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How Is Your Medicine Cabinet Fueling a Heroin Boom?

Law­makers and fed­er­al health of­fi­cials are gath­er­ing Wed­nes­day on Cap­it­ol Hill to talk about how to stop the na­tion’s swell­ing opi­ate …

Karl Rove’s Awful, and Afactual, Remarks About Hillary Clinton’s Health

Where does Karl Rove come off with his ageist and sexist—and, by the way, completely afactual—remark about Hillary Clinton’s health?<p>In December 2012, …

Republicans revive bill to criminalise abortions administered after 20 weeks

• GOP pushes prison sentences for doctors under new terms • Democrats counter by citing medical risks for mothers<p>Efforts to criminalise abortions carried out after 20 weeks of pregnancy were revived in Congress on Tuesday as Senate Republicans sought to capitalise on pro-life issues as a midterm …

King: Don’t negotiate for kidnapped Nigerian girls

<b>(CNN)</b> - The former chairman of the House Homeland Security committee is urging the United States and others not to negotiate with Boko Haram, the terrorist group in Nigeria that has kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls.<p>Instead, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said he would support President Obama if he …

Tea Party-backed candidate Sasse wins GOP Senate primary in Nebraska

Tea Party favorite Ben Sasse won the Republican nomination for an open Senate seat in Nebraska Tuesday night, after a heated and costly primary battle that drew heavy national attention.<p>Sasse, a university president, was able to hold off former state treasurer Shane Osborn and dark horse candidate …

Obama: Small window to get immigration reform done this year | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday there was a small window of opportunity now to pass immigration reform in the House of Representatives, before Washington’s attention turned completely to the November midterm congressional elections.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama listens …

South Carolina Senate won't cut college budgets over gay-themed books | Reuters

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - The South Carolina Senate on Tuesday eliminated punitive budget cuts of almost $70,000 against two public universities over assignments of gay-themed literature but required them to instead use the funds to teach the United States Constitution.<p>The …

Longtime congressman Conyers ineligible for primary ballot -clerk | Reuters

(Reuters) - Longtime Michigan Democratic Congressman John Conyers’s bid for re-election in November hit a bump on Tuesday when a local elections clerk declared him ineligible for the August primary ballot because he did not have enough valid signatures on a required petition.<p>Committee chairman Rep. …

Russia cuts off U.S. access to International Space Station, Crimea crisis goes orbital

<b>Vladimir Putin (Reuters/Yves Herman)</b><p>The move is Russia’s retaliation, after the U.S. leveled sanctions against Russia due to its Crimea land-grab<p>Sarah Gray<p>May 13, 2014 11:00pm (UTC)<p>Russia is responding to U.S. trade sanctions with a block of their own, and it will impact the United State's future …

Newt: 'Offended' by Rove remarks

Newt Gingrich said Tuesday that he was “deeply offended” by Karl Rove’s comments questioning whether Hillary Clinton suffered a brain injury.<p>“I am totally opposed and deeply offended by Karl Rove’s comments about Secretary Clinton,” the former House speaker and 2012 presidential candidate posted …

Rove vs. Clinton

If Karl Rove was aiming to spark a discussion about Hillary Clinton’s health and age by insinuating she suffered brain damage in a 2012 fall, mission certainly accomplished.<p>In the process, though, Rove’s blunt alleged remarks at a Los Angeles-area conference last week managed to allow Clinton’s …

Doc: No hint of Clinton brain injury

A blood clot like the one Hillary Clinton suffered in December 2012 may occur for many people throughout life, a Washington neurologist said Tuesday, and patients can have a “fabulous recovery” without any lingering effect.<p>Responding to comments by Republican strategist Karl Rove, whom the New York …

U.S. judge overturns Idaho ban on gay marriage | Reuters

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge struck down Idaho’s ban on gay marriage on Tuesday, saying it relegated same-sex couples to a second-class status in violation of constitutional guarantees of equal protection under the law.<p>The ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale was the latest …

Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu teams up with father for campaign ad

One of Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu's greatest assets in her difficult reelection battle is her family legacy, and a folksy new ad featuring her father shows that she intends to remind voters of her deep political roots.<p>Landrieu's father, former New Orleans Mayor Maurice "Moon" Landrieu, is revered …

Obama: 2-3 months for immigration

President Barack Obama laid down a deadline for immigration reform on Tuesday, saying House Republicans have two or three months to start acting on an overhaul before midterm election politics take over.<p>As he met with more than 40 law enforcement officials, Obama pressed the case that Congress has …

Bill to renew tax breaks clears hurdle in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to renew more than 50 expired tax breaks for businesses and individuals cleared a key hurdle in the Senate Tuesday, giving hope to millions of taxpayers who would otherwise be hit with unwelcome tax increases next spring.<p>Other hurdles remain, however.<p>The Senate voted 96-3 …

Orr tells Michigan lawmakers: 'We need your money'

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Detroit's emergency manager asked lawmakers Tuesday to quickly approve nearly $195 million in state aid to help the city emerge from bankruptcy, saying frankly that to ensure a compromise on pensions does not fall apart, "We need your money."<p>Kevyn Orr testified at the first of …

Syria probably dropped chlorine gas on civilians, rights group says

The Syrian government probably used chlorine gas on civilian populations on five occasions in April, a rights group said Tuesday.<p>Human Rights Watch has gathered evidence that it says strongly suggests the government has embedded canisters of chlorine inside oil drums full of explosives, which it …

Obama Sanctions Individuals In Central African Republic

President Obama has issued an executive order authorizing sanctions against five people in the Central African Republican in connection with the country's sectarian conflict.<p>In a statement, the White House cited "[escalating] violence and human rights abuses," and noted that "[communities] that …