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New Hampshire lawmaker: We’re in a civil war

New Hampshire Rep. Jacqueline Cali-Pitts (D) on Thursday lamented the partisanship in the state’s legislature. “In New Hampshire I believe we are in a civil war,” she told PBS Newshour. “And we are all brothers, and we are fighting each other needlessly. It never used to be this way and…

WATCH LIVE: Netroots Nation opening keynote featuring Eric Schneiderman

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman kicks off Netroot Nations with an opening keynote speech at 7 p.m. ET. Other speakers include Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, environmentalist Bill McKibben, Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards, NEA’s Lily Eskelsen, and Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). Watch the Main Stage (Hall A/B) of Netroot Nations…

Axelrod: Obama will be first president to be outspent by opponent

Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod on Thursday said he wasn’t surprised that his campaign hadn’t raised as much money as Mitt Romney’s campaign. “You pick up all the money that you couldn’t raise in the primary from Republicans who were supporting other candidates,” Axelrod told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “So we…

Schakowsky re-introduces International Violence Against Women Act

Rep. Jan Schakowsky and dozens of House colleagues re-introduced legislation on Thursday to combat violence against women overseas, the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA). The legislation “will make ending violence against women and girls a foreign policy priority of the United States,” Schakowsky said at a press conference. “It…

Virginia 13-year-old suspended after he ‘touched the flag’

The parents of a 13-year-old boy in Virginia Beach who was suspended for touching the American flag say that their son was unfairly treated because he is black. Virginia Beach Public Schools Spokesperson Eileen Cox claimed the suspension was ordered after a teacher at Plaza Middle School observed Moses Hinton…

Romney pledges not to be ‘president of deception’ like Obama

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday suggested that Barack Obama had been governing as a “president of doubt and deception.” At a campaign event in Saint Louis, the former Massachusetts governor blasted Obama for not understanding the “free enterprise system.” “Sadly, it’s become clear that this president simply doesn’t…

Boy shoots self in head because ‘manhood’ questioned on Skype

An 18-year-old Philadelphia boy is not expected to live after he accidentally shot himself in the head because someone questioned his “manhood” during an online video chat. East Detectives Capt. John Gallagher said that the teen was engaged in a webcam chat on either Skype or ooVoo when the person…

Romney: Obama ‘knowingly’ slowed down recovery to pass ‘Obamacare’

On Wednesday, at a campaign appearance in San Antonio, Texas, Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) asserted that President Barack Obama deliberately allowed the economic recovery to falter, according to Talking Points Memo‘s Live Wire blog. The Republican nominee claimed that the president knew that passing his signature piece of domestic legislation,…

Jeb Bush: George W. Bush deserves ‘tip of the hat’ for Obama’s foreign policy

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Thursday said that President Barack Obama owed a debt of gratitude to his brother, George W. Bush, because he seemed to have adopted foreign policies similar to ones the former president put in place. During an interview on CBS, host Charlie Rose noted…

Shell Oil launch party for new Arctic drilling rigs goes hilariously awry

(UPDATED BELOW) Shell executives and shareholders probably heartily wish today that their send-off party of two new Arctic oil drilling rigs — the “Kulluk” and the “Noble Discovery” — hadn’t included a tiny model oil rig intended for serving drinks. As the bearded, tuxedo-clad master of ceremonies welcomed a party-goer…

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