Republicans and Democrats from both the House and Senate voted Thursday to pass a four-year extension of several provisions of the controversial PATRIOT Act. POLITICO reported that President Barack Obama, unable to sign the extension into law in person while traveling in Europe, signed the bill into law using an autopen — a machine that replicates the President’s signature.
A new study shows many whites now believe they have replaced blacks as the primary victims of racial discrimination in America. Both whites and blacks agree that anti-black discrimination has decreased over the past 60 years, according to researchers at Tufts University’s School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Business School. But the researchers found that whites believe so-called “reverse racism” is now a bigger problem than anti-black racism.
A recently released University of Miami study shows that when historians rank Presidents, the top spots always go to Commanders in Chief who ruled from the left. According to the study, these choices reflect a fundamentally liberal bias in academia, as opposed to the merits of the Presidents themselves.
Alaska’s former Governor remains tight-lipped about whether she will seek the Republican nomination in the 2012 Presidential race. However, a new documentary about Sarah Palin’s time as Governor may foreshadow a bid.
About 5 percent of women going through pregnancy for the first time develop a condition known as preeclampsia. A recent study that was published in the British Medical Journal reveals that a dietary supplement bar that contains amino acids and antioxidants may significantly reduce a woman’s chance of developing the condition when taken during pregnancy.
The honeymoon following the killing of Osama bin Laden appears to be over for President Barack Obama. According to a new Harris Poll, nearly half of Americans — 49 percent of respondents — said that they were unlikely to vote for Obama if the election were held today.
With the loss of several potential Republican Party nominees, the field of contenders for the GOP nomination is taking shape. But a recent poll of Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents shows conservative Americans are unsure about which candidate they will support. The Gallup poll shows former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in the lead, with 17 percent and 15 percent, respectively.
On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden told reporters new tax revenues must be a part of any agreement on legislation to raise the debt limit. “I’ve made it clear today… revenues have to be in the deal,” Biden said, according to an Associated Press article on MSNBC’s website.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (R-Nev.) had harsh words for Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday, as the Senate debated proposed amendments to the PATRIOT Act. Reid accused Paul of “fighting for an amendment to protect the right — not of average citizens, but of terrorists — to cover up their gun purchases.” At issue was Paul’s desire to offer an amendment to the Act to prevent warrantless access to some gun records, reported CNN.com.
Nobel laureate scientist Sir Paul Nurse believes Freedom of information laws are being used to harass scientists. “I have been told of some researchers who are getting lots of requests for, among other things, all drafts of scientific papers prior to their publication in journals, with annotations, explaining why changes were made between successive versions,” Nurse told guardian.co.uk. “If it is true, it will consume a huge amount of time. And it’s intimidating.”