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India Blocks .XXX Domain

Citing moral and and cultural issues, India will oppose sites with the .XXX domain, an official said.
A girl attends Friday prayers in front of an army tank in Tahrir Square in Cairo

More of the same? Egypt's military law criminalizes protests, strikes

In a weird twist in the tale, the Egyptian government has approved a law criminalizing strikes and protest marches in the country, raising questions from various quarters whether this was the outcome expected by millions of Egyptians who passionately fought for the ouster of Hosni Mubarak's oppressive regime.
A union worker reads a book inside the state capitol during the eighth day of protests against the proposed bill by Governor Scott Walker in Madison, Wisconsin February 22, 2011.

Compromise Elusive as Wisconsin Lawmakers Push Ahead on Controversial Bill

The Wisconsin Senate still can't do business due to missing members but the other half of the state's legislature, the Assembly, on Friday passed a bill that will partially take away collective bargaining power for state employees, part of a broader bill with various measures which Gov. Scott Walker says are meant to repair the state's budget.
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4 Reasons Why Obama Dropped Defense of Marriage Law (PHOTOS)

Emboldened by the pending repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell law, President Barack Obama, and his top legal official, have concluded that in two pending cases, the Administration will not defend a federal law that defines marriage as being the union between one man and one woman.
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Obama Ends Defense of Federal Gay Marriage Ban

President Barack Obama and his administration have called unconstitutional a part of the 1996 federal law that calls the government to define marriage to be a legal union between one man and one woman. The administration will not defend Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in two pending legal cases, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, said on Wednesday.
U.S. President Barack Obama signs stimulus package bill at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

US Recovery Act saved 4 million jobs in two years: EPI

The Recovery Act, which was introduced by the US government in response to the Great Recession of the last decade, created or saved 3-4 million jobs and up to 5 million full-time equivalent jobs by the end of 2010, according to report.
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Debit card fee fight returns to Congress

Visa and banks will press lawmakers on Thursday for relief from a proposed slashing of debit card processing fees, an issue that has attracted bipartisan support for softening the impact of part of the Dodd-Frank financial law.
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Lawmakers seek to overturn FCC Internet rules

A group of Republican lawmakers opened another front in a battle against the Federal Communications Commission's Internet traffic rules, filing a resolution of disapproval on Wednesday.
U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) waves at the 38th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) meeting at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, February 10, 2011.

McConnell says health care repeal is long-term fight

Sen. Mitch McConnell R-KY on Thursday urged conservatives to stick to their principles and realize that battles over issues such as reform for health care or campaign finance required a long-term, lifetime commitment effort to get right.
Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke at National Press Club luncheon on the economic outlook in Washington

Bernanke to testify on Dodd-Frank next week

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and other top U.S. regulators will appear before the Senate Banking Committee next week to discuss the implementation of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the committee announced on Thursday.

Lawmakers try again for China yuan bill

A bipartisan group of 101 lawmakers in the House of Representatives launched a new bid on Thursday to pass legislation aimed at pressuring China to let its yuan currency rise in value.
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Anti-computer hacking bill coming in Congress

Strengthening cybersecurity is the goal of legislation being introduced in Congress after reports of hack attacks on computer networks at Nasdaq OMX Group and at oil and gas companies.


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