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Conservative think-tank FOIAs Michigan labor profs

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a think tank backed by some big-name conservatives, has submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to professors at labor-centric schools, asking to see any emails containing certain key words, Talking Points Memo reports. The subjects mostly relate to the Wisconsin union protests: “Scott…

UK palace staff lift lid on royal wedding preparations

LONDON (Reuters) – Staff at Buckingham Palace have lifted the lid on preparations forPrince William’s wedding next month, giving an insight into what guests can expect and the amount of work needed to make it a success. From cooks and hospitality planners to cloakroom attendants, employees at Queen Elizabeth’s London residence are finalizing plans…

NY Times begins charging online readers

WASHINGTON – The New York Times began charging online readers Monday for full access to its website and dangled a heavily discounted introductory offer intended to lure its first digital subscribers. The Times is offering its three digital subscription plans for the same price of 99 cents for the first…

Muslim Bush appointee calls GOP 2012 contender ‘un-American’ for anti-Muslim remarks

The 2012 presidential elections may seem a long way off, but candidates are already emerging and distinguishing themselves from the hazy pack. In the case of conservative Herman Cain, his adamancy this weekend at the Conservative Principles Conference that he would never appoint a Muslim to federal bench or the Cabinet…

Donald Trump positioning himself as the birther candidate

Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump appears to have found his niche: birtherism. And what is birtherism? It’s essentially a group of Republican conspiracy theoriests who believe President Obama wasn’t actually born in Hawaii and that his birth certificate was faked in order to make him eligible for the Presidency.…

Former Obama spox Gibbs in talks with Facebook

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook, the social networking giant, is seeking to hire former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs for a senior post, The New York Times reported. The newspaper reported on its website late on Sunday that Facebook is looking at Gibbs, once one of President Barack Obama’s closest aides, to help manage communications in advance of…

Prominent Chinese blogger charged as crackdown deepens

Prominent Chinese blogger charged as crackdown deepens BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese police have arrested prominent writer Ran Yunfei for challenging the ruling Communist Party, people close to the blogger said on Monday, the latest in a string of arrests in a deepening crackdown on dissent. Ran, a writer and literature…

Five arrested in connection with Libyan woman’s rape

Stirring stories have been coming out of the non-stop media coverage of Libya for weeks, but perhaps the most shocking of Saturday’s batch was that of Eman al-Obeidy. Five men were arrested Sunday in connection with the incident, which is surrounded with government officials smearing the woman’s name, and reporters…

Reese Witherspoon marries Hollywood agent Jim Toth

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon and her talent agent fiance Jim Toth tied the knot over the weekend in Southern California, her spokeswoman told celebrity magazine People. The 35-year-old actress, who scored box office hits with her “Legally Blonde” movies, and Toth, 40, were married on Saturday at her ranch in Ojai,…

Cobra escapes Bronx Zoo exhibit

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Bronx Zoo closed its reptile house exhibit over the weekend after workers discovered a highly poisonous Egyptian cobra was missing from its enclosure. The snake’s disappearance prompted zoo officials to immediately shut down the reptile house late Friday until further notice “out of an abundance…

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