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White House launches challenge to create anti-sexual assault app

The Apple iPhone slogan and refrain of smartphone users worldwide — “there’s an app for that” — will soon be true of sexual assault prevention as well. The White House, the Department of Health and Human Services and Vice President Joe Biden launched a joint challenge that is hoped to…

French finance minister Lagarde poised to lead IMF

WASHINGTON, June 27 (Reuters) – French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde appeared poised to become the head of the International Monetary Fund this week despite a strong challenge to Europe’s traditional hold on the job. An informal survey by Reuters of voting countries indicated Lagarde would easily get the majority consensus…

Teapartier told to reimburse Alaska for election challenge

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Failed Senate candidate Joe Miller must reimburse Alaska more than $17,000 in legal fees and costs incurred during his fight to overturn Lisa Murkowski’s write-in victory, a state judge ruled on Friday. Miller, a Tea Party favorite, beat the more moderate Murkowski in the Republican primary.…

U.S. hopes Iraq will ask troops to stay: Gates

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday he hopes Iraqi leaders will ask US troops to stay in their country beyond a year-end deadline but acknowledged the United States was unpopular there. While extending the US military presence beyond this year would send an important message to Arab…

Mexico tourism booms despite drug violence

LAS VEGAS — The gruesome headlines from Mexico’s drug war may be the stuff of nightmares, but there is little sign the millions of foreign tourists who visit the country each year are losing much sleep over it. Not only has international tourism not suffered in Mexico because of the…

Olympian Carl Lewis clears first political hurdle

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Former Olympic track star Carl Lewis won the first leg in his race to become a New Jersey state senator on Wednesday when a judge ruled in his favor on a Republican challenge to his candidacy. State Administrative Judge John Schuster III recommended throwing out the challenge…

Supreme Court rules against challenge to religious school aid

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Monday against a challenge to tax aid to religious schools in Arizona. In the 5 to 4 decision [PDF], the court ruled that taxpayers cannot challenge government scholarship programs that direct money to religious activities. The Supreme Court said the taxpayers who…

EXCLUSIVE: LGBT immigration advocates plan DOMA challenge

In the wake of the decision by the Obama Administration that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and that they would not defend it in court, many LGBT couples are waiting to see just what effect the ruling will have on their access to federal benefits…

Kucinich: Obama should face liberal primary challenger in 2012

WASHINGTON – Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) said Thursday that President Barack Obama “absolutely” ought to face a Democratic primary challenge from the left in 2012, predicting it would make him “stronger.” “I think primaries can have the opportunity of raising the issues and make the Democratic candidate a stronger candidate,”…

Bush-appointed judge dismisses legal challenge to health reform

WASHINGTON – A federal judge on Thursday sided with the Obama administration on the sweeping health care reform law, throwing out a challenge to its constitutionality. Keith Starrett, a George W. Bush- appointed US District Court judge in southern Mississippi, said opponents of the individual mandate had offered “insufficient” basis…

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