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Rand Paul Commandeers Senate to Protest Patriot Act

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Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, the most libertarian-leaning of the major Republican presidential contenders, dominated the Senate floor from 1:18 to 11:49 p.m. Wednesday to decry the National Security Agency's mass collection of phone data without warrants.

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Senate Urges Obama to Free Pastor Imprisoned in Iran

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The U.S. Senate has voted unanimously to pass a resolution urging the Obama administration to do more to free an American pastor imprisoned in Iran since 2012.

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ISIS War Front on American Soil?

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U.S.-led airstrikes may have slowed ISIS's advance in the Middle East, but the brutal terrorist movement continues to attract followers around the world including the United States.

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Bird flu could cost nearly $1 billion in Minnesota and Iowa

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Bird flu could cost nearly $1 billion in the economies of the two states hardest hit, Minnesota and Iowa, agricultural economists said Monday, and the virus is still spreading.

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Air Force general who spoke of God in talk should be court-martialed, group says

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An Air Force general who recently spoke about how God has guided his career should be court-martialed, a civil liberties group is saying.

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Senate Debates as law allowing NSA to collect Americans' phone data set to expire

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A major supporter of the National Security Agency's anti-terrorism surveillance program, which allows the bulk collection of Americans' phone records, is pushing for an extension of the program, setting up a battle with critics who argue that Congress must fix the current law or let it expire.

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Obama Vows to 'Keep Fighting' for LGBT Rights on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

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In honor of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, President Obama this weekend vowed to "keep fighting, for however long it takes, until we are all able to live free and equal in dignity and rights."

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Iran Nuclear Deal Review Bill Overwhelmingly Passed by Congress

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Congress on Thursday sent President Barack Obama a bill to give lawmakers the power to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran.

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House Approves GOP Bill Banning Most Late-Term Abortions

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Republicans finally won House approval Wednesday for a late-term abortion ban after dropping rape provisions that provoked a rebellion by female GOP lawmakers, forcing party leaders into an embarrassing retreat.

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House Votes to End Spy Agencies' Bulk Collection of Phone Data

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The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would end spy agencies' bulk collection of Americans' telephone data, setting up a potential showdown with the U.S. Senate over the program, which expires on June 1.

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Texas Republicans Could Take New Stand on Same-Sex Marriage

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Racing both a U.S. Supreme Court decision on gay marriage and legislative deadlines, Texas Republicans pushed ahead Tuesday toward putting the state at the forefront of resistance if same-sex weddings are ruled constitutional.

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More than 40% of U.S. Honeybee Colonies Have Died in the Past 12 Months

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More than 40% of U.S. honeybee colonies died in a 12-month period ending in April, extending a troubling trend that has scientists scrambling for a solution and professional beekeepers struggling to stay in business.

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Americans less Christian, more 'unaffiliated,' survey finds

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The American people have become slightly less Christian and more "unaffiliated" in the last few years, says a new study that seeks to track even the smallest trends in this major cultural issue.

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Judgment Day for the U.S. Surveillance State

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Last week saw the first response to the issue by an appeals court outside the country’s secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court: The court ruled that the U.S. government's long-held justification for the National Security Agency's (NSA) bulk collection of Americans' phone records and other data is illegal under the USA Patriot Act.

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Could Science Help Ban Abortions?

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Premature babies are surviving earlier than in the Roe v. Wade era, potentially shifting the Supreme Court's guidepost of when abortion can legally be banned.

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