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Madison activists push resolution to deny constitutional rights to corporations

Wisconsin activists are promoting a symbolic resolution in the city of Madison to build support for the belief that corporations don’t deserve constitutional rights like people. “Only human beings, not corporations, are entitled to constitutional rights,” reads the terse resolution offered by the group Move To Amend. “Money is not…

Syria leader dashes hopes of fast end to emergency rule

DAMASCUS – President Bashar al-Assad Wednesday blamed conspirators for unrest sweeping Syria and dashed hopes of an end to decades of emergency rule in his first speech since protests erupted two weeks ago. In a highly anticipated address to parliament that lasted almost an hour, Assad warned Syria’s “enemies” were…

WATCH LIVE: Obama outlines his new energy security policy

Watch the live feed below of President Obama’s speech at Georgetown University. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

NYC mayor booed at Triangle fire commemoration

NEW YORK — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was loudly booed Friday at a speech commemorating the deaths a century ago of 146 people in a factory fire that then led to major labor law reforms across the United States. Bloomberg was one of the principal speakers at the ceremonies…

Obama: ‘the promise that we made to the American people has been kept’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sought to energize Democratic loyalists on Wednesday in a speech laying out themes of his coming 2012 re-election bid, saying he has met many of his promises “but we aren’t finished.” He gave an early version of his 2012 stump speech to a crowd…

Twitter ordered to give WikiLeaks data to US

By Shaun Tandon WASHINGTON — A US judge ordered Twitter to hand over data of three users in contact with the controversial website WikiLeaks, rejecting arguments the move violated freedom of speech and privacy. President Barack Obama’s administration obtained a court order last year seeking information from the Twitter accounts…

China congress chief rules out multi-party system

BEIJING — China’s parliament chief Thursday ruled out any shift to multi-party democracy in a speech that appeared to pour cold water on political reform hopes sparked by remarks from Premier Wen Jiabao last year. Wu Bangguo, who is officially number two in the country’s leadership behind President Hu Jintao,…

High court rules Westboro protests are protected speech

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, in a 8-1 decision, that a church’s widely despised anti-gay protests were protected speech. The First Amendment protects the Westboro Baptist Church’s right to picket military funerals, the court said. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion for the court. “What Westboro said, in…

GOP leader John Boehner vows to eliminate ‘net neutrality’

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) vowed Monday to eliminate net neutrality rules recently enacted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), referring to the regulations as a “government takeover of the Internet.” “Right now, freedom and free expression are under attack by a power structure in Washington populated with…

Defense Secretary Gates warns against more land wars in Asia

WEST POINT MILITARY ACADEMY, New York — Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned Friday against committing the US military to big land wars in Asia or the Middle East, saying anyone proposing otherwise “should have his head examined.” Gates offered the blunt advice — hard won after a decade of bitter…

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