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Former Vice-President Dick Cheney heavily criticized the Obama administration and Attorney General Eric Holder last week over their handling of the five alleged 9/11 conspirators who are set to be tried in a civilian court in New York City, according to Newsmax.com.
Last week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the largest business lobby group in the country, urged the Obama administration to advance three free trade agreements that have been pending since the president took office earlier this year, Reuters reports.
A request by a Roman Catholic bishop that Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) not take Holy Communion because of his pro-abortion stance has sparked a heated debate about the boundaries between church and state.
President Obama met with his national security team last week, and his office said he will announce today whether he will send more troops to Afghanistan.
Two senators have introduced legislation that would double nuclear energy output in the U.S. over the next 20 years. Democratic Senator Jim Webb of Virginia and Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee unveiled the $20 billion Clean Energy Act of 2009, which hopes to create advances in nuclear technology and other clean technologies, while lowering carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases.
After failing to block the debate on the Senate healthcare reform legislation, the Republicans have singled out three Democrats who they say betrayed their principles and electoral pledges by voting to break the filibuster.
The Senate voted along party lines 60-39 to open debate on the Senate healthcare reform bill, but after scoring that victory the Democrats are admitting they will have to compromise in order to gather enough votes to pass the legislation.
Americans United for Life Action (AULA), a national anti-abortion group, has recently stated that it will vigorously fight the Senate healthcare bill, which was moved to debate by last Saturday’s vote.
Federal prosecutors in New York recently took over four mosques and a skyscraper owned by a Muslim organization accused of terrorist ties, but the action has drawn heavy criticism from Islamic advocates.
On Nov. 17 the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform announced the approval of the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2009 which will make employment benefits available to the same-sex domestic partners of federal employees.