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US Appeals Court: Marathon Bombing Trial Can Stay in Boston

A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that any high-profile case would receive significant media attention, but that knowledge of such a case “does not equate to disqualifying prejudice.” Tsarnaev’s lawyers argued that intense media coverage of the case and the large number of people personally affected by the deadly attack made it impossible for him to find a fair and impartial jury in Massachusetts. 7 more words

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Obama Breaks Into Tears as He Says Goodbye to Holder

Friday, President Barack Obama spoke at the portrait unveiling ceremony for outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, which led to the commander-in-chief breaking into tears that he wiped away as he finished his remarks. 9 more words

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VIRGINIA TO COMPENSATE VICTIMS OF EUGENICS STERILIZATION PROGRAM

Anywhere between 7,300 and 8,300 people sterilized under state-sponsored law

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Virginia lawmakers have approved a measure seeking to financially compensate victims of its 50-year long, state-sponsored eugenics sterilization program. 528 more words

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NSA SPYING WINS ANOTHER RUBBER STAMP

Mass surveillance will continue for now, but is set to expire on June 1—unless Congress acts

A federal court has again renewed an order allowing the National Security Agency to continue its bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, a decision that comes more than a year after President Obama pledged to end the controversial program. 135 more words

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TEA PARTY GROUPS SUING IRS CALL FOR INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR

Appointment ‘would greatly assist in the recovery of evidence and end stonewalling

Dozens of tea party organizations that have sued the Internal Revenue Service for obstructing their application for tax-exempt status because of their beliefs are demanding that the government appoint an independent prosecutor to decide if criminals charges should be filed. 244 more words

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Yellen meets with conservative groups unhappy with Fed

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has met with a group of conservative activists who are unhappy with the central bank’s conduct of interest-rate policies. The meeting Friday, which was set up in early February, came two days after Yellen came under heavy criticism from Republican lawmakers during a House hearing. 8 more words

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President Obama: 'I Loved Spock'

President Barack Obama said Friday that Leonard Nimoy, who made the sign for “Live long and prosper” famous around the world, achieved that goal during his 83 years on planet Earth. 28 more words

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