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Abortion Rights Under Fire: Why Wendy Davis' Filibuster Matters

A brave state legislator and an army of feminist supporters have stopped Texas' extreme anti-choice law for now, but the fight is just beginning<p>On …

Mexican journalist urges U.S. to act cautiously when beefing up border security

The U.S. Senate is building momentum toward passing an immigration reform bill that includes a major increase in funding for security along the southern border.<p>Some $30 billion would be spent to increase patrols and fencing on the border between the United States in Mexico — funding that's viewed …

Immigration

Monitoring group says Syria toll tops 100,000

More than 100,000 people have been killed in Syria's uprising, a monitoring group has said, as a proposed Geneva peace conference looked set to be delayed, dimming hopes for an end to the bloodshed.<p>The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists and officials on the …

Retailers Push To Delay Obamacare

Retailers are pushing for changes to the Affordable Care Act that would redefine full-time employment and greatly change health care eligibility.<p>The National Retail Federation appeared before a Congressional panel today to raise concerns about the ACA (Obamacare). They cited confusion about the …

Activists Say Gay Marriage Will Be Legal Across America in 5 Years

Today's Supreme Court rulings only legalize unions in California, but campaigners say they set the stage for fast changes nationwide.<p><i>This post has been updated with additional information.</i><p>Gay-marriage advocates were celebrating Wednesday's Supreme Court decisions not just because of what they mean …

The Girl on the Other End of Trayvon's Phone Speaks

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>There were no knock-knock jokes, thankfully, but the third day of George Zimmerman's murder trial …

Clintons hail DOMA ruling

Among the most prominent voices to hail the Supreme Court's decision calling the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional was the Democratic president who signed it into law: Bill Clinton.<p>"By overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, the Court recognized that discrimination towards any group holds …

Student loan deal close but likely to miss deadline

Negotiators say agreement may be reached after July 4 break.<p>WASHINGTON—Congress is about to miss a July 1 deadline to head off an impending doubling of college loan rates. But key negotiators say a deal is within sight and likely to be reached after Congress returns from the July 4 break.<p>"We'll …

Immigration Splits Conservative Parties in Both the U.S. and the U.K.

Whereas reform is creating rifts in the GOP, it's driven by splintering among the British Conservatives.<p>Reuters<p>A proposal for sweeping immigration reform, hammered out by the bipartisan group of senators called the Gang of Eight, passed a key test in the Senate Monday when 67 senators -- including …

Malaysia turns to technology in bid to reach high-income status by 2020

Having established itself as an Asian tiger, Malaysia is now banking on technology to achieve its ambitious goal of attaining high-income status by …

Cantor Calls For Diverting Campaign Funding to Children's Health Care

WASHINGTON - In a time of continued calls for austerity, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor may have softened the Republican image this week by laying …

Harry Reid

This Climate Fix Might Be Decades Ahead Of Its Time

Every year, people add 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide to the air, mostly by burning fossil fuels. That's contributing to climate change. A few scientists have been dreaming about ways to pull some of that CO2 out of the air, but face stiff skepticism and major hurdles. This is the story of one …

Tim Huelskamp Readies Constitutional Amendment To Ban Gay Marriage

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruling Wednesday that the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional isn't stopping Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) from trying to block same-sex marriages through another route: by amending the U.S. Constitution.<p>Huelskamp said he plans to introduce the …

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Obama: Court made 'mistake' on VRA

President Barack Obama on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court’s rulings on same-sex marriage, but said the high court “made a mistake” in its decision to overturn a key piece of the Voting Rights Act.<p>Speaking from Dakar, Senegal, in his first remarks since those decisions were handed down earlier …

Chris Christie Blasts Gay Marriage Rulings (VIDEO)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) blasted the Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, calling it "wrong."<p>"I don’t think the ruling was appropriate," Christie said Thursday on his "Ask the Governor" radio show, according to Politico. "I think it was wrong."<p>Christie criticized the …

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Food Stamps Might Get Removed From House Farm Bill

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in the House of Representatives might move to separate nutrition assistance from agriculture subsidies, a move that would split the trillion dollar legislation known as the farm bill.<p>For decades, urban and rural lawmakers have relied on each other to pass five-year farm …

Brain-eating amoebas thrive in US lakes as global warming heats waterways

These deadly invaders from the deep are showing up in surprising locations<p>It’s a fatal infection without an effective treatment, and one that strikes in a decidedly gruesome manner: An amoebic organism lurking in water is inadvertently inhaled during a swim on a hot summer’s day. From there, it …

European Union

House Conservatives Threaten To Depose Boehner If He Breaks Hastert Rule On Immigration

With the Senate poised to wrap up passage of comprehensive immigration reform, House conservatives are firing a warning shot to Speaker John Boehner …

Only An Elite Group Of College Students Can Still Afford To Study Abroad

It's college for the 1 percent.<p>RELATED: 13 INSANELY EXPENSIVE STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS<p>With interest rates on student loans about to double, studying abroad has increasingly become a luxury for American college students.<p>Still, as one of the largest generations in the U.S. moves through the higher …

College & University

Advance in battle against wheat pest

<b>Scientists have engineered wheat that is resistant to stem rust, a fungal disease that has ruined crops in Africa, Yemen and Iran.</b><p>The genetic advance raises the possibility of breeding wheat that is resistant to the fungus, researchers report in the journal Science.<p>Stem rust is regarded as a major …

Middle East