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Republican seeking Michele Bachmann’s seat may have violated campaign finance law

A Republican hoping to replace Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) may have violated campaign finance rules by appearing in a local contractor’s television ad. Former state Rep. Tom Emmer identified himself in the ad as a congressional candidate and stands in front of his campaign sign, according to the blog Blue…

Greek neo-Nazi lawmakers face criminal charges for belonging to Golden Dawn

Four lawmakers from Greece’s Golden Dawn neo-Nazi party were charged Wednesday with belonging to a criminal organisation as the authorities move to dismantle the group after the murder of an anti-fascist musician. The indictments — the first ever against neo-Nazi MPs in Greece — were unveiled as Golden Dawn’s leader…

Russia charges five Greenpeace activists with piracy

Russian investigators on Wednesday charged five Greenpeace campaigners with piracy over an open-sea protest against Arctic oil drilling, the environmental group said, calling the move an “outrage”. The charge against the activists — a Briton, a Finn, a Brazilian, a Russian and a dual US-Swedish citizen — dimmed hopes that…

U.S. stocks drop as government shuts down

US stocks opened lower Wednesday as the partial US government shutdown dragged on and fresh data showed slow job creation for September. Five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 85.14 (0.56 percent) to 15,106.56. The broad-based S&P 500 lost 10.04 (0.59 percent) at 1,684.96, while the tech-rich…

Republican complains: Newer lawmakers oppose Obamacare but never had a chance to vote against it

A House Republican said the Affordable Care Act should be delayed or defunded because many newer lawmakers weren’t in office to vote against it. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) was among a group of 79 House Republicans who signed on to a letter urging House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to tie…

Anti-LGBT pastor running for Massachusetts gov. because ‘homosexuality is condemned by God’

A Christian evangelical pastor who has been sued for his connection to Uganda’s so-called “kill the gays” bill and taken credit for Russia’s law against homosexual “propaganda” announced that he was running for governor of Massachusetts. In a statement earlier this week, Scott Lively said that prayer had convinced him…

Hannity frets about Obamacare sign-up glitches delaying ambulances

Sean Hannity took time during his radio broadcast on Tuesday to worry about poor people who need an ambulance right away, but are stuck hitting the “refresh” command on their browsers, waiting to access the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — sign-up screens. According to Media Matters,…

Rick Perry warns that implementing Obamacare is a ‘criminal act’

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Tuesday said that moving forward with President Barack Obama’s health care reform law that was passed by Congress in 2008 was a “felony” and a “criminal act.” At a campaign event for Republican New Jersey Senate candidate Steve Lonegan, Perry blamed Democrats for the…

Hidden cameras capture critically endangered Sumatran rhino in Indonesian Borneo

Hidden cameras have captured images of the critically endangered Sumatran rhino on the Indonesian part of Borneo island, where it was thought to have long ago died out, the WWF said Wednesday. Sixteen camera traps — remote-controlled cameras with motion sensors frequently used in ecological research — filmed the rhino…

Colbert: I am Ur-Lord of the shutdown Afterscape and I will test your drugs

Arch-conservative host of “The Colbert Report” Stephen Colbert took news of the government shutdown in his usual low key, couldn’t-be-bothered fashion. Actually, that isn’t true at all. Colbert celebrated the fact that 94 percent of EPA workers are off duty during the shutdown by pouring an old can of paint…

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