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Louisiana House panel votes to ban abortion

A House committee in Louisiana voted Tuesday to ban abortions, a controversial move that sends the bill to the floor for debate. The House Bill 587, sponsored by Republican state Rep. John LaBruzzo, would expand the parameters of the feticide crime to include for voluntarily aborted fetuses, according to The…

White House threatens to veto bill containing ‘worldwide war’ provision

The White House threatened Tuesday to veto the National Defense Authorization Act because of controversial provisions, such as section 1034, which would authorize the United States to use military force anywhere there are terrorism suspects, including within the U.S. itself. “The Administration strongly objects to section 1034 which, in purporting…

Nevada Republican governor signs transgender job discrimination bill

Despite opposition from within his own party, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R) signed a bill prohibiting job discrimination against transgender people into law on Tuesday. The law makes Nevada the 14th state to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression in the workplace. Hawaii became the 13th…

New York bill arms hotel maids with a ‘panic button’

NEW YORK — Hotel maids should be given panic buttons to guard against the kind of sexual assault former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn allegedly made on a woman cleaning his room, a New York lawmaker said Tuesday. Assemblyman Rory Lancman, in the New York state legislature, told AFP that his…

Rep. David Camp to vote against his own bill to raise debt ceiling

WASHINGTON — Republican US congressman Dave Camp introduced legislation Tuesday to raise the US debt ceiling but he plans to vote against it because he also wants the bill to include drastic budget cuts. “Let me be clear: I do not support and will not vote for a debt limit…

Illinois Senate approves bill to restrict Westboro Baptist protests

The Illinois Senate passed legislation on Monday aimed at restricting members of the Westboro Baptist Church from protesting at funerals. The infamous Westboro Baptist Church pickets the funerals of military families with offensive signs such as “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “God Hates America.” The church believes that God…

‘Historic’ budget cuts bill actually increased 2011 spending by $3 billion: CBO

WASHINGTON – The fiscal 2011 funding bill roundly hailed for its “historic” spending cuts actually raised government spending by more than $3 billion, according to a new report. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office concluded Monday evening, “Total discretionary outlays in 2011 will be $3.2 billion higher as a result of…

Bipartisan House bill seeks tighter sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers unveiled legislation Monday to tighten economic sanctions on Iran, looking to drag Tehran to talks on its suspect nuclear programs and to punish alleged human rights violators. “US policy towards Iran has offered a lot of bark, but not enough bite,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman…

House votes to expand offshore oil drilling

WASHINGTON — The Republican-held US House of Representatives on Thursday voted to defy the White House and expand offshore oil drilling amid deep voter anger at soaring gasoline prices. Lawmakers backed the bill by a 243-179 margin, but it was unlikely to clear the Senate, where majority Democrats have called…

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…

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