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Controversial Alaska Mine Project Wins One In Congress

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Supporters of the embattled Pebble Mine project in Alaska are making a desperate effort in Congress and the courts to keep it alive in the face of warnings from the Environmental Protection Agency that it could devastate the finest run of wild salmon left on the globe. Members of the U.S. House […]

Florida Judge Rules Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is UnConstitutional

(MCT) — A Florida judge overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage on Thursday, but the order carries weight in only one of the State’s 67 counties, according to court records and the American Civil Liberties Union. In a 14-page ruling, Judge Luis Garcia ordered Monroe County Clerk Amy Heavlin to issue a marriage license […]

Did Federal Shutdown Really Cause July Baby Boom In D.C.?

WASHINGTON (MCT) — For years, the weather has been blamed when there are alleged cabin fever-induced spikes in births. Now, some in the Washington area are pointing to Congress to explain packed maternity wards at several local hospitals. This July, nine months after Congress failed to pass appropriations legislation — shutting down much of the […]

Obama Offers Help For Malaysia Airlines Crash In Ukraine As Leaders React

(MCT) — After a Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 295 people crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, officials scrambled to offer condolences and to figure out who was aboard the plane and whether it was shot down. In the United States, President Barack Obama said the Nation’s top priority was to determine whether American citizens were […]

In GOP Idea Mix, Santorum Says It’s Time To Think Blue (Collar)

In GOP Idea Mix, Santorum Says It’s Time To Think Blue (Collar)

Former Pennsylvania Senator and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum is talking what sounds like Republican heresy. It’s time to move beyond Ronald Reagan, he says. Labor should be valued as much as capital. Rising income inequality is a problem.

Acting Head Of VA Says Agency Needs $17.6 Billion To Fix Problems

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The Department of Veterans Affairs needs $17.6 billion in additional funds over the next three years to meet the current needs of its patients, the troubled agency’s acting director said Wednesday. Testifying for the first time on Capitol Hill, interim VA secretary Sloan Gibson told the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs that […]

Treasury Secretary Asks Congress To Stop Tax-Avoiding Business Maneuver

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Calling for “a new sense of economic patriotism,” a top Barack Obama Administration official urged Congress to take immediate action to stop U.S. companies from reorganizing as foreign firms to avoid paying taxes. The maneuver, known as tax inversion, serves “to hollow out the U.S. corporate income tax base,” Treasury Secretary Jacob […]

Bowe Bergdahl Retains Yale Military Law Expert As His Attorney

MCALLEN, Texas (MCT) — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, freed after years of captivity in Afghanistan and returned to active duty this week, has retained an attorney — a military law expert from Yale. Eugene Fidell, who teaches military justice at Yale Law School, told the Los Angeles Times that he has been representing Bergdahl for about […]

Guantanamo Judge’s Secret Order On Secret Motion Is So Secret Defense Lawyers Can’t See It

(MCT) — In the latest installment of the Guantanamo war court’s most mysterious legal filings — two motions so secret that the public can’t know their titles — an Army judge has issued a classified order to prosecutors that even the defense lawyers can’t see. The Pentagon disclosed the existence of Army Col. James L. […]

California Governor Allows Advisory Ballot Measure On Citizens United Decision

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (MCT) — An advisory measure asking Congress to amend the U.S. Constitution and overturn the Citizens United court decision will go on the November ballot in California without Governor Jerry Brown’s signature on the enabling legislation, Brown announced Wednesday. The court decision lifting campaign contribution limits for corporations was “wrongly decided and grossly […]

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