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Paul wins, Specter loses, Dems keep Murtha’s seat in flurry of anti-incumbent sentiment

Insurgent US Republican voters in Kentucky routed their party’s establishment candidate and selected iconoclastic political outsider Rand Paul on Tuesday night, a clear show of anger at Washington ahead of November elections to decide control of the US Congress. Similarly, Democrats in Pennsylvania appeared to have ended the political career…

Director of federal drilling safety oversight in Gulf calls it quits

Chris Oynes, appointed during the Bush administration to oversee offshore energy oversight at the Mineral Management Service (MMS), has quit. “After 35 years of service,” an MMS employee told AFP, Oynes plans to announce his retirement soon, leaving behind a career forever tarnished by a photo of him presenting Transocean,…

Obama plan would delay probable cause hearings to allow uninterrupted interrogations

In a move that’s being heavily criticized by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Obama administration is planning to ask Congress to delay terror suspects’ probable cause hearings as a way to allow interrogators additional time for questioning before the individual is informed of their rights or shown to…

Gulf oil gusher ‘ten times worse’ than previously estimated, experts say

Obama wants higher oil company taxes, pledges $58 million for cleanup efforts Update (below): Democrats align to ban offshore drilling along west coast So this is why BP’s release of video showing the Gulf oil gusher was mysteriously delayed. According to a scientific analysis of footage from the bottom of…

Pro-legalization cops slam drug war recalibration, say Obama ‘just talking about it’

The White House announced Tuesday a new strategy for the decades-old War on Drugs, saying it plans to place emphasis on treatment and prevention and urging sharp reductions to drug abuse rates nation-wide. The plan’s rosy language, however, doesn’t quite mesh with the reality of the drug war’s budget allotment:…

Contrary to rumors, Kagan does not believe in federal marriage equality

You’d never know from reading Monday’s headlines, but Obama’s Supreme Court nominee does not believe in the constitutional right to marriage equality. Yes, in spite of conservatives jeering she must be a lesbian and therefore unqualified to serve, and in spite of fanning speculation as to her sexuality even by…

Seattle cop apologizes for screaming racist threat at innocent man he’d kicked in face

In the early hours of April 17, Seattle’s 15-year veteran police detective Shandy Cobane nabbed the wrong man while responding to a robbery. Less than a month later, he was in tears before the press and his community, pleading for forgiveness. What happened that fateful night was brought to the…

Oklahoma Republican used taxpayer dollars to blast government spending

In a piece of very campaign-like literature recently mailed by Rep. Mary Faillin (R-OK), complaints of wasteful government spending abound. The message would seem sincere, were it not for a block of small text noting that the congresswoman paid for the mailer with taxpayer funds. On the document, which declares…

‘Riot-Dog’: Protest pooch becomes icon of Greek solidarity

Revolutionary-era Americans had the “Join or Die” snake. Iran’s green revolution rallied around the death of Neda Agha-Soltan. Ukraine’s orange revolution exploded after the poisoning of Victor Yushchenko. In a Greece struggling amidst the throes of draconian, IMF-led budgetary cutbacks, another symbol of revolution is rising. They call him either…

Maher on Limbaugh’s oil remarks: ‘You know what, you dipsh*t? Mercury’s natural too’

HBO’s liberal talk show Bill Maher has never been one to mince words. Last Friday night was no exception. In the midst of a panel discussion on the massive BP oil spill that’s contaminated the Gulf of Mexico in recent weeks, Maher took aim at Republican radio personality Rush Limbaugh,…

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