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Report: General McChrystal ‘offered to resign’

UPDATE: Pentagon source tells CNN that McChrystal is likely to resign on Wednesday General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has “offered to resign” according to Time magazine’s Joe Klein, who spoke to CNN. Klein cites an unnamed yet “very reliable” source. The network was working to confirm…

TX GOP platform: Re-criminalize sodomy, make gay marriage a felony

Texas Republicans are a conservative lot. Still, it’s difficult to imagine mainstream GOP voters demanding their neighbors be jailed for engaging in a little hanky-panky behind closed doors. Nevertheless, the state’s Republican party has voted on a platform [PDF link] by which their candidates will stand, and it includes the…

Suspected Times Square bomb plotter pleads guilty

A Pakistan-born American citizen accused of plotting to detonate a car bomb near Times Square pleaded guilty on Monday to the first of a series of charges related to the failed attack, according to published reports. Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old Connecticut resident, entered a guilty plea on one count, but…

Report claims Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel to quit after midterm elections

Update: Emanuel traded favors with Blagojevich NBC Chicago reports, “President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, then a congressman in Illinois, apparently attempted to trade favors with embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich while he was in office, according to newly disclosed e-mails obtained by The Associated Press.” Emanuel agreed to sign…

Republican congressman on BP’s CEO: ‘He should go’

Rep. Richard Shelby (R-AL) is no Joe Barton. Appearing on CBS’s Face the Nation this Sunday, Shelby went in the opposite direction of his House GOP counterpart from Texas: Instead of apologizing to BP, the Alabama Republican called for the company’s CEO to resign. “I thought the fact that the…

Missouri cop caught on tape shooting restrained dog

In a police video that recently surfaced on YouTube, a Missouri officer responding to a neighborhood complaint attempts to capture a restrained bulldog, then appears to give up and simply shoot the animal, once in the chest and once in the head. The dog’s owner, Marcus Mays of LaGrange, Missouri,…

Blackwater-connected firm gets $100m+ Afghan security contract

U.S. Training Center, an affiliate of the controversial mercenary group formerly known as Blackwater, has been given a major new contract to provide security for U.S. diplomats in two Afghan cities. The contract, confirmed by the U.S. State Department on Saturday, would be worth over $120 million if extended for…

Rove recommends Obama consult academia, then slams academics

In the world of former Bush political adviser Karl Rove, “eggheads from academia” are either good or bad, depending on which position seems most opportune: even if it’s one, then the other mere moments later. That’s the take-away from a Friday Fox News segment which featured Rove falsely claiming the…

Blasting ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal, American Family Association claims ‘gay sex = domestic terrorism’

There’s a rumor going around that the Afghani Taliban is embedding dirty syringes and razors in improvised explosive devices, making hypothetical “HIV bombs,” or some variant of the term. This has yet to be confirmed, but was claimed by Patrick Mercer, a British member of parliament and former soldier. UK…

Could ‘birther queen’ Orly Taitz win California’s GOP primary?

UPDATE: Early primary returns show Taitz losing nearly 3-1 in heavily populated areas, victory highly unlikely Even as they celebrate President Obama’s slowly declining approval numbers, California Republicans still have good reason to be worried. After all, their slate of statewide candidates for office in 2010 could very well bear…

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