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Rabid right embraces Russia’s anti-gay laws

Rabid right embraces Russia’s anti-gay laws

Two longtime opponents of the U.S. gay-rights movement on Friday announced formation of a coalition that will seek to persuade more countries around the world to follow Russia’s example in passing laws that restrict gay rights. The activists, Massachusetts-based evangelical lawyer Scott Lively and Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, praised two recently […]

Pentagon looking to replace helicopters

Pentagon looking to replace helicopters

The Pentagon is committed to early design work on a new aircraft that will replace thousands of helicopters now used by the U.S. military, its first “clean sheet design” program in years, the Army official heading the effort said on Friday. Dan Bailey, a former Apache helicopter pilot who heads the “future vertical lift” program […]

Arizona bill uses religion to promote homophobia

Arizona bill uses religion to promote homophobia

The Arizona Legislature gave final approval to legislation that allows business owners asserting their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays, drawing backlash from Democrats who called the proposal “state-sanctioned discrimination” and an embarrassment. The 33-27 vote by the House Thursday evening sends the legislation to Republican Gov. Jan Brewer and puts Arizona back at […]

FCC to rewrite Ineternet neutrality rules

FCC to rewrite Ineternet neutrality rules

The Federal Communications Commission says it won’t appeal a court decision that struck down rules it designed to ensure that the transmission of all Internet content be treated equally. The agency says it will fashion new rules. The chairman of the FCC announced Wednesday that the agency will rewrite the anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules following […]

Does low inflation hurt the economy?

Does low inflation hurt the economy?

Historically low inflation has taken hold across the developed world, from the United States to Europe to Japan. Economists say super-low inflation has likely slowed growth in those regions, which is why the world’s central banks would like prices to rise. Last year, overall U.S. prices inched up just 1.1 percent, according to the Federal […]

Jindal upset about hike in flood insurance rates

Jindal upset about hike in flood insurance rates

After months largely silent on the issue, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is urging congressional leaders to stop higher flood insurance premiums from hitting homeowners and businesses. Jindal sent a letter late Tuesday to the Republican and Democratic leaders of both the U.S. House and Senate, asking them to support an immediate delay in the increases […]

Raising minimum wage could cost half-million jobs by 2016

Raising minimum wage could cost half-million jobs by 2016

A report by Congress’ nonpartisan budget analysts seems to have thrown Democrats onto the defensive after it concluded that the party’s drive to boost the federal minimum wage could cost a half-million jobs by 2016. A Congressional Budget Office report released Tuesday concluded that a gradual increase to $10.10 hourly by that year — which […]

Washington approves college grants for illegal aliens

Washington approves college grants for illegal aliens

Washington state lawmakers have voted to make students brought to the United States illegally by their parents eligible for need-based college financial aid. Passage of the measure, which supporters have labeled the Dream Act after failed U.S. legislation of 2010, marks a victory for immigrant-rights advocates and a shift within the state Republican party, whose […]

‘Virtual fence’ to block illegal immigrants proposed in Arizona

‘Virtual fence’ to block illegal immigrants proposed in Arizona

Arizona could spend $30 million to construct a “virtual fence” to ensure the federal government is securing the U.S.-Mexico border from drug smugglers and illegal immigrants under a measure that has narrowly advanced in the state legislature. State Senator Bob Worsley has proposed putting 300 watch towers, complete with the latest technology, to put what […]