Wednesday , 17 September 2014

Politics

Obama: ‘Every Gray Hair Is Worth It’

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(MILWAUKEE) — Fired up and in campaign form, President Obama delivered what appeared to be a pre-midterm stump speech on Monday to labor activists in Wisconsin, the state that became the labor movement’s political epicenter in 2011. “Every gray hair is worth it,” he told the crowd, of pressing for economic policies such as ... Read More »

Congresswoman and Iraq War Vet Tammy Duckworth is Pregnant

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Scott Olson/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Illinois Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth has announced she’s pregnant. In 2004, the veteran lost both of her legs and part of an arm when her helicopter was shot down in the Iraq War. She says she became pregnant through a form of in vitro fertilization, and now she and her husband are expecting a baby girl in ... Read More »

California Passes Plastic Bag Ban

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iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would make California the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic grocery bags. State lawmakers okayed the bill Friday after protections were added for plastic bag manufacturers. The measure makes plastic bags illegal statewide at grocery stores and large pharmacies. It includes $2 million in ... Read More »

Obama Pushes for Increased Minimum Wage in Weekly Address

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — With Labor Day just around the corner, President Obama outlined the arguments behind his continued push for an increased minimum wage in his weekly address. Obama reiterated once again that Congress should act to help hardworking Americans around the country. Obama raised the minimum wage for federal workers to $10.10 per hour ... Read More »

Federal Judge Rejects Part of Restrictive Texas Abortion Law

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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) — A federal judge rejected part of the state’s abortion law that would have required abortion clinics to meet hospital-level operating room standards by Sept. 1 or close. The law would have left just seven facilities in Texas as legal abortion sites. For now, at least 19 such facilities will remain open. An appeal from the state is ... Read More »

Mississippi Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Seeking to Overturn Sen. Thad Cochran’s Primary Win

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Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(JACKSON, Miss.) — A Mississippi judge threw out a lawsuit Friday filed by Senate candidate Chris McDaniel who sought to overturn Senator Thad Cochran’s narrow victory in their June primary runoff. Judge Hollis McGehee ruled that McDaniel failed to file the challenge within the 20-day period required by Mississippi law. McGehee’s decision was issued a day ... Read More »

President Obama Says ‘We Don’t Have a Strategy Yet’ to Fight ISIS

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama admitted Thursday that his administration does not have a strategy to combat the militant Islamic group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria that has grabbed large chunks of Iraq and Syria. The president said he would be meeting later Thursday with the National Security Council. “The options that I’m asking ... Read More »

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill to Lead Senate Hearing on Demilitarization of Local Police

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US Senate(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, will chair a Senate hearing on the militarization of local police, she announced on Thursday. The hearing will take place on Sept. 9 and McCaskill, the chairperson of the Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight — and also a senator from the state where police utilized military-style equipment in confrontations with protesters following ... Read More »

US Attorney’s Office Declines to Press Charges in Death of Navy Yard Shooter

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FBI(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia announced Wednesday that there will be no charges filed against law enforcement officers in the shooting death of Aaron Alexis, the man who attacked and killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard last year. After reviewing witness statements, surveillance video, photographs, diagrams and other evidence and reports, the ... Read More »

Defense Rests in McDonnell Trial, Closing Arguments Could Begin Thursday

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Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The defense rested in the trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Wednesday, and closing arguments could begin as soon as Thursday. McDonnell is accused of accepting gifts in exchange for special treatment of a businessman from Star Scientific. The CEO of the company testified earlier in the trial that he believes he ... Read More »