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6:08 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Gillibrand Pushes Campus Assault Bill

Credit Kirsten Gillibrand via facebook.com

Colleges and universities could be held more accountable to rape victims under legislation introduced Wednesday by a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators led by New York's Kirsten Gillibrand. 

"My office has heard from many survivors about campus sexual assaults in America. These young women have been demanding that Congress help stop the endless wave of campus sexual assaults, and I share their outrage."  New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, charges America is going through an "epidemic of campus sexual assault." 

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4:56 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Officials Push Missile Shields For Commercial Jets

Credit U.S. Navy

Two New York legislators are urging the government to study whether American passenger jets should be equipped with devices protecting them against missiles like the one that brought down a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine.

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Steve Israel are asking the Department of Homeland Security, Defense Department and Federal Aviation Administration to consider technologies that would shield commercial aircraft.

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10:40 am
Tue July 22, 2014

U.S. Appeals Courts Issue Conflicting Decisions On Obamacare Subsidies

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 2:03 pm

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday dealt a significant blow to the Affordable Care Act, when it threw out an IRS regulation that governs subsidies. But before the ink dried on that decision, another three-judge panel hearing a similar case issued a decision that was completely opposite.

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12:32 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Pew: Statehouse Reporting Down Across The U.S.

Amy Mitchell is PEW's Director of Journalism Research
Credit www.pewresearch.org

The national media spend a lot of time at the White House and Capitol Hill, while local reporters keep track of the events at the city halls and town and village government buildings. But what about the 50 state capitals?

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1:31 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Immigration Attorney On Nonprofit Housing Centers For Immigrant Children

Credit Martinez Monsivais / AP

The White House announced today that President Obama will seek congressional approval for more than $3 billion to deal with the growing number of children, who are alone and crossing the border illegally from Mexico into the United States. The federal government is also seeking applications from not-for-profit and other groups to set up centers to house the children. One of those possible centers is the former Kenwood Academy Convent in Albany. Eric Copland is an immigration attorney with Copland and Brenner, a law firm in Latham. He says this type of situation has taken place before...

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12:49 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Pres. Of Free Speech For People: Political Influence Of Corporations

Credit johnbonifaz.com

The co-founder and President of an organization dedicated to repealing the U.S. Supreme Court "Citizens United" ruling granting corporations the same rights as citizens in campaign finance matter, says the recent ruling on The Hobby Lobby case could give new energy to the effort. In "Burwell v. Hobby Lobby", the court ruled five to four that an employer may opt out of providing contraceptive coverage under The Affordable Care Act, based on religious objections.

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11:22 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Shinseki Resigns From VA

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned amid widespread troubles in the VA health care system.

President Barack Obama says he accepted the resignation with "considerable regret." He and Shinseki met in the Oval Office on Friday morning.

Shinseki had faced mounting calls to step down from lawmakers in both parties.

Shinseki's resignation comes two days after a scathing internal report found broad and deep-seated problems in the sprawling health care system. The system provides care to about 6.5 million veterans annually.

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3:02 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Federal Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania's Ban On Gay Marriage

A federal judge struck down Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage on Tuesday, saying it violated the Constitution's Equal Protection clause.

The ruling comes a day after another federal judge used similar reasoning to strike down Oregon's ban on gay marriage.

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1:55 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Judge Refuses To Drop Charges Against Former Va. Gov. McDonnell

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, arrive at court in Richmond, Va., on Monday.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 2:41 pm

A federal judge refused to drop corruption charges against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

The case centers on the question of whether the Republican abused his office by doing favors for Jonnie Williams, a former CEO of the dietary supplements maker Star Scientific Inc., who had given the couple more than $165,000 in gifts.

Shortly after he left office in January, McDonnell and his wife were charged with 14 counts, including conspiracy and wire fraud.

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10:19 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Chipotle Tells Its Customers Not To Bring Guns To Its Restaurants

A Chipotle restaurant in Miami.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 12:10 pm

Chipotle Mexican Grill, the fast food chain, is asking its customers not to bring guns into its restaurants.

The announcement is similar to one the coffee giant Starbucks made back in September. Both companies were thrust into the middle of the national debate on guns, when gun activists brought guns into the establishments to make a point.

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