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The Expanded Violence Against Women Act Has Been Passed

There were so many people and organizations who worked tirelessly to get VAWA passed, and it's finally been done. The new version includes measures for protection to minorities and members of LBGT communities. It also focuses on Indian reservations and it allows undocumented immigrant survivors of domestic violence to seek legal status. These provisions were not in the VAWA that originally passed in 1994.

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34,000 U.S. Troops in Afghanistan, About Half, Are Coming Home Next Year

It's being reported by CNN that President Barack Obama will announce this in tonight's State of the Union address. By this time next year, 34,000 U.S. troops, currently serving our country in Afghanistan will have returned home.

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Jim Carrey Posts An Anti-Assault Weapons Tweet [POLL]

Now what could one of America's most beloved actors, Jim Carrey, possibly say that would have so many up in 'arms'?  It seems he's ruffled some features with a controversial tweet and he's feeling the wrath of the gun lobby.

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Geraldo Rivera Wants to Run for Senate in New Jersey. Against Cory Booker. Good Luck.

Geraldo Rivera wants to run for Senate. As a Republican. In New Jersey. And probably against Cory Booker. Cool story, bro.

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Kelly Clarkson, James Taylor + Beyonce Perform at President Obama’s 2013 Inauguration [VIDEOS]

President Barack Obama, our 44th president, has been sworn in for his second term, and the inauguration was exactly the star-studded occasion we've come to expect from our celeb-popular Commander-in-Chief.

Case in point: Musical performances included James Taylor singing 'America the Beautiful,' followed by Kelly Clarkson's rendition of 'America (My Country 'Tis of Thee),' and Beyonce wrapping things up with 'The Star-Spangled Banner.'

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Inauguration 2013 — Barack Obama Sworn In For Second Term As President

Barack Obama took the oath of office just before noon in Washington on Monday to begin his second term as president of the United States.

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Norwich, N.Y., Gun Shop Posts Sign Banning Obama Supporters (UPDATED)

Update: We interviewed the store's owner. His comments appear below.

Heading Due North, a gun and sporting-goods store in Norwich, New York, posted two photos to its Facebook page of signs in front of the store criticizing anyone who voted for President Barack Obama or New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The store is owned and operated by David Francis, who also signed a letter posted on the storefront window.

The sidewalk sign reads: "IF YOU VOTED FOR OBAMA OR CUOMO U ARE NOT WELCOME HERE."

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Should CNN’s Piers Morgan Be Taken Off The Air? [POLL]

According to the conservative group Americans for Legal Immigration, the answer is a resounding, yes! They are challenging CNN to take Piers Morgan off the air after his heated debates on gun control in America. Following debates with Alex Jones and Jessie Ventura, the gun control debate has been put back on the front page of American politics.

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‘Star Wars’ News: White House Nixes Death Star Plans

For whatever reason, 'Star Wars' fans petitioned the White House wanting the United States to make a Death Star. That the country our the government has no interest in making one is no surprise. But the Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget Paul Shawcross responded to the petition in the nerdiest way possible.

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The Al-Jazeera News Channel Is Coming To The U.S.

Current TV owned by former Vice President Al Gore has gone dark from Time Warner Cable Channel 134. It has been bought by Al-Jazeera. Now the Pan-Arab news channel will reach into the U.S. by nearly nine times it's current viewing audience to some 40 million homes.

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The Senate Will Introduce a Bill on Gun Control [VIDEO]

The Senate is poised to introduce 2013 legislation on gun control. The fact is, dozens of mass killings have occurred in our country since two teenagers went on a rampage at Columbine High School. Now with the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, more and more American's are calling on our leaders to do something about the growing list of mass shootings plaguing us. For example:

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Marijuana Now Legal In Colorado And Washington, What’s Next?

Wow, I can't believe I'm even typing that headline, but it's true. While most of us were watching election coverage on Tuesday, others were paying attention to a different sort of amendment.

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