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Gay Rights Activists Fire Early Shot At GOP Field

The Human Rights Campaign is firing an early shot at the emerging presidential field, releasing polling and research highlighting their opposition to same-sex marriage. On Wednesday, the group unveiled a micro-site highlighting GOP rhetoric on LGBT issues, including their positions on marriage, conversion therapy and bullying. The launch is pegged to this weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference, which has barred the participation of the GOP gay group Log Cabin Republicans….


Netanyahu Says World Powers ‘Have Given Up’ on Preventing Iran Nukes

Israeli Prime Minister says he’s not willing to give up on preventing Iran’s progress toward developing nuclear weapons In his sharpest criticism yet, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says world powers “have given up” on stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons in ongoing negotiations. Netanyahu made the comments Wednesday night at a meeting of his Likud Party outside of Jerusalem. They come as Netanyahu plans to address the U.S. Congress…


SIM Card Company Says the NSA Probably Hacked It

But it denies the NSA got access to billions of people’s mobile communications One of the world’s largest manufacturers of SIM cards has acknowledged evidence of security agency attacks on the company’s internal networks, but it’s denying that American and British intelligence agents were able to get access to billions of mobile phone users’ secure data. Gemalto, a French-Dutch supplier of SIM cards, found “reasonable grounds” of an attack by…


Obama Vetoes Keystone Pipeline, Only 3rd in Presidency

President Obama issued his first veto since 2010, striking down a law that would authorize the Keystone XL pipeline, a major symbolic battle between environmental activists and the oil industry. “Through this bill, the United States Congress attempts to circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest,” Obama said in a statement. The pipeline would help link up…


Hillary Backs Strongest Net Neutrality Rules

Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate voices support for Title II Hillary Clinton said at a Silicon Valley conference for women leaders Tuesday that she supports President Barack Obama’s call for the strongest possible rules to safe guard net neutrality. That includes, Clinton said, reclassifying broadband providers under what’s known as Title II of the Communications Act, the most controversial option available to the government. It’s the first time the presumptive Democratic…

DOD Chief Ashton Carter Travels To Middle East

An Extraordinary Pentagon ‘Bull Session’ Over ISIS

New defense chief convenes Kuwait confab to confirm war plans College, where new Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has spent as much time as at the Pentagon, loves bull sessions. That’s just what Carter did Monday, summoning U.S. military and diplomatic brainpower to an unusual closed-door session in Kuwait where some of America’s finest Middle East minds gathered to debate how to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria…


Greece Submits New List of Bailout Reforms to Europe Chiefs

Dutch finance minister said list of planned reforms seemed likely to be an adequate basis for further negotiations Greece’s new government has cleared the first of what’s likely to be many hurdles as it tries to buy time for its plans to get the country out of its economic mess. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister who chairs the Eurogroup committee of Treasury heads, said he had received, on time,…

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Mysterious Drones Spotted Over Paris

Flights over U.S. embassy and landmarks raise surveillance concerns French police are searching for the pilots behind several mysterious drones that were seen cruising over Paris landmarks and secured compounds on Monday and Tuesday nights. Unmanned aerial vehicles are already prohibited across the French capital, the Wall Street Journal reports, but the flights spotted this week have raised surveillance concerns in a city that is on high alert after the…


Why Congress Is Feuding With Obama Over the Homeland Security Budget

President Barack Obama warned a gathering of state governors on Monday that the Department of Homeland Security would furlough tens of thousands of employees nationwide if Congress failed to replenish the agency’s funds by Friday. “We can’t afford to play politics with our national security,” Obama said during a winter meeting of the National Governors Association. But the political fight over Homeland Security funding shows no signs of letting up…


Republican Presidential Hopefuls Stay Out of Senate Fight on Immigration

The path to the White House does not lead through Congressional gridlock. As Congress heads toward a showdown over immigration and the budget for the Department of Homeland Security, the three Republican Senators who are considering running for president are staying on the sidelines. Sens. Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are hanging back from the fight, letting others like Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions lead the strategy and take…