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White House proposes bill to protect US from cyberattacks

WASHINGTON — The White House proposed draft legislation on Thursday aimed at toughening the defenses of government and private industry against the growing danger from cyberattack. “Our nation is at risk,” the White House said in a statement. “Cybersecurity vulnerabilities in our government and critical infrastructure are a risk to…

Wisc. GOP rushes to restrict voters ahead of recall elections

Claiming they only wish to prevent voter fraud, Wisconsin Republicans are rushing a bill that would impose additional identification requirements on citizens who attempt to cast a ballot — all ahead of key recall elections that could see the GOP thrown from power in the state. The new rules would…

Internet ‘Do Not Track’ bill introduced in Senate

WASHINGTON — Privacy and consumer groups welcomed a “Do Not Track” bill introduced in the US Senate on Monday that would let Internet users block companies from gathering information about their online activities. The Do-Not-Track Online Act of 2011 was introduced by Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, the…

Fla. lawmakers require drug tests for welfare recipients

A bill that would require all Florida welfare recipients to pass a drug test is on its way to the governor’s mansion, where it is expected to be signed into law immediately. Fla. lawmakers passed the bill Thursday, buoyed by strong support from Republicans and Gov. Rick Scott, who’s called…

Offshore drilling bill ‘decreases safety, increases Big Oil profits’

As gas prices reach $4 per gallon, the House passed legislation Thursday that would allow offshore drilling to expand, but an environmental watchdog says the bill will not help bring down gas prices and would weaken government oversight. “It’s astounding enough that the House would even consider expanding offshore drilling…

House passes sweeping GOP anti-abortion bill

WASHINGTON – The House voted 251-175 on Wednesday to pass the GOP’s controversial anti-abortion measure H.R. 3, “The No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act.” Sixteen Democrats joined 235 Republicans in approving it. It now goes to the Senate, where it’s all but certain to perish. The White House has threatened…

‘Forcible rape’ returns as House plans vote on GOP abortion bill

WASHINGTON – The House is poised to vote Wednesday on H.R. 3, the GOP’s “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act” — and Republicans may have reignited an explosive controversy they swiftly backed down from at first. The initial version of the legislation sought to limit government-subsidized abortion coverage even in…

House to vote on anti-abortion bill H.R.3 next week

WASHINGTON – House Republicans intend to hold a floor vote on their sweeping anti-abortion bill next week, Raw Story has learned. The date and time have yet to be finalized. H.R.3, “The No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act,” last month secured enough co-sponsors to pass the House. Initially a top…

Oklahoma Senate OKs Arizona-style immigration bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would create criminal penalties for undocumented immigrants who work in Oklahoma and those who smuggle them into the state. It would also give police officers more authority to question citizenship status of suspects. The bill, approved by…

Wisconsin Republican voting bill ‘morally repugnant,’ say Democrats

Voting legislation proposed by Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin would disenfranchise the state’s most vulnerable citizens and its young people, according to the Wisconsin Democratic Party. Assembly Bill 7, drafted by Rep. Jeff Stone, would require voters to show a Wisconsin driver’s license, a state-issued ID card, a military ID, a…

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