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Progressives to ‘uncloak’ the secret financers behind the Tea party

Progressive and liberal activists are planning at the end of the month to confront the secretive billionaire family that finances the so-called Tea party movement and a host of other right-wing causes and institutions. “Our government is supposed to be of, by and for the people. So are you ready to…

Supreme Court may kill Arizona’s fair campaign financing law

Less than a year after the controversial Citizens United ruling, the Supreme Court is expected to rule against an Arizona law that seeks to moderate election spending by providing subsidies to candidates who face big-spending opponents. On Monday, the Supreme court announced it would hear a challenge to the Clean…

Republicans to force vote on defunding NPR

Republicans in the House of Representatives will force a floor vote Thursday to defund NPR, a move they have been promising since the public broadcaster fired Juan Williams last month. House Republican Whip Eric Cantor and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) made it clear in a statement Wednesday that their call…

California to get another $900M from feds for rail

California to get an additional $900M from feds for high-speed rail in key race battleground Federal lawmakers say the state of California is getting another $902 million in federal funding to advance the design and construction of a high-speed rail system initially running from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The…

GOP Senate hopeful Toomey: Cut study abroad funding to keep Bush tax cuts

Pat Toomey, the Republican Senate candidate from Pennsylvania, is proposing that programs funding student travel abroad be cut in an effort to keep President Bush’s tax cuts. In a Sunday interview with Toomey, Fox News’ Chris Wallace observed that the candidate’s plan to extend all of the Bush tax cuts…

US court lifts ban on stem cell funding, pending full appeal

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday agreed to permit federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research to continue pending a full appeal, lifting an injunction issued by a federal judge and handing the Obama administration a victory. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed…

Obama heckled on AIDS, gay rights at fundraiser

Protesters pushing for AIDS funding, overturn of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ heckle Obama in NY President Barack Obama got heckled at a fundraiser Wednesday night by protesters pushing for more funding for AIDS programs and quicker action to allow gays to serve openly in the military. Activists yelled slogans and…

US court suspends ban on embryonic stem cell research

A US appeals court on Thursday suspended a ban on publically-funded embryonic stem cell research to give the judge more time to consider the case. “Upon consideration of the emergency motion for stay pending appeal… and it is ordered that the district court’s August 23, 2010 order be stayed pending…

Federal judge denies Obama’s request to restore stem cell funding

A US federal judge denied Tuesday the White House’s request to drop his decision to temporarily block federal funding for embryonic stem cell research pending an appeal of the decision. “In this court’s view, a stay would flout the will of Congress,” Judge Royce Lamberth wrote in his order. “Congress…

Obama administration appeals stem cell injunction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Tuesday appealed a ruling that blocked federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research, asking the judge who issued the injunction to put it on hold pending the appeal. The Justice Department asked Judge Royce Lamberth to lift the injunction he imposed last…

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