NRA lobbyist admits ad on Obama’s kids was a screw-up

NRA lobbyist admits ad on Obama’s kids was a screw-up

One of the National Rifle Association’s senior lobbyists said an ad by the nation’s leading gun-rights group after a school shooting in Connecticut that refers to President Barack Obama’s children was “ill-advised.” Jim Baker, head of the federal affairs division at the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said he had made his views known to […]

Federal court slaps down Obama for recess appointments

Federal court slaps down Obama for recess appointments

A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that President Barack Obama violated the U.S. Constitution when he used recess appointments to fill a labor board, a decision that could curtail the president’s options in filling vacancies. Obama, frustrated by Republican opposition to his nominees, made the three “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board […]

Court overturns yet another Gitmo conviction

Court overturns yet another Gitmo conviction

A U.S. appeals court on Friday overturned the Guantanamo war crimes conviction of an al Qaeda videographer, a ruling likely to lead to dismissal of conspiracy charges in the pending trial of five men accused of plotting the September 11 attacks. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia threw out the conviction […]

Lance Armstrong sued for fraud over ‘non-fiction’ books

Lance Armstrong sued for fraud over ‘non-fiction’ books

Two California men have sued Lance Armstrong and his book publishers for fraud and false advertising, claiming that the cyclist’s best-selling memoirs, billed as non-fiction, were revealed to be filled with lies after he confessed last week to systematic doping. The class-action complaint was filed in federal court in Sacramento, California on Tuesday, five days […]

Harry Reid may allow vote on assault weapons ban

Harry Reid may allow vote on assault weapons ban

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, signaled on Tuesday that despite earlier indications to the contrary, he may allow a vote on a possible ban on assault weapons. Reid, a longtime gun-rights advocate from Nevada, recently indicated he would not permit a vote because the Republican-led House of Representatives was unlikely to go along […]

Debt limit vote vote set for House; Obama expected to sign

Debt limit vote vote set for House; Obama expected to sign

A measure to extend the U.S. debt limit for nearly four months moved closer on Tuesday to a vote and the White House said the president would sign the bill if it cleared Congress, easing uncertainty that could have threatened the U.S. economy. The debt limit “suspension,” which would allow the government to borrow money […]

House GOP wants vote to extend debt limit until May 19

House GOP wants vote to extend debt limit until May 19

Republican leaders in the House of Representatives have scheduled a vote on Wednesday on a nearly four-month extension of U.S. borrowing capacity, but the bill does not specify a dollar amount. Legislative language released by the House Rules Committee on Monday said the bill aims “to ensure complete and timely payment of the obligations of […]

Chris Christie slams NRA, calls group ‘reprehensible’

Chris Christie slams NRA, calls group ‘reprehensible’

New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie harshly criticized the National Rifle Association on Thursday for referring to U.S. President Barack Obama‘s children in an ad that advocates putting armed guards in schools, calling it “reprehensible” and “wrong.” “I think it’s awful to bring public figures’ children into the political debate,” Christie said at a press […]

After 40 years, most Americans oppose overturning abortion ruliing

After 40 years, most Americans oppose overturning abortion ruliing

Most Americans remain opposed to overturning the controversial Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, which 40 years ago legalized abortion at least in the first three months of pregnancy, according to a poll released Wednesday. The poll by the Pew Research Center found that 63 percent of Americans believe that Roe v. Wade should […]