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2003 letter suggests Whitman knew housekeeper was undocumented

LOS ANGELES — Meg Whitman, the former eBay chief running to become governor of California, lashed back Wednesday at a charge she knowingly employed an illegal immigrant as a housekeeper. But a lawyer for the housekeeper countered by publicly releasing a letter to Republican candidate Meg Whitman from US social…

Scientists find new way to generate human stem cells

WASHINGTON — US researchers have found a new, “remarkably efficient” way to generate human stem cells that could provide an alternative to using embryonic stem cells in treating disease, a study published Thursday said. The new method does not require risky genetic modification and holds huge therapeutic promise, said the…

Michigan prosecutor who picketed gay student barred from campus

Michigan governor calls for Shirvell’s firing; state AG defends him UPDATE: Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox has not suspended his assistant, Andrew Shirvell, as was previously reported. Shirvell has “taken a personal leave following intense public scrutiny” and “will be the subject of a disciplinary hearing after he returns to…

At least 78 GOP candidates would force women to bear rapists’ babies

A partial list of Republican candidates running for US Congress in this year’s mid-term elections shows that at least 78 of them have professed to oppose abortion in all cases, including where rape or incest are involved. The Republican National Coalition For Life, a political action committee formed by anti-feminist…

Rupert Murdoch defends Fox to Congress

News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch engaged US lawmakers in a heated debate Thursday on immigration as he defended coverage by his Fox News networks against critics who claim it is overly conservative. “We welcome all views on Fox News. We don’t censure, we’re not anti-mmigrant on Fox News,” he told…

Holocaust museum shooter had senior White House adviser in sights: report

James von Brunn, the white supremacist who officials say shot dead a security guard at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, last year, was planning to target a senior White House adviser, Time magazine reported Thursday. In a report on domestic extremism in the US, Time correspondent Barton Gellman dropped…

Musharraf warns of new military coup in Pakistan

LONDON — Former president Pervez Musharraf warned Wednesday that Pakistan’s military could launch another coup, as he prepared to launch a new party and rejoin the country’s turbulent politics. The retired general said army chief Ashfaq Pervez Kayani could be forced to intervene against the government of President Asif Ali…

Maher: Racism behind Tea Party hypocrisy on Obama, Bush deficits

O’Reilly reminds Maher US might still be party to torture HBO host Bill Maher ventured into the lion’s den this week, sitting down for a two part interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. During the first several minutes of the opening night’s segment, however, O’Reilly seemed to get all…

Ritalin would bring an end to blogging

Many of the ideas I get from blogging are due strictly to what is probably a low-grade, undiagnosed form of ADD. I’m constantly jumping back and forth between Google Reader, Twitter, and whatever long form articles I’ve pulled up to read. Seriously, if I want to just buckle down and…

AG: FBI agents won’t be charged in imam’s death

Mich. attorney general: FBI agents won’t face charges for shooting Detroit Imam 20 times Michigan’s attorney general said Thursday that he won’t file criminal charges against FBI agents who shot a Detroit mosque leader 20 times, killing him during a raid last year on a suburban warehouse. It is “undisputed”…

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