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Senate prepares to OK Keystone XL pipeline despite veto threat 29.1.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Sixty senators support the measure, but it doesn't appear to have enough backing to override a presidential veto. A vote could come as early as today. The House approved a similar measure this month.
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The Supreme Court could avoid cases like this one if Americans abolished the damn death penalty 29.1.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Huntsville Unit, the prison where Texas has executed more than 500 death-row inmates since 1982. The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday has stayed the execution of three Oklahoma inmates until it rules on whether the use of the sedative midazolam as part of the three-drug combination that would be used to kill them constitutes cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment. The Court had agreed to take on the cruel-and-unusual case last Friday. Too late for Charles Warner, the murderer who Oklahoma executed Jan. 15 after the Court refused to grant him a stay in a 5-4 ruling. Justice Sonia Sottomayor delivered a vigorous dissent in that decision. Warner and the three men whose executions have been stayed were each convicted of murder. Someday, perhaps, 32 states (and the federal government) will wise up and join the 18 states plus the District of Columbia that have abolished the death penalty. Until then, we're going to continue to have executions of the innocent, even if most of these cases don't ...
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With Supreme Court victory over Obamacare in sight, disaster looms for Republicans 29.1.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
They got nuthin'. Congressional Republicans have a big job ahead of them in the next five months. They have to convince the Supreme Court that the nation's healthcare system won't be thrown into chaos if the court strikes down federal subsidies under Obamacare. Good luck with that. "It's an opportunity that we've failed at for two decades. We've not been particularly close to being on the same page on this subject for two decades," said a congressional Republican health policy aide who was granted anonymity to speak candidly. "So this idea — we're ready to go? Actually no, we're not." That might be the most frustrating job in government, being a health policy aide for Republicans. At least he or she isn't overworked. "There are a lot of ideas," Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (UT) told TPM on Tuesday. "If the case goes the way I think it should go ... then we've gotta come up with a way of resolving the problems we're in. We're quietly looking at all that and trying to do that." For now, the ...
3 Oklahoma executions halted following concerns about drug 29.1.2015 Hindu: International
Convicts have challenged the State’s lethal-injection protocol
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GOP voters fine with Supreme Court taking subsidies away, as long as it isn't their subsidies 29.1.2015 Daily Kos
Republican lawmakers have all piled on to the King challenge to Obamacare, gleeful at the prospect of the Supreme Court dealing a "body blow" to the law by taking subsidies away from millions of their constituents. Nationally, their Republican constituents are okay with that, according to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation. But Republican voters in the states that are in jeopardy of losing their subsidies? Not so much. Nationally, the survey finds, 64 percent of voters say Congress should act to fix the law to make sure no one loses their subsidy if the Supreme Court strikes them down. That includes 82 percent of Democrats, 63 percent of Independents, and just 40 percent of Republicans. But if you ask just the people in the states that could lose subsidies because they're on the federal exchange? They want action, including having the states establish their own exchanges. That's 51 percent of Republicans who don't want to see subsidies end in their states, those states that didn't open their ...
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'Squirrel truth' ads debut on CTA 29.1.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
'Squirrel truth' ads debut on CTA
After Four Decades With Roe, US Women Still Need Abortion Access and So Much More 29.1.2015
The 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision prompted a week of stark contradictions. Thousands of anti-choice protesters descended on Washington while the House of Representatives passed  HR7 , a bill limiting insurance coverage for abortions (after a broader abortion ban was – for the time – abandoned). Yesterday, Congressional Democrats re-introduced the  Women’s Health Protection Act , a bill meant to protect abortion access from the medically unnecessary restrictions that have already made the landmark decision meaningless in many parts of the country. And in his State of the Union  address , President Obama professed his support for abortion rights, along with equal pay, paid sick and family leave, a minimum wage hike, and expanded health coverage. It’s all been a reminder of what has been won and just how much there is left to fight for – from abortion rights to economic security. Over the past four years we’ve seen an unprecedented number of attacks on reproductive health – ...
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The Hidden Threat That Could Take Health Care Away From 5 Million Children 29.1.2015 Think Progres

The fate of 5 million children rests with 5 conservative justices.

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Are these the worst political comparisons ever made? 29.1.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
Did an analogy with the Third Reich ever win an argument? Unlikely, but that doesn’t stop people trying. Take note of these cautionary tales Analogies can be great if you want to explain how something works. The heart is like a pump. No problem there. Analogies can be very bad, however, when you use them to trash someone or something you disagree with. Tax rises are like Hitler’s invasion of Poland? Not totally convinced that works. You’d be surprised how often public figures feel the need to use Hitler, the Nazis or the Holocaust to drive home a point, however. And they don’t stop there, as you’ll find out in the following list of cautionary tales. I apologise in advance for any forehead injuries sustained as a result of repeated ...
Convicted killer facing Texas execution appeals to US Supreme Court seeking stay 29.1.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Panama to launch corruption inquiry into former president 29.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Special prosecutor to investigate Ricardo Martinelli over claims he inflated $45m-worth of contracts for government programme

Panama’s supreme court has voted to launch a corruption investigation against former president Ricardo Martinelli, a move likely to rally popular support in a nation where the political elite rarely face justice for misdeeds.

A statement from the court said all nine judges voted to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Martinelli over allegations that he inflated contracts worth $45m (£30m) to purchase dehydrated food for a government social programme.

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Bali Nine: I know Andrew and Myuran. I've fought for them. And they don't deserve death | Brigid Delaney 29.1.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
Indonesia showed no appetite for executions when I began to advocate for Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan. Now rumours are circulating: they may be next If you are condemned to death in Indonesia, by law you are given “the freedom to choose” from three options: you can sit, lie or stand. Another cruel freedom will be made available to you: the choice of wearing a blindfold or keeping your eyes open. The apron, a cloth draped over the torso with a target on it, is mandatory. 20 soldiers who have undergone appropriate psychological counselling will fire the shots. This will most likely happen at night, on a deserted beach or plantation. If you are still alive at the end, the regulations allow for a shot to be fired at point blank range into your temple, at a point just above your ...
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Friendship Nine's convictions for lunch counter civil rights sit-in vacated 29.1.2015 LA Times: Nation
The old men walked into the courtroom with halting steps, grayer and a bit slower than when they were young.
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Gay marriage battles agitate statehouses 29.1.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
Some states want to bar government workers from issuing the licenses.
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Sri Lanka's new president reverses 'revenge politics' of Rajapaksa regime 29.1.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Country’s chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake is reinstated two years after she was impeached by the former government

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Source: Panama Supreme Court OKs probe of corruption charges against ex-President Martinelli 29.1.2015 Star Tribune: World
In police-involved shootings, facts are victims 29.1.2015 LA Times: Top News
Even a limited nuclear war would devastate the planet 29.1.2015 LA Times: Top News
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'Never felt guilty': Civil rights convictions tossed in SC 29.1.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
For a moment, Clarence Graham's heart raced. Fifty four years after he and eight fellow black men served a month of hard labor for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter, a judge declared that they had been wrongly convicted of trespassing and their records would be tossed.
An emirate and its subjects 29.1.2015 Telegraph: Opinion
Long-time observers of the BCCI know that it used to be cricket's answer to the medieval city state. No Medici controlled Florence as comprehensively as the BCCI controlled cricket in India. The Board of Control was an independent principality, located in India, surrounded by India, but not of India. Its jurisdiction over cricket in India was as absolute as the Vatican's over Catholicism; it brooked no interference in its affairs, not even from the nation state that enclosed it.
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