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Inside Politics: U.S. to offer millions in bounties al-Shabab leaders
It will be first time the program has offered rewards for members of al-Shabab, which is accused of terrorist attacks in Somalia, Uganda and Kenya. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the bounties have not yet been announced.
The program will offer up to $7 million for al-Shabab’s founder, up to $5 million each for three of his main associates and up to $3 million each for two other top members.
Another judge strikes down part of Defense of Marriage Act
NEW YORK — A federal judge in Manhattan joined a growing chorus of judges across the country Wednesday by striking down a key component of the federal law that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
U.S. District Judge Barbara Jones said the Defense of Marriage Act’s definitions “intrude upon the states’ business of regulating domestic relations” by re-examining the marriage definitions by the various states — six of which, plus the District of Columbia, recognize gay marriages.
The ruling came in a case brought by Edith Windsor, a woman whose partner died in 2009, two years after they married in Canada. Because of the federal law, Ms. Windsor didn’t qualify for the unlimited marital deduction on her late spouse’s estate and was required to pay $363,053 in federal estate tax. Ms. Windsor sued the government in November 2010.
The government declined to comment through Ellen Davis, a spokeswoman for government attorneys in Manhattan.
The White House is denying claims from Republican Sen. John McCain that it orchestrated leaks of classified information to news organizations to boost President Obama’s national security reputation and re-election chances.
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