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House GOP trying to fast-track tax cut bill for wealthy and corporations

The Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced a bill designed to turn back the Senate Democrats’ victory earlier this week on Bush-era tax cuts by extending tax cuts for the wealthy and making it harder to modify tax law. According to Think Progress, if the new…

Slow growth leaves White House race wide open

Weak consumer spending stunted US growth in the last quarter, data showed Friday, leaving the race for the White House wide open and putting discussion about more economic stimulus firmly on the Fed’s agenda. The Commerce Department reported second-quarter growth fell to 1.5 percent from 2.0 percent in the previous…

Batman shooter was seeing psychiatrist who specialized in schizophrenia

AURORA, Colorado — The suspected Batman movie premiere gunman was seeing a university psychiatrist specializing in schizophrenia before the shooting that killed 12, court documents showed Friday. James Holmes sent a notebook to Lynne Fenton, who teaches at the University of Colorado’s medical school and heads student mental services there,…

Former FL GOP chair says ‘right-wing crazies’ want to suppress black vote

Former Florida Republican Party Chair Jim Greer testified in a lawsuit filed against his former party that “whack-a-do, right-wing crazies” wanted to suppress the black vote through Voter ID and tactics like current state Gov. Rick Scott’s efforts to purge voter rolls, according to reporting in the the Tampa Bay…

Red Sox mascot ‘Wally’ stolen in audacious mid-afternoon heist

At 2:22 this afternoon, Boston Police were notified about an unusual larceny in progress: a man appeared to have stolen the costume for the Red Sox’s iconic “Wally the Green Monster.” He was spotted several blocks from Fenway Park after the call went into police, reportedly “wandering” around Boylston Street.…

Columbine families plan to reach out to Aurora shooting victims

Relatives of the victims of the Columbine school shooting in Colorado are planning to reach out to those who lost loved ones in the Aurora cinema rampage in the hope of supporting them through the dark days ahead. Several of the families of the 12 school children and one teacher who were killed in…

Chick-fil-A spokesperson dies from heart attack

The longtime public relations head for the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain died Friday morning, WRBL-TV reports. In a statement to the station, the company confirmed the death of Vice President for Corporate Relations Don Perry. “Don was a member of our Chick-fil-A family for nearly 29 years,” the statement said. “He…

Santorum defends Penn State on radio show

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum called the recent NCAA sanctions against Penn State University a reaction “to public” opinion during a radio appearance Friday, according to Think Progress. “I’ve been talking to a lot of folks at Penn State and they say, ‘you’re just gonna have to wait for…

Police find 20 rifles in Maryland ‘joker’s’ home

Maryland police seized a large array of weapons from a local man’s home early Friday morning after he allegedly referred to himself as “a joker” while threatening his employer, WRC-TV reported. Authorities did not name the man they arrested, but WRC and other sources have identified him as Neil Edwin…

Ohio GOP Senate hopeful shorting U.S. Treasury bonds and betting on default

Republican Josh Mandel, the former Ohio congressman and State Treasurer who is running against Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to represent Ohio in the Senate, has positioned himself and his wife financially to reap a significant profit if the U.S. government fails to raise the debt ceiling and defaults on its…

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