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Obama signs short-term funding bill into law

President Barack Obama early Wednesday signed into law a stopgap measure to fund the US government through November 18 after US lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the bill. The US House of Representatives passed the measure on Tuesday by a 352-66 vote, sending it to the White House with plenty of time to avert a partial government shutdown. The White…

Cain disagrees with House GOP on FEMA funding

Fresh off of winning the Florida GOP straw poll, Herman Cain appeared on CNN’s American Morning Monday to discuss his sudden momentum in the presidential race, as well as the current battle on Capital Hill over disaster relief funding. Asked by host Carol Costello if he agreed with the House…

Cain disagrees with House GOP on FEMA funding

Fresh off of winning the Florida GOP straw poll, Herman Cain appeared on CNN’s American Morning Monday to discuss his sudden momentum in the presidential race, as well as the current battle on Capital Hill over disaster relief funding. Asked by host Carol Costello if he agreed with the House…

Homeless veteran numbers drop by 55,000: VA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of homeless veterans on any given night has dropped by over 55,000, the Department of Veterans Affairs said on Friday, due in part to programs like the $46.2 million announced Thursday to provide permanent housing for 6,790 homeless veterans. Despite a still-stagnant economy and increased…

New Hampshire Councilman who voted to defund Planned Parenthood: I won’t pay for ‘partying’ women

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Planned Parenthood has stopped providing birth control pills and other contraception in New Hampshire after the state’s executive council rejected up to $1.8 million in funding for the group, which also provides privately-funded abortions. The move is expected to affect an average of 120 low-income…

Democrats challenge Obama’s Afghan withdrawal plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic lawmakers fed up with the lingering war inAfghanistan launched a new challenge to President Barack Obama’s plan for a measured U.S. troop withdrawal over the next year as they resumed debate on Wednesday on a $649 billion defense spending bill. Democratic members of the House of Representatives proposed a series of…

Wisconsin cuts Planned Parenthood, denying 12,000 women needed care

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) signed a $66 billion budget yesterday that reduced funding for education and health care, cutting off all state and federal funding for nine Planned Parenthood clinics state-wide. Loss of the clinics, which provide preventative health screenings, reproductive education and abortion services, will leave over 12,000…

Supreme Court upends taxpayer-funded campaigns

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a law that “triggers” public funding of elections in Arizona in the event of a candidate being heavily outspent by an opponent awash with private funds. The vote was split 5-4, with the conservative majority ultimately winning out. The ruling declared public…

Planned Parenthood Indiana to stop seeing Medicaid patients

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – Planned Parenthood of Indiana will stop seeing Medicaid patients after Monday because of an Indiana law that cut the provider’s funding. PPIN went to court last month to prevent Indiana from cutting funding to the state’s largest reproductive health care provider. U. S. District Judge Tanya Walton…

House Republicans look to pull funding for net neutrality

Money earmarked for the enforcement of net neutrality policies may not make it to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this year, if House Republicans have their way. In an appropriations bill (PDF) which cleared the House Appropriations Committee yesterday, blocking out funds for financial services and government operations, legislative language specifically…

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