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Celebrities may temper Twitter comments after 2011 blunders

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Celebrities may resist the urge to send a stream of consciousness on Twitter in the new year, after famous people tweeted their way into trouble on everything from boxer briefs to breast-feeding in 2011. NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne became the latest celebrity to blunder on Twitter,…

Washington to be first state to top $9 minimum wage

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Washington will be the first state to require a minimum wage of more than $9 an hour when it joins seven other states on Sunday in automatically adjusting salaries to keep up with inflation. More than a million low-wage U.S. workers will see their hourly pay go…

Voter photo ID, E-Verify laws to take effect in new year

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) – Laws that require voters to present photo identification at the polls, recognize same-sex civil unions and aim to restrict illegal immigration are among the state measures taking effect on New Year’s Day. Measures passed in 2011, which numbered nearly 40,000 across the country, often reflected…

Justice Roberts defends Thomas, Kagan on healthcare recusal issue

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chief Justice John Roberts expressed confidence on Saturday in the decisions by his Supreme Court colleagues on when to recuse themselves, an issue that has emerged in the legal battle over President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul law. Some Democrats in Congress have called for Justice Clarence Thomas…

Anglican leader urges goodwill to young people after riots

The archbishop of Canterbury dedicated his New Year’s message on Sunday to young people, warning they should not be demonised following a wave of rioting across England earlier this year. “Quite a lot of the images we’re likely to remember from the footage of the riots in the summer will…

Media rights group: 2011 ‘another bloody year’ for journalists

Media rights activist IFJ called on the United Nations Saturday to take “drastic action” against governments of the most dangerous countries for media after 106 journalists and media personnel were killed in 2011. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) said 2011 was “another bloody year” for the media. It blamed…

Huntsman trains White House sights on New Hampshire

As his Republican rivals blitz Iowa, underdog White House hopeful Jon Huntsman is pinning his hopes on New Hampshire, touting his foreign policy experience, especially in China. “There are two nations on the world stage and they will be as far as the eye can see into the 21st century…

‘Occupy’ protests target Republicans in Iowa

Protesters tied to the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, angrily denouncing “corrupt” US politicians, descended Saturday on the Iowa headquarters of Republican presidential candidates. Police arrested 10 of the demonstrators, including two teenage girls ages 14 and 16, outside Representative Michele Bachmann’s Urbandale base and charged them with trespassing, organizers said.…

Lots o’ media this week

I don't want to knock down the post below on the outrageous sex lies of 2011,  but I figured you were owed few notices about some media I've done and/or are doing this weekend: Yesterday, I was on the Michael Slate Show on KPFK in Los Angeles, talking about the…

Obama pledges to exempt Americans from indefinite detention law

President Barack Obama signed on New Year’s Eve a bill that gives the military authority to detain American citizens indefinitely and without criminal charge, breaking with the stroke of a pen one of his many campaign promises, even as he pledged that the new powers the bill grants will not…

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