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Health care reform tops Supreme Court docket

WASHINGTON — Profanity on television, police use of GPS without a warrant, and the status of Jerusalem on passports are grist for the new US Supreme Court session opening Monday, but the main event will be President Barack Obama’s landmark health care reform. The nine justices on the highest court…

Bachmann: After I win, I’ll help Obama find a job

At what CNN describes as an “enthusiastic but sparsely populated Tea Party rally” on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa, GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann declared that “as president of the United States, I look forward to creating real jobs” for President Obama and Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner. She…

Federal appeals court upholds constitutionality of heath care reform

The constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act was upheld Wednesday by one of the first federal appeals courts to hear the case. The Sixth Court of Appeals’ three-judge panel agreed 2-1 with a federal judge in Michigan who had ruled that the government could require Americans to purchase…

Greek anti-austerity protesters surround parliament

ATHENS (AFP) – Thousands of Greek protesters surrounded the parliament building in Athens on Wednesday as a general strike paralysed the country and the prime minister held emergency talks on a controversial reform package. Riot police and barricades blocked approaches to parliament as 20,000 people gathered in the capital, summoned…

Obama chases history in Puerto Rico

MIAMI (AFP) – President Barack Obama heads to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, with votes on his mind, despite the fact that the Caribbean island’s 3.8 million US citizens cannot cast ballots in general elections. Obama’s trip, the first official visit by a sitting US president since John F. Kennedy’s fondly…

Obama administration to appeal healthcare ruling

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Lawyers for President Barack Obama will on Wednesday seek to stave off the biggest legal challenge yet to healthcare reform, his signature domestic policy achievement. The administration will present oral arguments as it appeals a ruling by a Florida judge who declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional,…

Justice Clarence Thomas’s wife received $150,000 from anti-health care reform group

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas released his new financial disclosure form on Friday under pressure from Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and others. Mother Jones reported that his financial disclosure form indicates his wife, Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, received a $150,000 salary from the group Liberty Central in 2010 and less than…

Dem group’s ad depicts Paul Ryan stand-in tossing elderly woman off a cliff

Republican scare-mongering of Democratic health reform has officially come back to bite them — hard — in a rather juvenile ad from an independent Democratic group. The ad, by advocacy group The Agenda Project, depicts a man in a black suit, ostensibly a stand-in for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), pushing…

Amazon deforestation increases six-fold

BRASILIA (AFP) – A sharp increase in forest destruction in March and April in the Amazon has led Brazil to announce the creation of an emergency task force to fight against deforestation. The two-month total of 593 square kilometers (368 square miles) deforested represents a six-fold increase compared to the…

Obama: Israel Palestinian talks ‘more vital than ever’

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that political turmoil battering the Middle East made it “more vital than ever” that Israel and the Palestinians get back to the negotiating table. Despite a mood of deep pessimism surrounding Obama’s peace drive, in Israel, in Washington and in the Palestinian…

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