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The Texas Nationalist Movement wants the state of Texas to secede from the United States. They have started a petition to get a referendum for secession on the Texas Republican primary ballot on March 1.

Texas already seceded once — in 1861. But the Texas Nationalist Movement wants a repeat a century and a half later, and thinks the March GOP primary is the place to start. Read more»

Every state regulates medical marijuana differently. The result is wide disparities across the country, including everything from lab testing to costs. Read more»

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen explains how his agency wants to regulate politically active nonprofits during an interview on June 17, 2014, at the agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Expect a new round of proposed regulations during early 2015. Read more»

Products made from Yulex Corp.’s alternative rubber including a rubber glove, shoe sole, and building materials.

Phoenix-based Yulex Corp.was one of 35 companies, from 25 states, invited by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., to show the promise of bio-based manufacturing at a congressional event in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. Read more»

Independent journalism in the Americas is backsliding again, Freedom House says. Read more»

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, at podium, and Attorney General Eric Holder at the release in Washington of the latest Civil Rights Data Collection, a report on the nation’s schools. Arizona fared poorly in several categories compared to other states.

Arizona's public schools do not fare well when it comes to access to experienced and certified teachers, or to advanced math and science classes, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education. Read more»

Three peace activists, (from left) Michael R. Walli, Sister Megan Rice and Greg Boertje-Obed, have been charged with trespassing for breaching the exterior security at America’s premier vault for nuclear weapons-grade uranium in around thirty minutes.

An 82-year-old nun has upended the lax regulation of the U.S. nuclear weapons establishment. Read more»

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, said it’s incumbent on Congress to take action and impose abortion restrictions if local officials pass policies that can 'torture pain-capable children.'

The House Judiciary Committee Wednesday approved a bill by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, to ban abortions in the District of Columbia after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Read more»

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington D.C.

I plan to be among the thousands of people who will celebrate Sunday's dedication of the national memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. And how could I avoid it? It's taking place in my adopted hometown and on my birthday. Read more»