Three U.S. Senators have visited Cuba in order to discuss lifting the restrictions imposed on U.S. citizens. Their hope is that Congress supports President Barack Obama’s efforts to make closer relations with the Cuban government. Democrat Senators Patrick Leahy from Vermont and Ben Cardin from Maryland, along with the Republican Senator Dean Heller from Nevada met with the First Vice-President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz- Canel and the Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez. At this moment, U.S. Congress has a number of legislations waiting to be debated and voted upon, such as the bill to remove travel restrictions on Americans and a bill to revoke the U.S. economic embargo. The legislation cannot be passed due to a strong opposition by Republicans in the House of Representatives. However, Senators hope that the Upper Chamber will look into the legislation more seriously. Democrats are urging the Senate to review the measures on the restrictions that have been ...

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President Barack Obama’s legacy healthcare law has been backed by the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, when it rejected a conservative legal challenge. Obama has said this is proof Obamacare is working and the law is “here to stay.” The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, a law that was passed by Democrats in Congress in 2010 and opposed by every Republican ever since, was challenged with a Supreme Court case on the basis of four words that say that subsidies will be available to Americans buying insurance on exchanges “established by the state”. The plaintiffs in the case King v. Burwell stated that the Obama’s administration has wrongly interpreted the law allowing subsidies nationwide. According to Reuters the case that started as a long shot, has been sponsored by a libertarian Washington group Competitive Enterprise Institute, which has gathered four people to act as plaintiffs, one of them being David King, a self-employed limousine driver. He stated that ...

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U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of same-sex couples to marry. The ruling is a historic victory for American values and ideals, as well as the gay rights activists. The Court has ruled with a 5-4 vote that the U.S. Constitution provides legal ground and equal protection under law in relation to same-sex marriage. This means that the states cannot prohibit or ban gay marriage, which is now legal in all American states and territories. The Supreme Court justices left this major case for last, because of the sharp division between the Justices. However, with four liberal Justices, the swing vote came from Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who was appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1988. Kennedy has a strong record of support of gay rights and according to Reuters he wrote the Court case opinion. He wrote that the hope that gay people ...

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The debate of the confederate flag in the southern states has been brought to Congress on Thursday when Democrats proposed a resolution to remove it from the Capitol, which was faced by a strong opposition of Republicans. The issue has been put on the agenda after the infamous massacre in Charleston, South Carolina, when a 21 year old gunman killed nine black Americans during a Bible study at the Mother manuel Church. The hate crime has racial implications and the suspect, Dylann Roof, has been posting photos on social networks holding the Confederate battle flag and on website that includes a racist manifesto, emphasizing his white supremacy. The Confederate flag is a part of U.S. history and for many Americans it signifies the heroism of American soldiers killed 150 years ago. However, others see it as a symbol for oppressions, primarily because 11 Confederate states have rebelled and wanted to keep black people under slavery. The resolution was introduced in the ...

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U.S. Senate on Wednesday has approved the legislation that will make the largest American trade deal in a long time and will make U.S. ties to the Pacific Rim more stable. The legislation gives President Barack Obama a fast-track power in negotiating trade deals. With a vote of 60-38, the U.S. Senate has ended the two months long battle in Congress over the legislation, which will move next to the President for signing. The legislation comes in time for Obama to strengthen the foreign policy towards Asia and make the finishing touches on the 12 nation Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP is the next big trade agreement after the North American Free Trade Agreement, which was a trade liberalization between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The TPP is a trade deal that would cover 40 percent of the world economy with an annual global economic output of $300 billion. The countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership have been waiting for Congress ...

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The Supreme Court is set to issue rulings on a few cases until the end of June, including the decision on a central part of the Obama Care healthcare law, a signature legacy of President Barack Obama. U.S. Senate Democrats are saying that if the Supreme Court decides to invalidate the law, they are ready to make new legislation. The High Court will rule on the case King vs. Burwell, challenging tax subsidies that help Americans gets health insurance with the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as Obama Care. The case plaintiffs are arguing that the law restricts subsidies to states that have an established health insurance exchange under the law. This means that insurance companies would abandon marketplaces across the nation, making the policy holders see their premiums triple. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of invalidating the law, 6.4 million of low and middle income citizens in 34 ...

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The U.S. Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter is on a European Tour and has confirmed on Sunday that the United States and its NATO allies are prepared to assist with military if Russian President Vladimir Putin does not change course. Russia has annexed Crimea and intervened in the Ukraine in order to claim territories and because of that, NATO allies have been pushed to make a series of military moves with exercises and the creating of a NATO rapid response force. The recent changes in NATO have been made in order to prepare and make solutions for longer tensions with Russia. The Pentagon Chief, Ash Carter will be inspecting the rapid response forces in Germany and a U.S. warship in the Baltic Sea. There have been talks on re-position the military forces, which have come to a response by Vladimir Putin, who threatened with addition of more than 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles to its nuclear arsenal. This kind of threat shows ...

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Gay rights activists gather outside the US Supreme Court building in Washington, DC on June 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / MLADEN ANTONOVMLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images The Supreme Court is expected this month to rule on two of the biggest challenges of the session, gay marriage and Obamacare. The Supreme Court Justices will be facing many tensions this week due to the expected ruling on 11 cases, particularly because of two of the biggest cases of the session, which include gay couples case for the state ban of gay marriage and the conservative case of subsidies by Obamacare for easy access to health insurance of low and middle income Americans. Legal experts are predicting that the Court will allow the legalization of gay marriage nationwide, under the U.S. Constitution clause that guarantees equal treatment and with that same-sex marriage ban will be prohibited. Four votes are expected by the liberal judges and a swing vote ...

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The U.S. Senate Democrat members have blocked the annual defense appropriations bill in order to make Republicans debate and vote on domestic programs spending. This blockage was the first test that the Democrats have set upon the Republicans to force them to vote on more important bills that are not in the same category as defense spending. The threat has even been supported by President Barack Obama, with a possible veto if the bill passes in Congress. The decision to make this move comes when Republicans have used the budget negotiations to increase the spending level caps on defense, but leave the non-defense programs in place The budget caps were put in place in 2013, as a result of the 2011 Budget Control Act, known as the sequester, which is a Republican-led plan that means using $38 billion of special war contingency funds that will bypass the restrictions of the 2011 Budget ...

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From abcnews President Barack Obama on Friday called for tighter gun regulations after the mass shootings at a historic black church in Charleston. He urged for national debate for bolstering gun control laws and blamed the NRA for controlling Congress on the matter. The President has made a few statements in a couple of days after the shootings in Charleston, where nine black people were killed by a white gunman during a Bible study session at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday. The gunman, Dylann Roof, has confessed to the murders and according to witnesses it was a racism crime. It is not the first time that the President has acted upon gun control. The White House issued two dozen executive orders on gun safety and has proposed a measure to expand background checks during gun sale, right after the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. The ...

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