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Jan 20, 2013

Rallies across U.S. assail Obama’s proposed gun curbs

By Nick Carey

(Reuters) – Pro-gun activists who say the right to own firearms is under attack from President Barack Obama’s proposals to reduce gun violence held “high noon” rallies across the United States on Saturday in support of gun ownership rights.

The U.S. debate over gun control flared in mid-December when a man armed with an assault rifle killed 20 first-graders and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut – the deadliest of a string of U.S. shooting sprees last year.

Jan 19, 2013

Pro-gun rallies across U.S. attack Obama’s curbs on firearms

By Nick Carey

(Reuters) – Pro-gun activists plan rallies in 49 states at “high noon” on Saturday to support the right to own firearms they say is under attack from President Barack Obama’s proposals to reduce gun violence.

The rallies, to be held mostly at state capitals, were being organized by a group called Guns Across America that was launched by Texas airline pilot Eric Reed.

Jan 18, 2013

Pro-gun activists plan rallies to oppose Obama’s proposals

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Angered and afraid that President Barack Obama’s proposals to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines are a ploy to strip them of their right to own weapons, pro-gun activists plan to rally across America on Saturday.

Using Facebook and other social media, a group called Guns Across America plans rallies in 49 states, mostly at state capitols and all at “high noon” local time.

Jan 17, 2013

Tahawwur Rana gets 14 years for aiding Lashkar-e-Taiba

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge sentenced Pakistani-born Chicago businessman Tahawwur Rana on Thursday to 14 years in prison for providing support to the Lashkar-e-Taiba, blamed for the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Rana, 52, a former Pakistani Army doctor with Canadian citizenship, had also been found guilty in June 2011 of conspiring to attack a Danish newspaper, a plot hatched by the militant group that was never carried out.

Jan 17, 2013

Chicago man gets 14 years for aiding Pakistani militant group

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A federal judge sentenced a Pakistani-born Chicago businessman on Thursday to 14 years in prison for providing support to an Islamic militant group blamed for the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Tahawwur Rana, 52, a former Pakistani Army doctor with Canadian citizenship, had also been found guilty in June 2011 of conspiring to attack a Danish newspaper, a plot hatched by the militant group that was never carried out.

Jan 3, 2013

After “fiscal cliff,” U.S. conservatives eye Republican primaries

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress prevented hefty tax hikes and spending cuts with a “fiscal cliff” deal this week, but grassroots conservatives are already seeking 2014 primary challengers for high-profile Republican lawmakers who backed the deal.

Few challengers have yet come forward. But fiscally conservative activists irate at Republicans who voted to raise some taxes without cutting spending are casting about for opponents to Republicans including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and senators Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.

Dec 19, 2012

U.S. gun owners fear move to ban assault weapons just a first step

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Many U.S. gun owners fear a ban on assault weapons like one used in the Connecticut elementary school massacre would be the first step to taking away their guns, even though the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the right to bear arms.

Since a shooting rampage last Friday left 26 people dead at a school in Newtown, Connecticut using a type of assault rifle called an AR-15, a growing number of politicians have called for a ban on assault weapons.

Dec 19, 2012

Gun owners fear move to ban assault weapons just a first step

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Many gun owners fear a ban on assault weapons like one used in the Connecticut elementary school massacre would be the first step to taking away their guns, even though the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the right to bear arms.

Since a shooting rampage last Friday left 26 people dead at a school in Newtown, Connecticut using a type of assault rifle called an AR-15, a growing number of politicians have called for a ban on assault weapons.

Dec 13, 2012

Michigan Governor Snyder’s evolution on contentious labor law

LANSING, Michigan (Reuters) – Republican Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation on Tuesday that makes Michigan, the birthplace of the United Auto Workers, the 24th U.S. state to enact a “right-to-work” law that limits the rights of labor unions in the workplace.

The signing marked a whirlwind six days from introduction to final approval of the legislation, but a day that Republicans said was years in the planning.

Dec 13, 2012

Insight: How Republicans engineered a blow to Michigan’s powerful unions

LANSING, Michigan (Reuters) – As a trained aerospace engineer, Patrick Colbeck applied his penchant for data analysis and “systematic approach” to his new job in early 2011: a Michigan state senator, recently elected and keen to create jobs in the faded industrial powerhouse.

Those skills paid off handsomely for the first-term Republican this week as Governor Rick Snyder signed into law bills co-sponsored by Colbeck that ban mandatory union membership, making Michigan the nation’s 24th right-to-work state.

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      "Nick Carey is a Chicago-based, British-born journalist who has covered everything from the near-collapse of the Big Three automakers to the U.S. housing crisis. Nick is currently on general assignment, reporting on the human impact of the recession. He previously spent ten years working in central and eastern Europe."
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