Forbes released their annual list Wednesday of the most powerful couples in the world. At the top? Barack and Michelle Obama.Forbes notes, "With 67 percent of Americans viewing first lady Michelle Obama favorably, she's more popular than her husband. The President has never been shy about publicly expressing his adoration for his wife; in his election night victory speech, Obama gushed, 'I have never been prouder to watch the rest of America fall in love with you too as our nation's ... Quick Read
MOORE, Okla. -- Judy Peterson has big plans for restoring her home, which was damaged in the brutal tornado that devastated this community on Monday. A man at her church has volunteered to remove the pear tree that fell on her driveway and her son-in-law, a contractor, has promised to help repair her roof and windows.But on Wednesday afternoon, she was sitting on the pavement with her daughter in the bright sunshine at an intersection leading into her neighborhood. She had been there ... Quick Read
WASHINGTON -- Republicans at a House subcommittee hearing this week objected to a 2010 law that targets conflict minerals from Central Africa, saying it places too many regulations on U.S. businesses and hasn't accomplished enough since it went into effect."Some of us may pat ourselves on the back and say, 'Well, we're making sure we're not using their minerals,' but we're only hurting the people of the Congo," said Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.), who called the law "a massive ... Quick Read
(Adds context) WASHINGTON, May 22 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will lay out the rationale for U.S. drone strikes in a speech on Thursday in an effort to be more transparent about his counterterrorism policy, a White House official said. Obama has been pressured from both the left and right to allow greater scrutiny of the secret decision-making process for using drones overseas. He said earlier this year he wanted to be more open about how ... Quick Read
MOORE, Okla. -- Around 10 a.m. Wednesday, two days after the tornado, Darius Joseph and his friend Brandon Dick set out for the disaster zone that used to be their neighborhood to see what they could salvage from the rubble. Their eyes searched for contours of geography they could place, some shape they knew. But all they could see, sprawled in every direction, were piles of bricks, beams, splintered two-by-fours, shingles, twisted lengths of pipe and shattered glass. ?I?m being ... Quick Read
Chris Whitley had already survived three tornadoes and had worked at the scene of dozens more before arriving in Joplin, Mo."It was unlike anything I'd ever seen," the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency spokesman recalled of the devastation left by the deadly twister that struck the town two years ago Wednesday. "So far," he added, "pictures from Moore are very eerily familiar."Read More...
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The U.S. Department of Justice appears to have neither conducted nor received any analyses that would show whether criminal charges against large financial institutions would harm the economy, potentially undermining a key DOJ argument for why the world?s biggest banks have escaped indictment.Testimony by a top Justice official and fresh documents made public on Wednesday during a House financial services committee hearing revealed that financial regulators and the Treasury ... Quick Read
HARTFORD, Conn. — A group of Connecticut organizations that support gun rights, pistol permit holders and gun sellers has filed a lawsuit in federal court against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other state officials, arguing the state's new gun control law violates their constitutional rights.The plaintiffs are seeking a federal court injunction to stop the law from being enforced.Read More...
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