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Washington state to legalize same sex marriage

After obtaining the 25 votes required for passage, the state of Washington appears ready to legalize same sex marriage. State Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen (D) said she would be the final vote and released a statement. “I know this announcement makes me the so-called 25th vote, the vote that ensures…

Pro-choice occupiers crash anti-abortion event

The pro-life group March for Life became the latest to join the list of those receiving a mic check from protesters. During a March of Life ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, pro-choice activists took over the event with a lengthy interruption before security escorted them…

Firm stops file sharing after Megaupload case

(Reuters) – FileSonic, a website providing online data storage, has disabled its file sharing services following a U.S.-led crackdown on a rival website and amid heated debate over Washington’s attempts to clamp down on online piracy. Police in New Zealand and Europe have made a number of arrests in recent…

House Republicans try to cheer each other up at retreat

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Republicans in the House of Representatives, having seen their 2010 election victory dissolve into a near-suicidal tax fight, are promoting a repackaged jobs message they hope carries them to victory in the 2012 elections. At a three-day retreat at a harborfront hotel in Baltimore, an hour’s drive…

Romney: I ‘lived in the real streets’

Multimillionaire Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday claimed he was a regular person who “lived in the real streets of America.” During a CNN-sponsored debate in South Carolina, the former Massachusetts governor said that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s “involvement in Washington is a perfect example of why we…

Panetta: U.S. prepared for Hormuz Strait action

The United States is “fully prepared” for any confrontation with Iran over the strategic Strait of Hormuz, but hopes a dispute would be resolved peacefully, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday. “We obviously always continue to make preparations to be prepared for any contingency, but we are not making any special steps… because we’re fully…

WATCH LIVE: Obama honors MLK legacy

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a community service project in Washington, D.C. honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Watch live video from CNN, broadcast Jan. 16, 2012.  …

Occupy protesters kicked off bus on way to Washington

A group of Occupy protesters from California, who were heading to Washington, DC to participate in the Occupy Congress protest on January 17, were kicked off their Greyhound bus on Saturday night and left stranded in Amarillo, Texas. The driver, Donald Ainsworth, allegedly called the Occupiers “you people” and told…

Perry pushes for part-time Congress in new ad

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s latest campaign advertisement in Iowa calls for a part-time Congress and knocks four fellow GOP presidential hopefuls who’ve served there. “If Washington’s the problem, why trust a congressman to fix it? Among them, they’ve spent 63 years in Congress, leaving us with debt, earmarks, and bailouts.…

Tough times: U.S. military families line up for donated Christmas gifts

It’s an unlikely sight at one of the biggest US military bases: young families lining up and waiting patiently outside a warehouse for free gifts to slip under the Christmas tree. Times are tough as much for military families as for anyone else in America this Christmas, making donated toys…

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