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Texas to pass bill allowing guns on college campuses

WASHINGTON – Texas is poised to approve a measure allowing college students and professors to carry guns on campus, an initiative with strong support in the state legislature that critics concede they probably can’t stop. The legislation has been championed by Gov. Rick Perry, co-sponsored by over half the lawmakers…

House votes to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON – By a vote of 240 to 185, the House of Representatives approved a measure Friday that would defund the health and abortion services group Planned Parenthood. The measure was attached as an amendment to the appropriations bill funding the government for fiscal 2011. It passed on a largely…

Republicans shrug off setbacks

WASHINGTON — Top US Republicans put on a brave face this week after a series of surprise setbacks, some suffered at the hands of their own archconservative political shock troops in the “Tea Party.” “We’re in a new era,” House Speaker John Boehner told reporters, shrugging off his woes as…

Republicans find tempest in the Tea Party

WASHINGTON – Top US Republicans put on a brave face this week after a series of surprise setbacks, some suffered at the hands of their own archconservative political shock troops in the Tea Party. “We’re in a new era,” House Speaker John Boehner told reporters, shrugging off his woes as…

Senate urges transfer of power in Egypt

WASHINGTON — The US Senate late Thursday unanimously approved a symbolic resolution urging Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to create a caretaker government but stopping short of urging him to step down. Shocked and angered by television images of Mubarak supporters charging anti-government demonstrators, lawmakers called for quick, “concrete” steps towards…

Mocking health reform, Republicans propose mandating gun ownership

In a measure apparently mocking the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance mandate, Republican lawmakers in South Dakota want to force everyone over 21 years of age to buy a gun by 2012. If the measure passes, those turning 21 would have six months to buy a firearm “sufficient to provide…

House to take up health care repeal next week, Cantor spokesman tells Raw

The office of Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) confirmed to Raw Story that the House would move forward with its bill to repeal health care reform next week. “As the White House noted, it is important for Congress to get back to work, and to that end we will resume…

Congress passes contentious Obama-GOP tax deal

US lawmakers gave final approval late Thursday to President Barack Obama’s contentious deal with Republicans to avert a New Year’s tax hike and extend aid to the jobless, despite a Democratic rebellion. A day after the Senate passed the package by an 81-19 margin, the House of Representatives approved it…

Senate Majority Leader Reid drops nearly $1.3T spending bill

Democrats controlling the Senate have abandoned a 1,924-page catchall spending measure that’s laced with homestate pet projects known as earmarks and that would have provided another $158 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nevada Democrat Harry Reid gave up on the nearly $1.3 trillion bill after several Republicans…

House opposes declaration of Palestinian state

The US House of Representatives late Wednesday approved a measure condemning unilateral measures to declare or recognize a Palestinian state, and backing a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The House measure comes after Brazil, and later Argentina and Uruguay, in early December recognized a Palestinian state within the 1967…

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