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Gov. Quinn signs medical marijuana law

Nathan Weisman

August 5, 2013


Filed under Nation & World

Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill into law Thursday that will make the use of medical marijuana legal. The law makes Illinois the 21st state to make medical marijuana legal with some of the strongest regulations."This bill is a very carefully crafted bill to make sure it's done right," Quinn said at the si...

ICYMI: World news for Aug. 5

The Associated Press

August 5, 2013


Filed under Nation & World

U.S. shutters diplomatic posts amid al-Qaida threat U.S. diplomatic posts in 19 cities in the Mideast and Africa will remain closed for the rest of the week amid intercepted "chatter" about terror threats, which lawmakers briefed on the information likened to intelligence picked up before the Sept....

Senate committee approves Illinois Republican’s anti-gang initiative

Haley BeMiller

July 30, 2013


Filed under Nation & World

In an effort to combat gang violence, the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a funding plan to reduce crime and gun access nationwide.The committee approved the 2014 fiscal year Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Appropriations bill with a vote of 21-9. In total, it allocates $52.3 billion f...

Israel agrees to free 104 Palestinian prisoners

The Associated Press

July 28, 2013


Filed under Nation & World

Israel's Cabinet approved the release of 104 long-held Palestinian prisoners Sunday, clearing a hurdle toward a possible resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks after five years of paralysis.The prisoner release is part of a push by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to bring the two sides bac...

Congress misses deadline, interest rates double on student loans

Callie Bretthauer

July 7, 2013


Filed under Nation & World

July 1 marked the deadline for Congress to act in order to prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling. The interest rate, which has been a fixed 3.4 since 2007, will now be 6.8 percent."I think it's ridiculous how Congress can't make a decision about giving students a break on their loans," S...

Egypt: A revolution, redux

Haley BeMiller

July 7, 2013


Filed under Nation & World

After only one year in power, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has been ousted from political office, and Egypt's future is once again clouded with uncertainty.The beginning of the end for Morsi was when opposition groups planned protests for June 30 to mark the anniversary of his 2012 inauguration. Several g...

Supreme Court’s actions only the first step in the fight for gay rights

Kevin Gross

July 2, 2013


Filed under Nation & World

By now, I'm sure all of you readers are aware of the Supreme Court's repeal of California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which allows people to marry in California and eliminates the federal definition of a marriage as a union between a man and a woman, respectively.This is undoub...

“Vote No”: A reflection on Minnesota’s gay rights campaign and on the national gay rights movement

Kevin Gross

July 2, 2013


Filed under Nation & World

Author's Note: This is a Q&A session with Liam Mackin, a DePaul student who was a past activist for Minnesota's "Vote No" Campaign, which was run by the organization Minnesotans United for All Families. Due in part to the efforts of this campaign and other similar movements, the Minnesota populace succes...

ICYMI: courtroom edition

The Associated Press

June 30, 2013


Filed under Nation & World

SCOTUS decides on slew of controversial casesHigh court sends back Texas race-based plan Affirmative action in college admissions survived Supreme Court review Monday in a consensus decision that avoided the difficult constitutional issues surrounding a challenge to the University of Texas adm...

Obama unveils new strategies to slow climate change

Haley BeMiller

June 30, 2013


Filed under Nation & World

President Barack Obama issued a new plan to combat climate change last week, listing a range of methods the United States can use to limit carbon emissions and other threats to a warming planet.One of Obama's biggest plans is to direct the Environmental Protection Agency to implement carbon pollution...

Leaders devise new plan for Syria at G8 summit

Amy Morton

June 23, 2013


Filed under Nation & World

Every year, the Group of Eight (G8) gathers for a meeting to discuss worldly issues such as poverty, tax evasion, security and transparency. The group is formed of eight nations, which include Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The summit was held Ju...

Justice Department secretly obtained press phone records

Jackie Tortorello

May 19, 2013


Filed under Nation & World

ξThe Associated Press (AP) revealed Monday, May 13, that the U.S. Justice Department obtained two months of telephone records from a list of reporters and editors associated with the AP. The AP is calling this a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into the way news organizations gather and opera...

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