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Supreme Court to hear Voting Rights Act challenge

A cornerstone of the Voting Rights Act, passed in 1965 to protect minority groups in southern states from unjust voting laws, could be overturned this year, reported Bloomberg. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments challenging the part of the law that requires all or part of 16 states in…

California Dems win big after manipulating districts

Last year we wrote about how Democrats used front groups, disingenuous testimony, and other aggressive tactics to manipulate California’s independent redistricting commission. The effort was meant to create safe seats for the Democratic Party and in particular for incumbents. “Every member of the Northern California Democratic Caucus has a ticket…

Obama: ‘Open to compromise’ but firm on tax increases for wealthiest

by Ewen MacAskill and Dominic Rushe President says he is not ‘wedded to every detail of my plan’ but insists he wants to raise taxes for wealthiest Americans Barack Obama used his first public appearance since his return to the White House to issue a challenge to Republicans in Congress…

Groupon shares hit lowest level since going public

Groupon shares plunged to their lowest level since the online deals giant went public a year ago, as analysts offered a harsh response to a disappointing earnings report. In morning trade, Groupon tumbled 28 percent to $2.81 — down some 85 percent from the public offering price in November 2011…

CEO who forced workers to attend Romney rally cuts 156 jobs and blames Obama

The CEO of Ohio-based Murray Energy Corp., who forced his employees to attend an August rally for failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, announced on Wednesday that 156 jobs would have to be cut because of President Barack Obama’s reelection. CEO Robert E. Murray read a prayer to employees before…

Nate Silver: ‘Math does not need to be intimidating’

Fresh off the political equivalent of pitching a perfect game, New York Times number-cruncher Nate Silver told The Today Show he hoped his performance during the 2012 election helped make math a little cooler. “Math does not need to be intimidating,” Silver said. “It can be fun. And interesting and…

Russia’s Putin hires army chief in military shake-up

President Vladimir Putin on Friday replaced Russia’s army chief of staff with a veteran commander from a Chechnya war, in a military shake-up after the dramatic sacking of the defence minister. Putin announced that army chief Nikolai Makarov has been replaced by General Valery Gerasimov, a commander from the second…

Google’s China service disrupted without explanation

Google on Friday reported unexplained disruptions to its service in China. “We’ve checked and there is nothing wrong on our end,” a Google spokeswoman told AFP. An online tool that tracks outages or disruptions to the California-based Internet giant’s services showed online traffic in China plummet mid-day. The disruption followed…

Md. DREAM Act passage inspires hope for national immigration reform

Misael Garcia, 22, wants to go to school, major in business and open his own restaurant someday. Though he admits that he didn’t grow up thinking he was going to go to college, he was eventually encouraged that he could do it. But when he went to the Community College…

Study: Obama’s reelection drives racist tweet increase from south

A study of hate speech on Twitter in the week surrounding President Barack Obama’s reelection this week concluded that most of the racist rhetoric against Obama emanated from southern states, The Atlantic reported Friday. In a blog post earlier this week, Matthew Zook, co-founder of the geo-coded data research group…

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