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Obama to appeal stem cell research ruling

The US Justice Department said Tuesday it will appeal a judge’s decision to block federal funding for stemcell research, risking an election year fight over hot button issues of science and religion. “I can confirm we plan to appeal,” said Tracy Schmaller, a Justice Department spokesperson, adding that the department…

White House looks at ways round stem cell ruling

The White House said Tuesday it was examining a court’s decision to put a temporary block on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research to see how it could keep the “life-saving” work going. A US court on Monday ordered a halt to federal funding of the research, which President…

Court freezes Obama’s funding of embryonic stem cell research

A US court on Monday issued a temporary halt to federal funding of embryonic stem cell research which President Barack Obama had authorized, saying it involved the destruction of human embryos. US District Court Judge Royce Lamberth ruled in favor of a Christian group that opposes the research, issuing a…

Huge rise in patients on HIV drugs: UN

VIENNA — Anti-HIV drugs reached 1.2 million more people last year, the UN announced Monday at the world AIDS forum, as former US president Bill Clinton defended Barack Obama’s funding to fight the disease. The increase meant that 5.2 million people had access to drugs to repress HIV, the virus…

House panel denies aid to Afghanistan

A key House panel voted Wednesday to cut off almost $4 billion in aid to the government of Afghanistan pending an investigation into charges that Afghan officials are blocking corruption probes and huge amounts of foreign aid is being stolen. The bipartisan move by the foreign aid appropriations subcommittee comes…

Exclusive: ACORN leader says critics mounted ‘McCarthy-era war against the poor’ after report clears organization of wrongdoing

The former president of the now-dissolved activist group ACORN struck back at Republicans, Democrats and even the Obama Administration Thursday after a federal report cleared the organization of misusing federal funds and election fraud. In an exclusive interview with Raw Story — her first public remarks since the report’s release…

Congressional report clears ACORN of wrongdoing — after group forced to disband

When a duo of right-wing provocateurs posing as a pimp and prostitute released selectively-edited videos trying to impugn the community activist group ACORN, both Democrats and Republicans condemned the organization. Congress then voted to cut off federal funding for the group (a decision that was later ruled unconstitutional). Following negative…

Exclusive: Republican senator’s plan to let guns on Amtrak moves closer to reality

WASHINGTON – A Government Accountability Office study quietly released Thursday has bolstered a Republican senator’s efforts to force Amtrak’s rail service to accommodate gun toting riders or face shutdown, Raw Story has found. The GAO ruled Thursday that an amendment inserted into a transportation funding bill by Republican Sen. Roger…

Senate approves $60 billion more for wars and aid — for just four months

The US Senate has passed a supplementary funding bill worth some 60 billion dollars to finance the conflict in Afghanistan and other key projects including aid to quake-hit Haiti. The measure approved late Thursday by a 67-28 margin offers 33 billion dollars to fund President Barack Obama’s surge of 30,000…

US Senate passes 60bn funding for Afghan war

WASHINGTON — The US Senate has passed a supplementary funding bill worth some 60 billion dollars to finance the conflict in Afghanistan and other key projects including aid to quake-hit Hait. The measure approved late Thursday by a 67-28 margin offers 33 billion dollars to fund President Barack Obama’s surge…

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