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Catholic academics slam Boehner for ‘anti-life’ voting record

WASHINGTON – More than 80 Catholic professors decreed in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) that his policies are “anti-life” and out of line with the teachings of the Church because they harm the “poor and vulnerable.” “Mr. Speaker, your voting record is at variance from one of…

New York’s Gov. Cuomo drives same-sex marriage debate

ALBANY, New York (Reuters) – In a push to legalize same-sex marriage, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has emerged as a closed-door strategist, allowing gay rights groups to own the public campaign and also the loss that could result if legislation fails this year. Cuomo, a Democrat in his first year in…

Pakistan says it knew of U.S. raid after it began

DUBAI — Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik told an Arab satellite TV on Monday he knew of the US raid which killed Osama bin Laden only 15 minutes after its launch but had no idea of the target. “I was made aware of the operation 15 minutes after it started,”…

Obama questions Pakistan over Osama bin Laden

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama pressed Pakistan on Sunday to probe how Osama bin Laden managed to live for years under the noses of its military, saying he must have had some kind of support network. But one week after an elite team of Navy SEALs killed the Al-Qaeda…

Bernanke seen indicating no haste to tighten Fed policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Wednesday will likely use his first-ever news conference on monetary policy to hammer home the case for a patient approach to withdrawing the central bank’s extensive support for theU.S. economy. Following a two-day Fed policy meeting, Bernanke will face the press in the first regularly…

NY allows conjugal visits for inmates in same-sex marriages

The New York state prison system recently changed its regulations to allow inmates in same-sex marriages or civil unions conjugal visits from their partners, as well as a tweak that will allow inmates to visit their partners if they are terminally ill. On the heels of last week’s unprecedented, massive…

Poll: Majority of Republicans want higher taxes on the rich

WASHINGTON – A majority of self-identified Republicans favor higher taxes on wealthy Americans, according to a new ABC/Washington Post poll published Tuesday. Fifty-four percent of Republicans support calls to raise marginal tax rates on family income higher than $250,000, as President Barack Obama called for last Wednesday in a speech.…

Poll: Majority support legalizing same sex marriage

A majority of Americans support legalizing same sex marriage, according to a new CNN poll released Tuesday — the latest example of an ongoing paradigm shift on the divisive issue. Fifty-one percent of American adults surveyed said the law ought to recognize “marriages between gay and lesbian couples” as valid.…

Clinton vows full support for disaster-stricken Japan

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged full support for quake-hit Japan on Sunday as the operator of its stricken nuclear plant said it expects to achieve “cold shutdown” in six to nine months. Japan’s embattled Tokyo Electric Power Company(TEPCO) offered the timeline more than five weeks after a giant quake…

Palestinian support for attacks drops

JERUSALEM — Overall Palestinian support for suicide bombings against Israeli civilians and the firing of rockets into Israel has dropped since 2009, with a majority opposed to both, a poll showed on Sunday. The survey conducted by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre found that support for Palestinian “military operations”…

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