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Julia Gillard ousted as Prime Minister of Australia after party coup

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) – Kevin Rudd returned as Australian prime minister on Wednesday, executing a stunning party room coup on Julia Gillard almost three years to the day after being ousted by his former deputy and less than three months out from a general election. The reinstatement of…

Watch: Texas state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte sparks 15 minutes of chaos

Update: Davis filibuster succeeds amid chaos as Republicans fail to legally pass anti-abortion bill The Texas Senate was deafened by noise coming from the gallery on Tuesday night as Democrats attempted to block an extreme anti-abortion bill. With about ten minutes until the legislative session ended at midnight, Texas state…

John Oliver: It takes Texas less time to disenfranchise voters than to ‘barbecue a pig’

Daily Show substitute host John Oliver ripped apart the Supreme Court’s decision to overrule landmark civil rights legislation on Tuesday, which now has “a hole in it the shape of John Roberts’ middle finger.” “This was a landmark piece of civil rights legislation,” Oliver said. “I hope that Justice Roberts…

‘Bullsh*t!’ Texas Senate gallery erupts as GOP kills Sen. Wendy Davis’ filibuster

Update: Davis filibuster succeeds amid chaos as Republicans fail to legally pass anti-abortion bill The Texas Senate gallery on Tuesday night made it known they were not happy to witness Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst shut down a 10-hour long filibuster by state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth). The legislative chamber…

Watch: Texas Republicans gave Sen. Wendy Davis a warning because of this

Update: Wendy Davis filibuster succeeds amid chaos as Republicans fail to legally pass anti-abortion bill Republicans in the Texas Senate voted to sustain a point-of-order against state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) on Tuesday night because she received help with back-brace. The point-of-order was the second warning she received during…

LGBT group: Sen. Rubio aide tried to get our co-director deported

The LGBT rights group GetEqual on Tuesday alleged a member of Senator Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) staff attempted to get their co-director deported. The incident allegedly occurred during a sit-in at the the Republican senator’s Tampa office to protest his stance on comprehensive immigration reform and employment discrimination. In a news…

Rep. Paul Ryan: IRS practices still cause for outrage

House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday morning said Americans should still be outraged at the Internal Revenue Service. During an appearance on CBS’ This Morning, Ryan said that Congress would continue to seek information about who ordered political “targeting” at the IRS. The Republican congressman said lawmakers…

Barney Frank mocks the rantings and ravings of Bill O’Reilly

Former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank (D) recently described appearing on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor as a degrading experience. Frank told HuffPost Live that Bill O’Reilly liked to think of himself as a “tough” guy, but the Fox News host was really a “total jerk” who controlled his guests’ microphones.…

Arizona governor: Racial discrimination doesn’t ‘take place any longer’

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) on Tuesday said the Voting Rights Act had “hampered” the state and was pleased to see a key provision of the civil rights law struck down. Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the U.S. Department of Justice or a federal court is required…

Texas Republicans pass anti-abortion bill — or do they? Filibuster ends in chaos

Republicans in the Texas Senate halted a filibuster conducted by state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) on Tuesday night, but Democrats continued to delay a vote on the bill until midnight. Davis had planned a 13-hour filibuster to prevent a final vote on an extreme anti-abortion bill before the legislature’s…

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