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GOP-tapped law firm backs out of DOMA defense

WASHINGTON – The law firm tapped by House Republicans to defend the Defense of Marriage Act abruptly backed out of the case on Monday, citing an “inadequate” vetting process for the engagement. “Today the firm filed a motion to withdraw from its engagement to represent the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group…

White House dragging its feet on wiretapping rules

Citing the need to protect intellectual property and consumer information like the emails that were leaked in this week’s massive Epsilon hack, the Senate Judiciary Committee called a hearing Wednesday to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Committee member Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) emphasized that while amending the law and…

US ‘deeply concerned’ over Yemen violence

WASHINGTON – The United States is “deeply concerned” over the continuing deaths and injuries to protesters in Yemen and demanded that the “violence must cease immediately,” a State Department spokesman said Sunday. “The United States is deeply concerned by continuing reports of deaths and injuries at demonstrations throughout Yemen in…

GM financial chief leaves after one year

DETROIT – General Motors chief financial officer Chris Liddell, a key architect of the automaker’s revival after its 2008-09 near-collapse, announced his resignation Thursday after one year in the job. The former Microsoft executive who turned to the auto industry to help with GM’s $49.5 billion government bailout and reorganization…

Ohio bill curbing union rights expected to draw protests

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – Ohio’s state capital is expected to be the site of massive union protests on Tuesday as legislators consider a bill to curtail collective bargaining rights for public workers and eliminate their right to strike. Republican supporters of Senate Bill 5 say the limits to public workers’…

Seaweed defense offers clues against malaria

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Seaweed emits a natural chemical response to ward off fungi that would otherwise colonize an injured plant, a process that could help the search for anti-malaria drugs, a US scientist said Monday. Up to a million people per year die from malaria, which can be caused by…

Ron Paul: ‘Government is in the process of failing’

Is he running for US Senate? Is he signaling his bid for US president? Or is he hinting at something deeper within the US political climate? Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) sounded like he was about to hit the campaign trail again during his speech at a right-wing forum Friday, but…

ElBaradei proposes national unity government in Egypt

WASHINGTON — Leading Egyptian dissident Mohamed ElBaradei proposed Thursday that a three-person national unity government succeed President Hosni Mubarak and his deputy, and steer Egypt to democracy. In an interview with Foreign Policy Magazine, ElBaradei said the US-backed transition process led by Vice President Omar Suleiman will fail to take…

Hague warns Israel over ‘belligerent’ rhetoric

LONDON — Foreign Secretary William Hague warned “belligerent” Israel to tame its rhetoric and said unrest in Arab countries may hinder the peace process, in comments published on Wednesday. Hague told the London Times that recent popular uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan could undermine the search for a permanent…

Karzai to announce Afghan handover start March 21

MUNICH (Reuters) – The president of Afghanistan said Sunday he would announce the start of a process to transfer the responsibility for security to Afghan forces from international forces on March 21. NATO agreed with President Hamid Karzai at a summit in November to begin the handover to Afghan forces…

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