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Senators ready to try again on U.S. cybersecurity legislation

U.S. administration officials, private sector executives and privacy advocates are reviewing a draft of a bill that would encourage sharing of cybersecurity data between the government and companies, two key Senators said on Wednesday. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, and Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss, a Georgia Republican, said they have circulated the draft to key stakeholders in its early stages to avoid the disagreements that have thwarted passage in the past. "We have worked together for months to draft a bill that allows companies to monitor their computer networks for cyber attacks, promotes sharing of cyber threat information and provides liability protection for companies who share that information," Feinstein and Chambliss said in a statement. Many companies have urged Congress to pass cyber legislation but ensure that it limits the private sector's liability in sharing cyber data.

US panel urges action on Pakistan religious freedom

An expert panel on Wednesday urged the United States to add Pakistan to a blacklist of violators of religious freedom, saying that the Ahmadi minority suffers "apartheid-like" conditions. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom, which advises the government on policy but does not take action on its own, urged the State Department to add Pakistan to its list of "countries of particular concern" subject to potential sanctions. In an annual report, the commission said Pakistan "represents the worst situation in the world for religious freedom" among countries that are not already on the US blacklist and that conditions in the past year "hit an all-time low." Robert George, chairman of the commission, voiced alarm over treatment of the Ahmadis, who were declared by Pakistan to be non-Muslims in 1974.

Progress on TPP deal with U.S. but a gap remains: Japan official

By Jonathan Spicer NEW YORK (Reuters) - Japan and the United States have made progress on a two-way trade deal but a gap remains and effort is needed to come to a final compromise, a top official in Japan's cabinet said on Wednesday. Yasutoshi Nishimura, senior vice-minister of the Cabinet Office, told reporters in New York the two countries were in the "last stretch" of a deal vital to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation bloc that would extend from Asia to Latin America. "The last stretch is not going to be easy." Nishimura, who is responsible for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic revival plan, said a deal on TTP was one of the pillars of its growth strategy. The growth plan, to be unveiled by the government in June, is the third of three so-called arrows after the Bank of Japan launched hyper-easy monetary policy and the government launched mass fiscal spending.

U.S. Senate to vote this year on campaign finance amendment: Schumer

By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate will vote this year on a proposed constitutional amendment that would let states and Congress regulate campaign finance laws, Senator Chuck Schumer said on Wednesday. The New York Democrat made the announcement weeks after a ruling on April 2 by the U.S. Supreme Court striking down aggregate campaign donation limits, a decision that could allow wealthy individuals to contribute even more to candidates and party committees. The proposed constitutional amendment, written by New Mexico Democrat Tom Udall, would empower Congress to regulate federal election spending and outside groups, and give states the chance to dictate their own internal campaign finance rules.

China poised to overtake US economy: World Bank

China is advancing rapidly to overtake the United States as the biggest economy in the world, new data shows, with the leader of the world economy since the 19th century possibly losing its top spot to the Asian giant from this year. "The United States remained the world's largest economy (in 2011), but it was closely followed by China" once data was adjusted for comparison on a standard basis, the World Bank said on Wednesday. In parallel, the OECD grouping 34 advanced economies and analysing the same data, said that "the three largest economies in the world were the United States with 17.1 percent (of global output), China 14.9 percent and India 6.4 percent." "Large emerging economies, China, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Russian Federation and South Africa, accounted for about 30 percent of global GDP in 2011, up from about 20 percent in 2005," the OECD said.

Running for President? A Known Name Can Help

When it comes to running for president – at least at this early stage – a famous name sure helps. So it is in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, in which some of the most recognizable potential candidates – Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Jeb...

Lethal Injection: Worse Than Hanging

The fate of Clayton Derrell Lockett whose execution was botched on Tuesday night was hardly unusual. It’s the worst method of execution since the 19th century.

Philippines says treaty obliges US to help in South China Sea

Manila said Wednesday the United States had a treaty obligation to help the Philippines if it is attacked on its own territory or in the South China Sea, as it rejected criticism of a security agreement. President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared the US would support its ally in the event of being attacked, a day after his government signed an agreement allowing a greater American military presence on Philippine bases over 10 years. Obama cited a 1951 mutual defence treaty but did not specifically mention coming to Manila's aid in the South China Sea, where China and the Philippines are in dispute over tiny islets, reefs and rocks. "Under the mutual defence treaty, the United States will come to the assistance of the Philippines if our metropolitan territory is attacked or if our armed forces are attacked in the Pacific area," Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said in a statement.

The Abused Wives of Westeros

‘Game of Thrones’ is famous for boobs, battles, and baby dragons. But fans of the ‘Ice and Fire’ series would argue that the fantastical tale is really about feminism.

The Great Lime Shortage Of 2014

Tacos and guacamole with lemon? Margaritas with…citrus juice? No key lime pie? That’s what we’re facing after disease, storms, and even drug cartels decimated this year’s crop.

Is Obama Really the Deporter-in-Chief?

Republicans say Obama is soft on illegal immigration, while immigration advocates claim he’s on track to deport more people than any other U.S. president. Is he? Well, yes and no.

Who to Blame for Sterling and Bundy

The Clippers owner and Nevada rancher will soon be forgotten as racist cranks, but if we want a new chapter of true equality and respect, we need a new politics—especially from the GOP.

Boehner-Haters: Back With a Vengeance

Tea Partiers vowed to knock him off after the 2012 election—and now they’re revving up the fight again ahead of a May 6 primary, for which he’s been forced to hit the campaign trail.

The GOP’s Senate Plan: Dominate D.C.

From abortion bans to Obamacare cuts to, maybe, an empty Supreme Court chair, the Republicans already know exactly what they’ll do if they get control of both houses of Congress.

John O’Hara and the Giddy Thrill of Ruin

Alone among his contemporaries, novelist John O’Hara resisted the implacable cynicism inspired by the Depression. Instead, he caught the upside of catastrophe.

Now They’re Crucifying People in Syria

The jihadist group so radical it got kicked out of al Qaeda has apparently hit a new and shocking low: It’s allegedly crucifying its enemies.

Fame at All Costs—Including Abortion

When a U.K. woman announced her plan to get an abortion in pursuit of a stint on ‘Big Brother,’ the Twitterverse was horrified—even pro-choicers. So can you be selectively pro-choice?

Dancing With the (Fembot) Stars

Olympian Amy Purdy might win this season of ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ and she’s a double amputee. The technology that keeps her twirling and dipping is nothing short of incredible.

Why ‘Mean Girls’ Is Still So Fetch

Why, a decade later, we are still obsessed with Tina Fey’s crackling script, the Plastics, Lindsay Lohan’s star-making performance, and whether or not butter is a carb.

Britain’s Tea Party Tantrum

Britain, meet your very own Sarah Palin—Ukip leader Nigel Farage, who is upending British politics and outraging the moderate center with his rag-tag ultra-right-wing party.