Davis signals she will run for governor
Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democrat who filibustered an abortion law for nearly 13 hours wearing pink running shoes, began the slow rollout of her campaign for Texas governor on Wednesday with an email asking supporters to spread the word and donate money ahead of a "what's next" announcement. The Fort Worth Democrat stopped short of revealing her decision, saying she would make a formal announcement about her decision on Oct. 3. But the well-trodden tactic of announcing an announcement clearly signals a campaign far larger than a re-election bid to her state Senate seat. The slow roll out has become a hallmark of modern campaigns.
Government frees political prisoners
In a sign that Iran's government is loosening its grip on domestic security, several political prisoners, including a prominent human rights lawyer, were released Wednesday. Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer who had been accused of insulting the government, was among those freed. Her husband, Reza Khandan, notified news agencies of Sotoudeh's release and posted the news on his Facebook page. In all, 11 prisoners were freed Wednesday, including journalists and reformist politicians.
House plans vote on food stamps
The yearslong fight over federal funding for food stamps is set for another showdown today when House Republicans plan to vote on a proposal to dramatically curtail aid to needy Americans. Every Democrat is expected to vote against the proposal. The GOP measure would slash about $39 billion over the next decade for food stamps, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is providing an average of $133 in monthly aid to more than 47 million Americans, according to a recent government report. The proposal differs sharply from a Senate plan passed this summer that would cut roughly $4.5 billion in SNAP money mostly by reducing administrative expenses.
Official appeals for help after attacks
Iraq's prime minister appealed to his people for support for the government's fight against insurgents as bombings in central and northern Iraq killed at least six and wounded scores on Wednesday. The bombings came a day after a series of attacks targeted commercial streets, killing at least 31 people in the latest chapter in the country's monthslong, spiraling violence. More than 4,000 people have been killed in Iraq since April, according to U.N. figures.
RICHMOND, VA.: A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that "liking" something on Facebook is a form of protected free speech.