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Racist online forums linked to deadly hate crimes: rights group report

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A white supremacist charged with killing three people near two Jewish community facilities in suburban Kansas City this week posted more than 12,000 messages on a racist website which carries the slogan "No Jews, Just Right," according to a leading organization that tracks hate groups.

Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticism

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November. Appearing in the White House briefing room days before leaving the national stage for a week-long trip to Asia, Obama used a news conference to make the case that the Affordable Care Act had mended nicely from its disastrous October rollout.

Obama : stop saying sorry for Obamacare

US President Barack Obama told fellow Democrats to stop saying sorry for his health care law Thursday, revealing that eight million people had now signed up for insurance. Obama said it was also time for Republicans to accept that the Affordable Care Act -- the cornerstone of his domestic legacy, which was plagued by a botched rollout and fierce political controversy -- works and is here to stay. "I think that Democrats should forcefully defend and be proud" of helping millions of people, Obama said at a press conference.

Obama says 8M signed up for health care through exchanges, contends 'this thing is working'

WASHINGTON - Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama said Thursday, besting expectations and offering new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections. Obama made a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room to trumpet the new figures, which beat initial projections by 1 million people. Equally critical: About 35 per cent of those who signed up are under the age of 35, Obama said. Enrolling substantial numbers of younger, healthier Americans is crucial for the law's success.

U.S. justices decline case of photo company, gay couple

(This April 7 story was corrected to remove reference to "gay marriage" and replace with "gay couple" in the headline) By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider whether a New Mexico photography company had free speech grounds to refuse to shoot the commitment ceremony of a same-sex couple.

Michael Bloomberg plans $50 million to build gun control network to fight NRA

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million this year on a new group that will mix campaign contributions with field operations aimed at pulling 1 million gun-control supporters to the polls, he announced Wednesday, adding a new dimension to his long-running fight for tighter firearms regulation.

Michael Bloomberg rules out 2016 presidential bid

Washington, Apr 16 (EFE).- Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday ruled out mounting a 2016 presidential campaign. In an appearance on NBC's "Today" program, the man who was mayor of the Big Apple until a few months ago said, when asked, that he has no interest in running for president at this time.

Michael Bloomberg rules out 2016 presidential bid

Washington, Apr 16 (EFE).- Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday ruled out mounting a 2016 presidential campaign. In an appearance on NBC's "Today" program, the man who was mayor of the Big Apple until a few months ago said, when asked, that he has no interest in running for president at this time.

Former New York Mayor Bloomberg to spend $50 million in anti-gun drive

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ramped up his efforts to fight gun violence on Wednesday with a plan to spend $50 million on a grassroots network to organize voters on gun control. The initiative's political target is the powerful pro-gun lobby, including the National Rifle Association, that spends millions of dollars each year to back gun-rights supporters.

Bloomberg arms US gun control with $50 mn

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg announced plans Wednesday to spend $50 million this year on the fight to tighten gun control laws and counter America's powerful gun lobby. Bloomberg's money will help bankroll a new campaign to reduce gun violence across the United States and the billionaire philanthropist hopes the initiative can eventually outdo the might of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
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