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30 at risk as reality show home quarantined amid hantavirus fears

A Houston-area home featured in a reality show is under quarantine while officials determine whether a woman inside has developed a virus with a 40 percent mortality rate. KTRK-TV reported that the woman, whose mother owns the home, was one of 30 people who were in and out of the…

Allen West: Obama campaign has ‘Soviet Union, Marxist-Socialist theme’

Tea party favorite Rep. Allen West (R-FL) is slamming President Barack Obama for using the word “Forward” as his campaign slogan, insisting that it is an “old Soviet Union, Marxist-Socialist theme.” “This is about whether we continue to be a republic governed by the Constitution,” West told a Republican Jewish…

Trenton Mayor Tony Mack arrested on corruption charges

FBI agents arrested Trenton, New Jersey, mayor Tony Mack Monday morning on corruption charges, as part of an investigation dating back to 2010. According to the Trenton Times, Mack, along with his brother Ralphiel and campaign contributor Joseph “JoJo” Giorgianni, were involved in a plan to get $119,000 in bribes…

More than 26,000 Chicago teachers go on strike

Citing disagreements over health benefits, evaluations and job security, Chicago’s teachers’ union went on strike as of Monday morning for the first time in 25 years. “We know a strike is really going to be painful,” union delegate Jay Rehak told The Chicago Tribune. “People will be hurt on both…

Republican convention speaker Mia Love flubs Fox News questions on education, abortion

Saratoga Springs, Utah mayor and current Congressional candidate Mia Love netted a prime speaking slot at the Republican National Convention in Tampa two weeks ago, raising her profile to a national level. But her unscripted appearance on Fox News Sunday indicates that her policy chops are not quite ready for…

Obama gets airborne bear hug from Florida pizza shop owner

President Barack Obama reputedly loves nothing more than a good old campaign trail hug — but he may have got more than he bargained for Sunday. Obama was lifted at least a foot in the air in an intense bear hug by hulking pizza shop owner Scott Van Duzer, during…

Constitutional law expert: Conservatives may use new voter ID laws to challenge Voting Rights Act

Kenji Yoshino, a professor of constitutional law at New York University, suggested on Melissa Harris Perry’s MSNBC show Sunday that one intentional long-term consequence of states’ efforts to pass voter ID laws may be to eliminate the pre-clearance section of the Voting Rights Act that requires some states and jurisdictions…

Plouffe: Ryan running from defense cuts vote as fast as his ‘fictitional marathon’

White House senior adviser David Plouffe on Sunday chastised Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan for backing away from his earlier support of defense cuts, saying the Wisconsin congressman “was running away from them with the kind of pace he ran in that fictitional marathon.” Although Ryan voted for a…

Krugman: Republican base is ‘elderly white people arguing with empty chairs’

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman says that the Republican Party has adopted extreme anti-immigrant positions to appeal to their base, “which is, by and large, elderly white people arguing with empty chairs.” During a Sunday panel segment on ABC News, Krugman pointed out that Clint Eastwood’s bizarre conversation with…

Romney: There are a number of things I like in Obamacare

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney admitted on Sunday that there were some good provisions in the health reform law pushed by President Barack Obama. “I’d say we’re going to replace Obamacare and I’m replacing it with my own plan, and you know, even in Massachusetts, where I was governor, our…

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