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GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights before ruling

 A Texas lawmaker would strip the salaries from government officials who honor same-sex marriage licenses. Other states would protect government officials who opt out of performing gay nuptials. In Georgia, where lawmakers are considering a bill that critics fear could allow businesses to discriminate against gay customers, the former head of the country’s largest Protestant […] Read More →

Obama Calls for Closing U.S. Income Gap

 U.S. President Barack Obama declared the U.S. economy healed and said the nation now must begin work to close the gap between the well-off and the wanting. “Tonight we turn the page,” Obama said in his sixth annual State of the Union address. “We have risen from recession freer to write our own future than […] Read More →

Obama threatens to veto Iran sanctions bill

 President Obama, joined by British Prime Minister David Cameron, sharply warned Congress Friday not to pursue new sanctions on Iran — saying they could derail the effort to strike a deal barring the country from getting a nuclear weapon. Obama confirmed he has even warned congressional Democrats, some of whom support a new sanctions bill, […] Read More →

Christie hints at presidential run in New Jersey speech

 New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday made “renewal” of his state and country a central theme in his annual speech to state lawmakers that hinted at presidential aspirations. Christie, under pressure to decide if he will seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016, discussed what he called a “bloated national government” and a […] Read More →

Michigan Supreme Court hears major right-to-work case

 Michigan’s conservative Supreme Court is seeking to reconcile whether 31,000 unionized state employees are covered by a right-to-work law, hearing opposing arguments Tuesday on whether lawmakers stepped on the turf of a panel that regulates labor conditions for those staffers. The 2012 law says public workers in Michigan cannot be forced to pay union fees […] Read More →

Feinstein: Terrorist Sleeper Cells Are in U.S.

Feds will use them to justify police state.  A Senate leader said Sunday she thinks terrorist sleeper cells are in the U.S. — a claim sure to spark even greater fears of a strike on the homeland as the White House launches new efforts to confront growing Islamist extremism around the globe. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, […] Read More →

Saudi connection? Lawmakers up pressure on Obama to release secret 9/11 documents

 Congressional lawmakers on Wednesday ramped up efforts to get President Obama to release 28 top-secret pages from a 9/11 report that allegedly detail Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the terror attacks.  Lawmakers and advocacy groups have pushed for the declassification for years. The effort already had bipartisan House support but now has the backing of retired […] Read More →

Texas lawmakers to feds: Leave us alone

Star Telegram – by ANNA M. TINSLEY  State lawmakers hope to send a clear message to the federal government this year: Don’t mess with Texas. Already, more than a dozen bills have been filed to push back against what their sponsors say is a continued federal overreach. Touching on issues from guns to the 10th […] Read More →

Freshman Congress Members Face Final Weekend of Freedom

 A new class of lawmakers is about to dive into Washington politics, an arena many of them declared a cesspool during their campaigns. It’s the final weekend of freedom for the 74 men and women who will make up the freshman class of the 114th Congress. They’re about to dive into Washington politics, an arena many of them declared a cesspool during their campaigns. […] Read More →

GOP lawmakers preparing change to immigration system

 Interest in reforming the immigration law remains high as Republican lawmakers  prepare bills that would make changes to the current system. President Obama received harsh criticism after proposing an executive action steering clear from congressional approval to halt deportation for nearly four million immigrants. However, Republicans remain up to the task to enact their own […] Read More →