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Reid: Filibuster Reforming Happening Whether Republicans Like It Or Not

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) fierce resistance to reforming the filibuster isn’t fazing Harry Reid, who insists that he will weaken the minority party’s power to obstruct legislative business with Republican support or without it.

Arctic Suffered Record Ice Losses in 2012, NOAA Report Card Finds

The Arctic had a record year in 2012 — and not in a good way.

The region, located above the Arctic Circle, or 66 degrees north latitude, suffered record low snow cover and sea ice, while at the same time seeing warmer-than-average sea temperatures, increased green space and vegetation growing seasons, and a boom in Sun-driven plankton production, according to an annualreport card from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), released online Wednesday.

How The Voter ID Crusade Backfired On Republicans

The Republican push to make it more difficult to vote this year — seen by many as a racially tinged attempt to keep Democratic turnout down — could not have failed more spectacularly, a top African American activist told a left-leaning think tank Tuesday.

Washington State Governor Signs Gay Marriage Into Law

Gay and lesbian couples in Washington state can start picking up their wedding certificates and licenses tomorrow. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law Wednesday a measure that legalizes same-sex marriage in the state.

What Should The U.S. Learn From Europe’s Woes?

As President Obama and Capitol Hill lawmakers assess the need for spending cuts and tax increases against the risk of triggering a new recession, they might look across the Atlantic for insights from those who have already grappled with those budgetary questions.

Egypt violence worsens as five die in Cairo clashes

Overnight clashes in Cairo between supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood-led government of Mohamed Morsi and opposition activists have killed at least five people, according to state television.

Obama warns GOP against using debt ceiling as leverage in fiscal cliff fight

Barack Obama has issued a stern warning to Republican leaders that they should not contemplate a repeat of last year’s disastrous fight over the US debt ceiling as part of their strategy over the current talks to avoid the fiscal cliff.

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