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House bill would make vodka, whiskey and rum cheaper
House Republican Todd Young (Ind.) has introduced legislation to reduce the excise tax on vodka, rum, gin and whiskey.
Excise taxes are paid when purchases are made on a specific good and often included in the price of the product.
The Distillery Innovation and Excise Tax Reform Act unveiled Tuesday would drop the current tax rate for distilled spirits from… READ MORE
GOP senators call for over-the-counter birth control
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) is leading a new push to allow women to buy birth control without a prescription, hoping to deliver on one of… READ MORE
Arabs Who Want Israeli Rule
“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”
When former British Prime Minister,… READ MORE
OTHER NEWS From Around The Country
D.C. asks that gun-carrying restriction remain in effect
D.C. officials have asked a judge to let the city enforce a central element of its restrictive concealed-carry law — the requirement that handgun owners demonstrate a “good reason” for a permit to carry — while a lawsuit over the matter works its way through the federal court system.
Last week, U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. granted a… READ MORE
Even in flood-prone Houston, 11 inches of rain catches many unprepared
The Tuckers thought they were prepared.
The couple knew they lived in a flood-prone area: the Meyerland neighborhood, near Brays… READ MORE
Marine Corps veteran’s proposed gun shop riles Arlington, Virginia
Residents of Arlington, Virginia — which in 2012 overwhelmingly voted for President Obama and sits directly across the Potomac River… READ MORE
Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran marries longtime aide
JACKSON, Miss. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran — the Mississippi Republican whose 2014 primary campaign drew national attention over an aspiring blogger’s photos of his bedridden wife — has married his longtime aide, his office… READ MORE
One arrested after bomb squad detonates pressure cooker found in car near Capitol
One person was arrested Sunday evening after a bomb squad detonated a pressure cooker that was found in a vehicle near the U.S. Capitol building.
U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Lt. Kimberly Schneider said in a… READ MORE
Obama orders Rick Scott to expand Medicaid but without funds to do so
Florida lawmakers say they’re closer to averting a government shutdown this summer after the Obama administration moved to defuse a health-funding standoff with Republican Gov. Rick Scott that has featured a lawsuit, comparisons to a… READ MORE
Several arrests made as protesters flood Cleveland streets after officer’s acquittal
Police in riot gear made several arrests Saturday as protesters stormed the streets of Cleveland after a judge found a white city police officer not guilty in the deaths of two unarmed black suspects killed… READ MORE
NEWS HEARD AROUND THE WORLD
Japan to join U.S., Australia war games amid growing China tensions
Japan will join a major U.S.-Australian military exercise for the first time in a sign of growing security links between the three countries as tensions fester over China’s island building in the South China Sea.… READ MORE
SHOCK POLL: 81% OF AL JAZEERA ARABIC POLL RESPONDENTS SUPPORT ISLAMIC STATE
In a recent survey conducted by AlJazeera.net, the website for the Al Jazeera Arabic television channel, respondents overwhelmingly support the Islamic State terrorist group, with 81% voting “YES” on whether they approved of ISIS’s conquests… READ MORE
Countries pick sides in global fight for the Internet
The world is choosing sides in a fight over what the Internet will look like in the years to come.
In recent months, countries have rushed to sign cybersecurity pacts that not only secure cyberspace… READ MORE
Irish voters back same-sex marriage in ‘social revolution’
DUBLIN (Reuters) – The people of Ireland backed same-sex marriage by a landslide in a referendum that marked a dramatic social shift in a traditionally Catholic country that only decriminalized homosexuality two decades ago.
After… READ MORE