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Stand Your Ground laws Challenged at the UN

This month, the United Nation’s Committee on Human Rights (CHR) will be considering a report submitted by the Dream Defenders, the NAACP, and the Community Justice Project of Florida Legal Services. Dream Defender Ahmad Abuznaid will travel to Geneva to meet with the CHR. The report alleges that the U.S. is in violation of its treaty obligations under the “International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,” (ICCPR). Specifically, stand your ground laws, (SYG), violate America’s obligation to protect the lives of its citizens. They also allege that juries apply these laws in a racially discriminatory fashion, although this doesn’t appear to be the formal charge levied against the United States.

The reports states, “These laws make it easier for people to murder other human beings and without facing legal consequences. They essentially eviscerate any deterrent to gun related homicides, and provide a road map to getting out of jail with blanket immunity.” To support this claim the report cites a study conducted at the University of Texas A&M. The study alleges that Stand Your Ground laws cause 500-700 additional homicides in the states that have adopted them. They also cite additional data showing that in SYG states homicides are more likely to be ruled justifiable. According to the report, this violates America’s sworn commitment not to arbitrarily deprive Americans of their lives.

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Former warlord named as ‘mentor’ of 9/11 mastermind to run for president in Afghanistan

The former Islamist warlord who was named in the 9/11 commission report as being the “mentor” of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — the mastermind of the attacks — has announced his candidacy for the presidency of Afghanistan.

Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayyaf, 67, drove through Kabul on Thursday in a motorcade flanked by heavily-armed ex-fighters to register for the April 2014 election, The Telegraph reports.

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Reid: Boehner’s ‘job not as important as our country’…

Washington (CNN) – In an interview with CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid accused House Speaker John Boehner of being more worried about his job than the country amid a government shutdown.

The Nevada Democrat also talked for the first time Thursday about Boehner reneging on an agreement between the two over a “clean” spending bill, and admitted he directed his chief of staff to  leak embarrassing e-mails that they say indicate Boehner changed his position on Obamacare subsidies for Congress.

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CEO’s step up layoffs while lobbying House for guest workers…

This week, the pharmaceutical giant Merck announced it will cut 8,500 jobs in an effort to remain competitive in a rapidly changing drug industry. Earlier this year, Merck announced plans to cut 7,500 jobs, bringing the total of workers let go to 16,000. In all, Merck intends to lay off one out of every five of its employees.

At the same time, top Merck officials are urging Congress to loosen the nation’s immigration laws to allow more foreign workers into the United States. In a Sept. 10 letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Merck Executive Vice President for Human Resources Mirian Graddick-Weir urged that the U.S. admit more high- and low-skilled immigrants to “address the reality that there is a global war for talent” and to “align our nation’s immigration policies with its workforce needs at all skill levels to ensure U.S. global competitiveness.

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PELOSI: WE’LL DO ‘WHATEVER IT TAKES’ TO CONFERENCE WITH SENATE ON IMMIGRATION

On Wednesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Democrats are willing to do “whatever it takes” to go to conference with the Senate to pass an immigration bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for all of the country’s illegal immigrants.
At a press conference where Pelosi and other Democrats introduced comprehensive immigration reform legislation that included most of the provisions in the Senate’s bill (minus some of the border security provisions), Pelosi said she was “prepared to do whatever it takes to go to conference with a joint bill” that would “stop the deportations” and provide a “path to citizenship.” She emphasized that now is the time to “rally around comprehensive immigration reform.”

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Firearms Industry Praises Bipartisan Introduction of 2013 Sportsmen’s Act in US House

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, today praised the bipartisan House leadership of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) for introducing the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2013.

CSC Co-Chairs, U.S. Reps. Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), joined by Vice-Chairs, U.S. Reps. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and Tim Walz (D-Minn.), introduced the SHARE Act as a package of pro-sportsmen’s legislation designed to safeguard and promote America’s hunting and fishingtraditions and that is expected to garner wide support from both sides of the political aisle.

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Senate votes to keep massive subsidy for itself…

A sense of the absurd spread on the Senate floor as lawmakers voted a second time within hours to reject a House-passed funding stopgap shortly before a midnight deadline to avoid a government shutdown.

Senators defeated the House proposal along party lines, 54-46. There were no defections. The measure would have delayed the individual mandate, a core piece of the Affordable Care Act, and prevented congressional lawmakers and staff from receiving federal subsidies when they enter healthcare exchanges.

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Defund Obamacare vote set for House…

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives has voted 40 times to repeal or curtail the Affordable Care Act since Republicans took control of the chamber in 2011 – and each time the Democratic Senate has swatted away their bills.

In using the threat of a government shutdown as leverage, House Republicans will vote Friday on legislation they view as their single best opportunity to block the president’s signature legislative accomplishment just as it is about to take hold.

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