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CIA Pushes Back On Benghazi In Public Hearing

WASHINGTON (UPI) — In a rare public hearing Tuesday, the former CIA chief who was in charge when an American installation in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked in 2012 pushed back on Republican accusations the agency had deliberately misled the public over the attack’s events and who was responsible for them. Then-Deputy Director Michael Morell categorically […]

Cruz Tells Liberty University Students Religious Liberty Is Under Assault

Senator Ted Cruz, speaking to students at Liberty University, charged that President Barack Obama’s healthcare law forces religious believers to violate their faith. Cruz (R-Texas) also said the Internal Revenue Service violated the 1st Amendment in its investigation to determine the status of conservative groups. He said “the Federal government has no business asking any […]

Teacher Falsely Reports School Shooting As April Fool’s Prank

Teacher Angela Timmons was arrested after falsely reporting a school shooting at Virginia College, where she worked, as an April Fool’s Day prank. Timmons texted her daughter from work, saying she heard gunshots inside the school and was hiding for her safety. When the daughter, April Timmons, responded and didn’t hear back from mother, she […]

Poll Finds Majority In U.S. Support Treating Instead Of Jailing Drug Users

Two-thirds of U.S. residents believe the emphasis should be on treatment, not jail, for nonviolent drug users, according to a poll released Wednesday. The Pew Research Center said that 76 percent of respondents, including 69 percent of Republicans, said jail should not be the penalty for marijuana possession. However, the survey also found a shift […]

Supreme Court Rules Campaign Contribution Caps UnConstitutional

The Supreme Court Wednesday made one of their most significant campaign finance decisions by declaring caps on campaign contributions unConstitutional in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. In the 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court justices removed the contribution limits and said individuals should be able to give the maximum per-candidate and per-party contributions […]

Senate Votes To End Debate On Unemployment Insurance Extension

WASHINGTON (UPI) — A measure to renew expired unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless took another key step forward in the Senate Wednesday morning. Senators voted by the slimmest of margins, 61-38, to limit debate and avoid any threat of filibuster on the deal that would extend payment of benefits to the long-term unemployed for […]

Mississippi Legislature Approves ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill

Supporters of Mississipppi’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act say its aim is to protect believers, not to discriminate against gays. The bill, after two re-draftings, passed both houses by large margins Tuesday. In the House, the vote was 79-43 and in the Senate 37-14. Republican Governor Phil Bryant must now decide whether to sign it. Two […]

Report: Donald Rumsfeld Lies About Saddam Hussein, Al-Qaida And 9/11 In Errol Morris Documentary

Filmmaker Errol Morris caught former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld telling lies about some very serious subject matter in his documentary In “The Unknown Known.” In the movie, Morris reportedly shows Rumsfeld lying about Saddam Hussein, al-Qaida and 9/11. The title of the film is taken from Rumsfeld’s response when he was asked about the merit […]

Congress Sends Ukraine Aid Bill To Obama’s Desk

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The House voted Tuesday night to send legislation for President Barack Obama’s signature to provide a $1 billion loan guarantee to Ukraine and put in place new sanctions on Russia. Voting 378-34, the House action ended weeks of wrangling over the contents of the bill, which passed in the Senate last week […]

Charles Keating Jr., Who Became Face Of Savings And Loan Scandal, Dies At 90

Charles H. Keating Jr., a major figure in the 1980s savings and loan scandal whose political contributions ensnared five U.S. Senators, has died. He was 90. Keating had been living in Phoenix, where he made a fortune in real estate before buying Lincoln Savings & Loan, an Irvine, Calif., company, in 1984. He died late […]

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