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Mitt Romney to warm stage for anti-Mormon shock jock

Mormon presidential hopeful Mitt Romney next weekend will be the opening act for shock jock Bryan Fischer, who recently said that the First Amendment should not apply to Mormons. Both Romney and Fischer are featured speakers at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. next weekend, a conference aimed at…

U.S. ‘running out of time’ on debt deal: Obama

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama Friday said the United States was “running out of time” to reach a deal on raising the country’s debt ceiling to avert a possible early August default. “We are obviously running out of time. And so what I’ve said to the members of Congress is…

Treasury secretly weighs options to avert default

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A small team of Treasury officials is discussing options to stave off default if Congress fails to raise the country’s borrowing limit by an August 2 deadline, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Senior officials, including Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, have repeatedly said there are no contingency…

Cornyn: Constitutional argument for raising debt ceiling is ‘crazy talk’

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said Sunday that it was a mistake to argue that it is unconstitutional not to raise the debt ceiling. Section 4 of the 14th Amendment reads: “The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions…

Supreme Court: Violent video games may be sold to children

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a proposed California law that would have banned the sale of violent video games to minors. In a 7-2 ruling, both liberal and conservative justices agreed that the video games qualify for First Amendment protections. “Like the protected books, plays, and movies that preceded…

U.S. House votes to end food aid for North Korea

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The House of Representatives has voted to bar US food aid to North Korea, with lawmakers charging that the assistance would prop up the communist regime instead of feeding the hungry. The Republican-led House, hashing out appropriations for agriculture late Wednesday, approved by voice vote an amendment…

U.S. Senate votes to end $6 billion ethanol subsidy

WASHINGTON — The US Senate voted Thursday to end a $6 billion subsidy for ethanol in a move that appeared largely symbolic but sends a message about the growing unease on support for the biofuel made mostly from corn. In a 73-27 vote, the Senate approved an amendment to end…

Senate rejects Coburn bill to repeal ethanol subsidies

WASHINGTON – By a vote of 59-40, the Senate on Tuesday afternoon struck down a measure to roll back $6 billion in federal ethanol subsidies. S.1057, dubbed the “Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff Repeal Act,” would have repealed a 45-cents per gallon tax credit for ethanol blended into gasoline as well…

U.S. Congress votes against Libya funding

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US House of Representatives voted to prohibit the use of funds for American military operations in Libya. Lawmakers adopted the amendment to a military appropriations bill by a vote of 248 to 163. A number of members of Congress have recently expressed their dissatisfaction at President…

Anti-abortion efforts stumble on obstacle of their own making

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Henry Hyde, a champion of the anti-abortion movement, might turn over in his grave if he knew that a provision of law he authored was an obstacle to individual states banning abortion. The Hyde Amendment, named for the Illinois Republican who served in Congress for 32…

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