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Karl Rove and Rep. Erik Paulsen ‘glitter bombed’ at Minnesota conference

Republican strategist Karl Rove and Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen (R) were both separately showered with glitter Friday at the Minnesota Faith and Freedom Coalition strategy session. The group supports an upcoming ballot measure to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman in the state’s constitution. The conference…

‘Occupy Chicago’ joins anti-war protesters at Obama 2012 headquarters

Some “Occupy Chicago” protesters joined up with anti-war protesters on Thursday outside President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign headquarters at Chicago’s Prudential Plaza. “Occupy Chicago” began on September 23, when around 20 people gathered at Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, and then marched to the Federal Reserve Bank…

Rand Paul: Obama inflaming ‘Occupy Wall Street’ mob

Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky on Fox Business warned Thursday that the “Occupy Wall Street” protest in New York City could become violent thanks, in part, to President Barack Obama. “As far as this Occupy Wall Street movement goes, you know I see it sort of like a Paris…

Senate panel approves Richard Cordray for consumer bureau

The Senate Banking Committee on Thursday narrowly approved Richard Cordray to be the first ever Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but his nomination is expected to be halted by Republicans in the full Senate. The Bureau was created by the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act…

Rep. Paul Broun: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ an attack on freedom

Republicans have begun to line up against the “Occupy Wall Street” movement that began on September 17. During an appearance Thursday on ABC’s Top Line, Republican Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia claimed the protest was an attack on freedom. “Well, if you look at what they’ve been telling in the…

Councilman strip-searched for using profanity in complaint to police

A city councilman in Pennsylvania has filed a federal lawsuit against Gilberton mayor Mary Lou Hannon and police chief Mark Kessler after being arrested and strip-searched for using profanity in a voicemail. The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed the lawsuit (PDF) Thursday on behalf of Gilberton Borough Councilman…

Florida lawmaker hopes to repeal ‘dwarf-tossing’ prohibition

A Florida lawmaker has made headlines around the nation for his proposal to repeal a job destroying regulation in his state, namely the 1989 ban on “dwarf-tossing.” Republican state Rep. Ritch Workman introduced HB 4063 on Monday. The legislation would repeal provisions against the “exploitation of persons with dwarfism.” It…

Ron Paul: Economy is biased against the poor

Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said Thursday on CNN that the U.S. economic system was biased against the poor and middle-class. Paul was asked about a comment made by his fellow presidential candidate, Hermain Cain, who said that people should only blame themselves for not having a…

‘Occupy D.C.’ arrives in Freedom Plaza

A couple hundred protesters in Washington, D.C. affiliated with “Occupy D.C.” and “Stop the Machine” converged at Freedom Plaza on Thursday to protest corporate money in politics and wars overseas. Although the two groups are separate movements, they share many of the same goals and grievances. “We would like to…

Putin’s underwater treasure find was staged

A widely publicized incident where Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin discovered two ancient Greek jug fragments during a dive in the Kerch Strait was staged, according to his spokesman. The discovery was reported extensively by the media, both in Russia and elsewhere. Putin has said he plans to run for…

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