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Obama admin. says $675,000 is an appropriate punishment for sharing 30 songs

Making good on its earlier promises, the Obama Administration went to court this week to defend the unpopular Copyright Act and what critics call as its extremely high per-song fines. In a recent appeal of a decision that gutted a $675,000 finding against an Internet user who downloaded and shared…

Obama threatens to veto anti-EPA bill derided as ‘Koch Brothers Appreciation Act’

WASHINGTON – The White House threatened Tuesday to veto a Republican-led measure that would block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating certain forms of pollution. “The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 910, which would halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) common-sense steps under the Clean Air Act (CAA)…

Exclusive: Rep. Nadler to propose immigration equality for bi-national same sex couples

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) is fighting for the rights of bi-national gay and lesbian couples who could otherwise be torn apart by deportation proceedings. Nadler Communication Director Ilan Kayatsky told Raw Story Wednesday that the congressman was planning on re-introducing the Uniting American Families Act — legislation that aims to…

Sen. who pushed Patriot Act: Don’t make policy after disaster

A Republican leader who was quick to vote for the USA PATRIOT Act following the 9/11 attacks is now saying that legislators should think twice about making policy in the wake of disasters. Fox News’ Chris Wallace Sunday asked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell if the nuclear disaster in Japan…

Congressman Ron Paul says he supports the Defense of Marriage Act

Speaking to a group of religious conservatives in Iowa, Republican Congressman Ron Paul (TX) said he supports the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) because the controversial legislation protects states’ rights. In February, President Barack Obama decided that a key section of the DOMA a Clinton-era law that restricts the benefits…

House Democratic Whip opposes Boehner plan to defend DOMA

In a statement released on Friday, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer indicated his opposition to a plan announced by Speaker John Boehner to have the House of Representatives intervene in cases involving the Defense of Marriage Act. Boehner had asserted earlier on Friday that “the constitutionality of this law should…

Boehner plans to defend DOMA in court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Republican in the House of Representatives said on Friday he will seek to do what the Obama administration no longer does — defend a 15-year-old federal law against same-sex marriage. Speaker John Boehner said he disagrees with President Barack Obama’s recent determination that the Defense…

Republicans target federal pollution regulations

Republicans introduced legislation to the House of Representatives and Senate on Thursday that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. Rep Fred Upton, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced the House version of the bill, called the Energy Tax Prevention Act.…

GOP leader John Boehner: House will defend the Defense of Marriage Act

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) said the House of Representatives would defend controversial legislation passed by Congress in 1996 that defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman. Last week, President Barack Obama decided that a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act,…

Obama declares key section of gay marriage ban ‘unconstitutional’

Update (video, below): White House spokesman says Obama still ‘grappling’ with ‘distinct’ feelings on gay marriage In a stunning reversal of policy announced Wednesday, President Barack Obama decided that a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, a Clinton-era law that restricts the benefits of marriage to a man…

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