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Sep 20 2013

USA Today: House passes spending bill that defunds ‘Obamacare’

The House voted 230-189 along party lines Friday to approve a stopgap spending bill to fund the federal government through mid-December, but it is facing certain defeat in the Senate because it includes language aiming to dismantle President Obama’s health care law.

Without a stopgap spending bill, the federal government will feel the effects of a shutdown when the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30. The bill extends the current rate of government spending at $986 …

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Aug 29 2013

CommonDreams: How the FBI Secretly Denies Muslim Immigrants Their Citizenship

When foreign-born US residents apply for citizenship they painstakingly jump through every legal hoop, fill out endless forms, hand over wads of cash, and nervously await a response from the government for months and sometimes years.

They rightly expect their applications to be processed by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which is a part of the Department of Homeland Security. They do not expect to have their citizenship application decided by a law enforcement …

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Aug 26 2013

CBS: Fearing a U.S. strike, Syria warns of global “chaos”

DAMASCUS, Syria A senior Syrian official said Monday that his country will defend itself against any international attack and will not be an easy target as the U.S. and other countries ramp up rhetoric in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack last week on a rebel-held neighborhood of the Syrian capital.

In an interview with The Associated Press in Damascus, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad said airstrikes or other action against Syria would also …

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Aug 23 2013

MotherJones: I Have a Copyright: The Problem With MLK’s Speech

I have a dream that on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls as they watch the footage on TV of Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his famous words. I have a dream that on the red hills of Georgia, the great-grandsons of former slaves and the great-grandsons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together …

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Aug 23 2013

HuffPost: FBI Agent: We’ve Dismantled The Leaders Of Anonymous

The hacker collective Anonymous has not produced as many high-profile cyber attacks as it once did, a drop-off that can be directly attributed to the arrests of the group’s core members, an FBI official told The Huffington Post this week.

Starting in late 2010, Anonymous captured worldwide attention through a series of attacks against U.S. companies and government agencies, stealing data and defacing or crashing websites.

But the arrests last year of five members of Lulz Security, …

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Aug 23 2013

HuffPost: Syrian Mother Hugs Dead Children After Alleged Gas Attack (VIDEO)

A somber video out of Syria appears to show a mother saying goodbye to her children following an alleged attack with chemical weapons on the outskirts of Damascus on Wednesday. Activists and members of the Syrian opposition have reported a death toll ranging between 136 and 1,300 victims.

Though the footage could not be independently verified, the gut-wrenching images show a woman hugging a deceased child in silence, then briefly examining another. She then covers the …

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Aug 23 2013

Guardian: Force-feeding prisoners in California and Guantánamo solves nothing

The California Prison hunger strike that began on 8 July reached a critical stage this week when authorities were given the go ahead to force-feed inmates as they near death. At the time the order was issued, approximately 129 men were still participating in the strike and 69 of those had been starving themselves since the beginning meaning that organ failure may be imminent. While no one wants to see the prisoners die, the decision …

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Aug 22 2013

Vice: Furious Buddhists Are Making Life Hell for Sri Lanka’s Muslims

Muslims are under attack in Sri Lanka. Recent reports indicate that gangs of Buddhists have been roaming the streets, administering bloody mob beatings, and attacking places where Muslims work and worship. Raw pork has been thrown into mosques, the Halal logo has been banned, and the prominent Muslim government critic Azad Sally has been arrested. One dramatic incident ended with government commandos being deployed to maintain law and order after a gang of Buddhists …

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Aug 22 2013

firedoglake: Obama Punishes Medical Marijuana Patients in Many Ways Besides Arrest

Despite overwhelming support from the general public, significant backing from medical doctors, and even several prominent Republicans publicly acknowledging cannabis has a legitimate medical use, the Obama administration officially insists it does not.

The administration’s traditional dodge when asked to explain this unpopular and scientifically unjustifiable position is to act as if it is a non-issue because they are not arresting medical marijuana patients. When Jessica Yellin asked on Wednesday why the administration refused to use …

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Aug 22 2013

AlJazeera: US sues Texas over voter registration law

The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday that it will sue Texas to block a state law which requires proof of citizenship to vote, the latest volley in a nationwide battle over controversial voter ID laws, which critics say disenfranchise immigrants, people of color and the elderly.

In a press release, the DOJ also stated that it will separately intervene in the state’s redistricting laws. The release states that both laws were adopted with the “purpose, and …

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