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Democratic Senator Jim Webb not seeking re-election in 2012

WASHINGTON – Democratic Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election in 2012. He joins several over Senate Democrats in calling it quits after the 112th Congress, including Sens. Kent Conrad (ND), Byron Dorgan (ND), and Joe Lieberman (CT), an independent who caucuses with Democrats. The…

Rep. Jane Harman to quit Congress: reports

WASHINGTON – Ten-year Rep. Jane Harman, a Democrat from California, is expected to resign from Congress soon to head the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson Center, according to three major media outlets. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell broke the news on Twitter Monday morning, writing: “[S]ources tell me Jane Harman to quit Congress succeed…

Republicans introduce legislation targeting abortion access

Republicans have recently introduced bills in the House of Representatives and Senate aimed at reducing women’s right to reproductive health services, or eliminating access to abortions altogether. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MI) proposed legislation Tuesday to recognize that life begins at the moment of conception and is entitled to legal protection…

Obama to GOP: Stop the ‘symbolic battles’ in Congress

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama urged newly empowered Republicans on Saturday not to wage “symbolic battles” against him but to instead work together to help spur job growth and economic recovery. Obama issued his appeal in his weekly radio address after Republicans took power in the House of Representatives on…

‘Empire Strikes Back’, ‘Exorcist’ named US cultural icons

WASHINGTON — “The Exorcist,” the “Star Wars” sequel and “All the President’s Men” were named to the Library of Congress National Film Registry, joining 22 other motion pictures honored this year as key reflections of US culture. Spanning the period 1891-1996, the films will be preserved for generations to come.…

Sen. Specter blasts Roberts, Alito for ‘eroding separation of powers’

Outgoing Senator Arlen Specter used his farewell speech on Tuesday to attack the Supreme Court’s two newest conservative members, suggesting they had “eroded” the separation of powers. “The Next Congress should try to stop the Supreme Court from further eroding the constitutional mandate of separation of powers,” the Republican-turned-Democrat said.…

Justice Dept. to appeal health care reform ruling

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Tuesday it would appeal against a federal judge’s ruling that a key provision of the landmark health care reform law was unconstitutional. “We intend to appeal the district court’s ruling in Virginia to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals,” a spokesman for the Department…

Dems to GOP: Don’t like government health care? Then reject yours!

A Democratic Party leader is challenging Congressional Republicans who campaigned against government-provided health care to reject theirs. Opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care law enacted in March was a centerpiece of Republican campaigns across the nation during the 2010 elections, in which the GOP made dramatic gains and retook…

House Republicans kill climate change committee

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama’s Republican foes in the House of Representatives said Wednesday they were disbanding the chamber’s committee on battling global warming, calling it a waste of money. Democrats immediately assailed what they branded the “very disappointing” decision to dismantle the Select Committee on Global Warming, which…

GOP Rep. accuses Obama of advancing ‘slavery reparations’

A Republican congressman from Iowa has accused has accused President Obama of publishing “slavery reparations” through Congress. “Figure this out, Madame Speaker: We have a very, very urban Senator, Barack Obama, who has decided he’s going to run for president, and what does he do?” Rep. Steve King (R-IA) asked on…

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