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China says ‘firmly opposes’ U.S. Senate currency bill

China said Tuesday it “firmly opposed” a US Senate bill aimed at punishing Beijing for its alleged currency manipulation, which is expected to make its final passage later this week. The bill — which comes 13 months ahead of US elections in which high unemployment is likely to be an issue — sets…

Obama wants jobs bill vote this month

US President Barack Obama on Monday piled new pressure on Congress to pass his $447 billion jobs bill, saying he wanted Congress to vote on the measure this month. The president said in a cabinet meeting that it was time for lawmakers to act on the plan, a mix of…

Senate to take up China currency bill

WASHINGTON — The US Senate this week takes up a bill to punish China for its alleged currency manipulation, a measure that has divided the Republican presidential field and put the White House in a bind. The legislation — backed by Democrats and Republicans in the polarized Congress, but opposed…

Obama: Time for Congress to get its act together

President Barack Obama on Saturday called on Congress to “get its act together” and pass his American Jobs Act, which he introduced nearly three weeks ago. “Some Republicans in Congress have said that they agree with certain parts of this jobs bill,” the president said. “If so, it’s time for…

In signing anti-abortion bill, Louisiana gov. compares women to criminals

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) signed a bill into law yesterday that requires women’s health clinics to post signage notifying patients of alternatives to abortion. At the signing ceremony, Jindal said he was proud to help make his state one that supports a “culture of life,” adding that women will…

CA lawmakers pass bill to teach LGBT history

SACRAMENTO, Calif (Reuters) – A bill to require California public schools to teach the historical accomplishments of gay men and lesbians passed the state Legislature on Tuesday in what supporters call a first for the nation. Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, has not said publicly whether he supports the bill,…

Marijuana advocates launch video campaign targeting Rep. Lamar Smith

The marijuana advocacy website 420petition.com and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) have teamed up to launch a video campaign aimed at House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX). Reps. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced legislation to the U.S. House of Representatives in…

Bachmann: After I win, I’ll help Obama find a job

At what CNN describes as an “enthusiastic but sparsely populated Tea Party rally” on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa, GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann declared that “as president of the United States, I look forward to creating real jobs” for President Obama and Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner. She…

Ohio House approves anti-abortion bill that challenges Roe v. Wade ruling

COLUMBUS (Reuters) – The Ohio House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which can be as early as six weeks. The House voted 54 to 43 for the ban, along party lines, with most Republicans voting in favor. If enacted, the law…

Georgia court suspends anti-immigration law

ATLANTA, Georgia — A federal judge has blocked an immigration bill in the southern US state of Georgia which would have allowed law enforcement officials to verify the migratory status of suspects stopped even for a minor traffic offense. US District Judge Thomas Thrash’s 45-page ruling Monday determined that the…

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