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Wisconsin Capitol blocks pro-union website

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin spoke out forcefully Tuesday after it was discovered that the state Capitol had blocked a website that was attempting to organize those protesting Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to strip unions of their rights. Anyone trying to use the state Capitol’s Wi-Fi connection to access…

House votes to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON – By a vote of 240 to 185, the House of Representatives approved a measure Friday that would defund the health and abortion services group Planned Parenthood. The measure was attached as an amendment to the appropriations bill funding the government for fiscal 2011. It passed on a largely…

House plans to defund Planned Parenthood, contraceptives, health counseling

The US House of Representatives is expected to pass an amendment to the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011 by this weekend that would cut millions of dollars in funding to Planned Parenthood for contraceptives, reproductive health counseling and cancer screenings. The amendment eliminates all $327 million in funding…

House votes to cut all funding for US Institute of Peace

The US House of Representatives accepted an amendment to the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2011 on Thursday to eliminate all funding for the US Institute of Peace (USIP), an independent government-funded institution to analyze and prevent international conflict. “I am very pleased my amendment to end federal…

Arizona bill aims to let state ignore federal laws

Members of the Arizona Legislature, led by Republican Senate President Russell Pearce, have introduced a bill that attempts to grant the state the power to ignore federal laws it does not want to comply with. If passed and signed into law, Senate Bill 1433 would create a 12-member committee within…

Proposed Arizona law targets ‘birthright’ citizenship

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona Republicans introduced legislation on Thursday seeking to challenge the right to U.S. citizenship for children born in the state whose parents are illegal immigrants or other non-citizens. The move by state legislators came the same day the sheriff for Phoenix and surrounding areas sent a force…

Fox News anchor advocates Internet ID system to ‘tone down the viciousness’

The host of the Fox News Channel’s “On The Record With Greta Van Susteren” suggested an identification system for Internet users seeking to post and comment at online venues, predicting it would lighten up the national dialogue. “I guarantee this would tone down the viciousness on the internet (and not…

Army ‘revisiting’ ban on female soldiers in combat units, Gen. Casey announces

The Army’s top general said recently that a policy banning women from combat arms units could soon be revised. “We’re looking at revising the policy,” Gen. George W. Casey Jr. told a breakfast gathering of the Association of the U.S. Army in Arlington, Va. “We’ve had some work going on…

Activists decry plans for ‘second class’ of US citizen

Human rights activists and some constitutional scholars are denouncing a proposal by a group of state lawmakers to create a “second class” of US citizenship that would apply to children of illegal immigrants. State Legislators for Legal Immigration — a group that represents lawmakers from 40 states — announced this…

Republicans challenge US birthright citizenship

WASHINGTON—Republican lawmakers from five states promised Wednesday to launch an effort to change the US constitutional amendment that grants citizenship to those born in the United States. The group – from Arizona, South Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania – said it was seeking to discourage undocumented migrants from coming to…

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