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Obama Says DOMA Violates Protections Of 14th Amendment

President Barack Obama’s administration has announced that it will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which is a Federal law that defines marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman. 

Majority Of Americans Want Compromise To Avoid Government Shutdown

With a government shutdown looming if Congress and the President can’t agree on a budget by March 4, a majority of Americans are hoping that the two political parties can meet in the middle. 

Higher Doses Of Vitamin D May Be Required In Order To Prevent Illness

A study that was recently published in the journal Anticancer Research suggests that current recommendations for vitamin D intake — about 600 international units (IU), according to the National Institutes of Health — are inadequate to prevent cancer. 

Human Rights Group Pans U.S. For Weak Policies On Paid Parental Leave

The advocacy group Human Rights Watch has released a report that criticizes the United States for its weak or nonexistent laws on paid leave for new parents. 

Investors Turn To Gold Amid Unrest In Libya

The growing political chaos in Libya has caused oil prices to spike and has raised concerns about further inflation in the United States. 

Arizona Lawmakers Advance Immigration Bill That Targets Birthright Citizenship

A sweeping immigration reform bill in Arizona has passed a critical procedural vote and will move to the Senate floor. According to media reports, an Arizona Senate committee approved a sweeping bill on Feb. 22 that would deny automatic citizenship to children of illegal immigrants. 

Alcohol May Protect The Heart – But Don’t Get Carried Away

Researchers from the University of Calgary have recently published a paper in the British Medical Journal which supports previous advice that drinking alcoholic beverages in moderation may be good for heart health. 

Emanuel To Become First Jewish Mayor Of Chicago

Rahm Emanuel has been elected to succeed longtime Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, accruing enough votes on Feb. 22 to avoid a run-off election in April. 

Conservative Critics Say First Lady Contradicts Her Own Eating Initiative

During her husband’s first term as President, First Lady Michelle Obama has advocated for healthier diets and more active lifestyles among Americans. However, some critics have argued that the President’s spouse is not heeding her own advice. 

NYC Cracks Down On Outdoor Smoking

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has signed a law that will outlaw smoking in the city’s parks, beaches, boardwalks and other public locations. 

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