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Three arrested at Republican Rep. Paul Ryan’s town hall event

Three people were arrested on Tuesday for disrupting a town hall event in Greenfield, Wisconsin held by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman. Another 20 people were escorted out of the event for interrupting Ryan’s speech. Two of the three people arrested were fined $429 and the…

Progressive tax system associated with greater happiness: study

The more progressive a tax system — where higher tax brackets have higher tax rates — the more likely people are to report feeling they live the “best possible life,” according to a new study comparing 54 nations. “The more progressive the tax policy is, the happier the citizens are,”…

Robert Reich tears down Mitt Romney’s ‘job machine’

University of California professor Robert Reich appeared Tuesday night on MSNBC’s The Last Word to discuss Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s job plan. The 59-point plan calls for tax cuts, cuts in the federal workforce and rollbacks in environmental, health and banking rules. Romney called his plan, “A job machine.”…

Trumka: Chances are AFL-CIO will endorse Obama for 2012

Richard Trumka, president of the largest federation of unions in the U.S., said Tuesday on MSNBC that the AFL-CIO would probably endorse President Barack Obama in 2012. “President Obama has been a friend for us,” Trumka said. He previously threatened to withdraw the AFL-CIO’s attendance at the upcoming Democratic convention…

Wisconsin cut $635 per student under Gov. Scott Walker’s budget

Wisconsin was first among 24 states in reducing state education aid since last year, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington-based think tank. State spending per student dropped $635 from the last fiscal year, thanks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s budget, which took…

White House denies plans to reduce troops in Iraq to 3000

White House spokesman Jay Carney on Tuesday denied that U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had approved a plan to reduce the amount of U.S. troops in Iraq to about 3,000 by the end of the year. Fox News reported that Panetta had already signed off on the decision to withdraw…

Cheney refuses to admit making any mistakes

During an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday, former Vice President Dick Cheney defended the all decisions made during the Bush administration, refusing to say he made any mistakes at all. “I pointed out to the former vice president that everyone makes mistakes, and there’s nothing wrong with admitting…

Professor: Ugly people need ‘affirmative action’

Unattractive people should be legally protected against discrimination, according to University of Texas at Austin professor Daniel Hamermesh. Studies have found that employers are more likely to hire good-looking candidates and that less attractive people earn less than their more attractive peers. “Logically, I see no difference between this and…

Ron Paul’s latest ad slams Rick Perry as ‘Al Gore’s Texas cheerleader’

Congressman Ron Paul’s presidential campaign released a new advertisement on Tuesday that attacks his rival Texas Gov. Rick Perry for his involvement in Al Gore’s 1988 presidential bid. The ad also highlights Paul’s early support for former President Ronald Reagan The 60-second spot will be aired in New Hampshire and…

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has large lead among Iowa GOP

Texas Governor Rick Perry is the favorite pick among Republican voters in Iowa, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports poll. Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa had taken issue with Perry’s “strategic” decision to “step on” the Ames Straw Poll by announcing his presidency on the same day. Fox News…

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