senate

WASHINGTON — US senators re-introduced a bill Thursday that would give the US authorities more tools to crack down on websites selling pirated movies, television shows and music and counterfeit goods. “This legislation will protect the investment American companies make in developing brands and creating content and will protect the…

Obama admin. claims right to censor ‘unclassified’ materials

In the case of former National Security Agency (NSA) executive Thomas A. Drake — indicted last April and accused of funneling documents to an unnamed reporter at an unnamed newspaper, for stories that have not been identified — the president’s lawyers have made a unique and potentially unprecedented claim. With…

Facing long odds, Democrats reintroduce DREAM Act

WASHINGTON – Top Senate Democrats on Wednesday reintroduced the DREAM Act, a proposal that would grant legal status to children of unauthorized immigrants if they attend college or join the military and show strong moral character. The measure was unveiled on one day after President Barack Obama gave a major…

Taiwan gives China rare deer and goats in act of ‘animal diplomacy’

Taiwan has given China a pair of endangered deer and one of indigenous goats, zoo officials said Sunday, in the latest piece of animal diplomacy after China gave its former arch-enemy two pandas. The two sika deer and two Formosan serows — both seldom seen in the wild — were…

General Motors CEO urged to address India factory strike

The Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights (IGLH) has put pressure on General Motors CEO Daniel F. Akerson to immediately intervene with local management at the Halol plant in India where hundreds of workers have gone on strike since March 16. The factory workers are paid just 47 to…

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