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Reid: Senate Will Reform Filibuster After Finishing Sandy Aid

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) signaled Tuesday that the Senate will move on to filibuster reform once it finalizes the relief package for victims of superstorm Sandy.

Obama Becomes First President To Mention Gay Rights In Inaugural Address

President Obama on Monday became the first American president to refer to gay rights in an inaugural address, drawing effusive praise from gay rights advocates for his strong embrace of the cause and reflecting how much his views have changed.

‘Roe V. Wade’ Turns 40, But Abortion Debate Is Even Older

Jan. 22, 2013, marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

Under A Cloud Of Austerity, Real Smoke Clouds Greece As Well

In this winter of austerity and Depression-era unemployment, a fog of woodsmoke hangs over the Greek capital on cold nights.

Brrr! ‘Dead Of Winter’ Sets In; Coldest Air In Nearly Two Years

It felt like -51 degrees Fahrenheit in Langdon, N.D., on Monday and brutal wind chills like that are going to continue across northern states as winter really sets in.

World unemployment figures set to rise in 2013, claims UN labour agency

A record 202 million people could be unemployed across the world in 2013, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Tuesday.

In Israel, ultra-nationalists, centrists and Arabs alike go to the polls

In warm winter sunshine outside a polling station in Har Homa, an Israeli settlement south of Jerusalem, Yoni Shetbon was confident that by morning he would be one of Israel‘s 120 MKs (members of parliament).

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