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Obama says acting IRS chief has resigned
U.S. President Barack Obama announced the ouster of the top official at the Internal Revenue Service following disclosures that the agency targeted conservative political groups.
Obama: Gun control defeat 'shameful day for Washington'
The U.S. Senate blocked bipartisan legislation Wednesday aimed at tightening restrictions on the sale of firearms, a huge defeat for President Barack Obama and a rejection of personal pleas by families of the victims of last winter's mass elementary schoo
Connecticut governor signs sweeping gun limits into law
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who four months ago broke the news to shocked parents that their children had been slaughtered in a Connecticut elementary school, today signed into law sweeping new restrictions on weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines si
Assault Weapons Ban Won't Be In Dems' Gun Bill
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has decided that a proposed assault weapons ban won't be part of a gun control bill the Senate plans to debate next month, the sponsor of the ban said Tuesday, a decision that means the ban stands little chance of surviva
U.S. communities want gun ownership mandatory
A town of 140 people in the U.S. state of Maine is considering an ordinance making gun ownership mandatory, the latest of a handful of communities nationwide to pass or consider such a rule even though the measures are widely considered unenforceable.
California school OK's assault rifles for security
A California mother is talking about what she sees as a worrying trend, news that school police in her city will now have access to 14 AR-15 assault rifles, for use in the case of a mass shooting or the threat of such an attack.
Panetta to Open Combat Roles to Women
The Pentagon is dropping the last vestiges of rules barring American women from serving in combat, paving the way for the largest expansion ever of their role on the front lines.
U.S. removes military ban on women serving in combat
Senior U.S. defence officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war.
New York state enacts tougher gun control measures
New York state enacted the nation's toughest gun restrictions Tuesday and the first since the Connecticut school massacre, including an expanded assault-weapon ban and background checks for buying ammunition.
Obama to unveil gun control action Wednesday
President Barack Obama will reveal the details of how the U.S. will address gun violence on Wednesday, the White House says, while New York's lawmakers agreed to pass the toughest gun control law in the nation and dared other states to do the same.
NRA rejects Obama gun control proposals
The top U.S. gun lobby rejected Obama administration proposals to reduce gun violence today, saying it expects to have enough support in Congress to fend off bans on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
New Health Rankings: Of 17 Nations, U.S. Is Dead Last
A fresh report, out Wednesday, tapped vast stores of data to compare the health of affluent nations and delivered a worrisome new message: Americans' health is even worse than we thought, ranking below 16 other developed nations.
U.S. renews foreign surveillance law
The Senate gave final congressional approval Friday to a bill renewing the U.S. government's authority to monitor overseas phone calls and emails of suspected foreign spies and terrorists -- but not Americans -- without obtaining a court order for each in
Retired U.S. general Norman Schwarzkopf dies
Retired general H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who topped an illustrious military career by commanding the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991 but kept a low public profile in controversies over the second Gul
Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii dead at 88
* War hero lost arm in World War Two combat* Death not expected to alter Democrats' control of Senate* Served on Watergate committee, investigated Iran-ContraaffairBy Kim DixonWASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters)
Irony alert: Mitt Romney's final vote tally nears 47 percent
The defeated GOP candidate famously disparaged Obama as the candidate of the 47 percent. Now, liberals gleefully view Mitt's final tally as poetic justiceLiberal schadenfreude is about to reach overdose levels. Just when you thought the dead horse of Mitt
Obama wins 2nd term as president
U.S. President Barack Obama, who campaigned on a pledge to push the nation forward if he secured a second term as commander in chief, will have his opportunity to fulfil that promise after triumphing in a razor-thin contest with his Republican opponent Mi
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