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Justice Department Approves Va. Voter ID Law

The Justice Department approved changes to Virginia’s voter ID law Monday, suggesting there is a way forward for such laws — even in states that must have election laws pre-cleared under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act — so long as they’re written in a way the federal government will sign off on.

‘A Lot Is At Stake’: Voting Rights Advocates Gear Up For Huge 2012 Battle

WASHINGTON — Two blocks from the White House, in a conference room on the fourth floor of a nondescript office building, voting rights advocates are fighting on the front line of the voting wars.

Diana Nyad Ends Latest Bid To Swim From Cuba To Key West

Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad has ended her third recent attempt to swim the 100 miles or so from Cuba to Key West, Florida, her official Twitter page says.

As Deadline To Drop Out Nears, Rep. Akin’s Best Defender Is His Opponent

As more and more of his fellow Republicans call on him to drop out of his race for the Senate before today’s 6 p.m. ET deadline to easily get his name off the ballot, the congressman’s loudest defender is his Democratic opponent.

Barack Obama warns Syria over use of chemical or biological weapons

US president Barack Obama bluntly warned Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on Monday not to cross a “red line” by using chemical or biological weapons in his country’s bloody conflict and suggested that such action would prompt the United States to consider a military response.

South Africa tells Lonmin to drop threat to sack striking miners

Lonmin has been ordered to drop its threat to sack striking miners who failed to return to work after South African police shot dead 34 of their colleagues.

U.S. Army battling racists within its own ranks

(Reuters) – They call it “rahowa” – short for racial holy war – and they are preparing for it by joining the ranks of the world’s fiercest fighting machine, the U.S. military.

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