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Top 10 most shocking spending cuts Republicans voted for

WASHINGTON – House Republicans recently passed over $60 billion in spending cuts from current levels for fiscal 2011, pitched as necessary to reduce the massive budget deficit. From disaster relief funding to aid fr abused women, the GOP went after the government’s 2011 budget with a zeal it normally reserves…

Utah governor under spotlight over immigration laws

LOS ANGELES – Controversial plans to reform Utah’s immigration laws have thrown the spotlight on the western US state’s governor, whose signature is needed to bring the new rules into force. Governor Gary Herbert is expected to ink the legislative bills passed by the Republican-controlled legislature last week after months…

Study debunks stereotypes of US Muslim radicals

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Whether an ordinary US Muslim becomes a violent extremist cannot be determined by the length of his beard or how often he goes to the mosque, experts say, urging Americans to avoid stereotypes. On the eve of controversial congressional hearings on radicalization that have raised the ire…

Exclusive: Legalization activists slam Obama’s renewed commitment to drug war

WASHINGTON – The pro-legalization group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition fretted that President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon were embarking on a counterproductive mission after the two pledged “renewed cooperation” on the drug war Thursday. “Legalization is the only way to end the cartel violence, just like ending alcohol…

US arrests 678 gang members, many tied to Mexico cartels

WASHINGTON – A two-month operation by US authorities has led to the arrests of 678 gang members from 113 different gangs, including 13 linked to Mexican drug cartels, a top law enforcement official said Tuesday. The US Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) teamed up with 170…

Wisconsin police association urges members to join sleep-in at Capitol

Wisconsin lawmakers approved a rule change on Wednesday that would allow them to close the State Capitol building over the weekend and eject the protesters who have been camping there for the last week. The new restrictions on items and sleeping areas within the Capitol were to go into effect…

Senator vows to reform the PATRIOT Act

A Democratic senator from Oregon said Tuesday that Congress must use the three month extension of the PATRIOT Act to amend the legislation so that it does not violate American’s civil liberties. “Americans deserve laws that strike the best possible balance between fighting terrorism ferociously and protecting the rights and…

FBI urges Congress to expand Internet wiretapping

The FBI urged members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security on Thursday to update the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) and make it easier for authorities to eavesdrop on Internet. The act was passed in 1994 and requires telecommunication companies to design their…

7 charged in US in Taliban plot for weapons, drugs

WASHINGTON – Seven people, including two US citizens, were charged in connection with a plot to aid the Afghan Taliban by sending weapons to the insurgents and moving tons of Afghan heroin through West Africa, officials said Monday. The US Justice Department said the two Americans were charged with conspiracy…

Arizona sues US government over illegal immigrants

PHOENIX, Arizona – Arizona is counter-suing the US government, charging that Washington has failed to protect it from an invasion of illegal immigrants and related violent crime, its governor has said. The lawsuit, which seeks federal compensation, is in response to a federal lawsuit filed by President Barack Obama’s administration…

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