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Unemployment Extension Bill Fails To Pass Once Again

Just minutes before adjourning for the holiday break, Senate Republicans again killed a $33.9 billion spending bill on June 30 that would have extended unemployment benefits to more than 1.7 million laid-off workers.  

Cigarette Taxes Go Up As States Seek To Close Budget Gaps

Plagued by ballooning budget deficits, five states across the nation raised cigarette taxes on July 1 in an effort to close those gaps. However, opponents argue that this approach may be counterproductive, as it may cost businesses more in terms of lost sales. 

Obama Responds Harshly To Boehner's Critique Of Proposed Financial Reform Bill

An incensed President Obama attacked House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) last week, blasting the Republican lawmaker for his recent critique of the financial reform bill currently being debated in Congress. 

Obama Calls For Federal Immigration Reform, Asks For GOP Support

With Arizona’s new immigration law less than 30 days away from being enacted, President Obama called out Republicans last week, pressuring them to help congressional Democrats develop a comprehensive immigration reform strategy. 

Dark Chocolate Consumption May Help Moderately Lower Blood Pressure

Results of a comprehensive new meta-analysis confirm the results of earlier studies that suggest the moderate consumption of dark chocolate may help hypertensive patients naturally lower their blood pressure. 

Vitamin D Linked To Improved 'Mental Agility' Among Seniors

The body of scientific evidence supporting vitamin D supplementation expanded last week with the release of a new study linking the nutrient to improved cognitive function among the elderly. 

SAF Files Gun Rights Lawsuit In North Carolina

Critics of the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down Chicago’s handgun ban as unconstitutional have expressed concerns that the decision may open floodgates to lawsuits across the country. In fact, there are early signs that this may already be happening. 

Kagan Calls Supreme Court Ruling On Gun Ban 'Binding Precedent,' Offers Few Insights On Own Views

Under questioning from her Senate confirmation panel, United States Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan expressed her acceptance of the highest court’s recent decision to overturn the long-standing Chicago gun ban. 

Sessions Questions Kagan's Stance On The Military

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) challenged Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan last week after she justified her decision to limit military recruiters’ access to Harvard Law School students during her tenure as dean. 

Brewer, Perry Blast Administration's Border Security Plan

Texas Governor Rick Perry and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer denounced the White House’s border security plan on Monday after attending a long-awaited meeting with Federal officials sent by President Obama. 

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