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GOP Rep. Frank Wolf: Grover Norquist profits from ‘unsavory people’

Republican Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia on the House floor Tuesday attacked Grover Norquist and his anti-tax pledge, which has been signed by nearly every Republican in the House and Senate. “My conscience has compelled me to come to the floor today to voice concerns I have with the influence…

Rep. Jackie Speier calls on Congress to address military rapes

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) on the House floor Wednesday called on Congress to do something about the pervasive problem of sexual harassment and rape that in the U.S. military. “I rise today, as I have done virtually every week, to tell a story of a man or woman in the…

Huge rare mineral deposits found in Pacific

TOKYO (Reuters) – Vast deposits of rare earth minerals, crucial in making high-tech electronics products, have been found on the floor of the Pacific Ocean and can be readily extracted, Japanese scientists said on Monday. “The deposits have a heavy concentration of rare earths. Just one square kilometer (0.4 square…

Ocean floor muddies China’s grip on ’21st-century gold’

China’s monopoly over rare-earth metals could be challenged by the discovery of massive deposits of these hi-tech minerals in mud on the Pacific floor, a study on Sunday suggests. China accounts for 97 percent of the world’s production of 17 rare-earth elements, which are essential for electric cars, flat-screen TVs,…

Illinois Republican Senator Kyle McCarter allegedly punched by Democrat Mike Jacob

A Republican lawmaker claimed that his Democratic colleague punched him Tuesday on the floor of the Illinois Senate. In a statement released June 1, Sen. Kyle McCarter said he was punched by Sen. Mike Jacobs during a debate on Senate Bill 1652, after he called attention to the fact that…

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…

Toyota US recalls more than 2 million vehicles

WASHINGTON — Japanese automaker Toyota on Thursday recalled more than two million vehicles to correct floor mats or carpets that could jam accelerator pedals, the latest in a spate of recalls to hit the firm. The voluntary move applies to some Lexus GS, RX and LX models as well as…

Maddow: GOP declares war on own promises

Republicans are off to a rough start after taking control of the House of Representatives Wednesday. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow noted Thursday that the party had only been in power for some 33 hours when they had already made, by her count, at least eight serious missteps. “Their initial pledges to…

New rules to allow Blackberries, iPads on House floor

The tech revolution is about to come to the US House of Representatives and it could mean more tweets from your favorite congressperson. Under recently proposed rules for the 112th Congress, mobile electronic devices like BlackBerries and iPads will be allowed on the House floor. Rules for the 111th Congress…

Senate Dems unanimous: Time for filibuster reform

All Senate Democrats returning to Congress next year have signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid asking him to take up filibuster reform first thing in the new year. It’s a sign that the Republicans’ use of the filibuster at historically high rates to block Democratic legislation may…

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