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Gingrich calls for Obama to withdraw Kagan nomination

There will be no need for the Senate to waste their time interviewing President Barack Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court if Newt Gingrich has his way. Fox News’ Chris Wallace asked Gingrich Sunday what he thought of the nomination of Elena Kagan. “I think the president should withdraw it,”…

Italian top court rejects gay marriage

ROME — Italy’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday rejected legal recognition of gay marriage, saying arguments in its favour were either “unfounded” or “inadmissible.” Courts in Venice and Trento in the northeast sought the court’s opinion after gay rights groups questioned whether the bar to same-sex marriage was a violation of…

Republicans unite to halt trials of alleged 9/11 plotters

US lawmakers Tuesday unveiled plans to block public funding for US-based trials involving Guantanamo detainees who are accused of plotting the September 11, 2001 attacks. Republican lawmakers Frank Wolf and Lindsey Graham joined forces to introduce legislation which “would explicitly block this dangerous and wasteful trial from any domestic civilian…

Judge drops charges against Blackwater guards accused of massacre

In a rebuke to government prosecutors, a federal judge dismissed criminal charges against five Blackwater security guards accused of fatally shooting 14 people in Baghdad in September 2007. Judge Ricardo Urbina said on Thursday prosecutors violated the defendants’ rights by using incriminating statements they had made under immunity during a…

Judge dismisses charges against Blackwater defendants

WASHINGTON (AFP) – In a rebuke to government prosecutors, a federal judge dismissed criminal charges against five Blackwater security guards accused of fatally shooting 14 people in Baghdad in September 2007. Judge Ricardo Urbina said on Thursday prosecutors violated the defendants’ rights by using incriminating statements they had made under…

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