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Official Romney talking point: ‘The ticket is no different that Obama and Biden’

Shortly after the former Massachusetts governor’s announcement that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) would be his running mate, the Romney campaign released a document that aggregates all the bad things they think President Barack Obama might say about Ryan, in order to offer a series of talking points in response. Half-way…

Paul Ryan’s VP nod elicits cheers of joy across liberal America

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his running mate on Saturday energized the Republican base, but it also elicited an unusual amount of glee from prominent Democrats, many of whom believe he’s the ideal candidate for President Barack Obama to run against. “Paul…

Judgment time for ‘America’s Toughest Sheriff’ Joe Arpaio

Judgment time for 'America's Toughest Sheriff' Joe Arpaio (via The Christian Science Monitor) Judgment time is approaching for Joe Arpaio, the man who calls himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff.” The controversial law enforcement chief of Maricopa County, Ariz., soon will hear a federal judge’s ruling in a class-action lawsuit charging a…

As drought worsens, Obama calls for new farm bill

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama urged members of Congress Saturday to pass a farm bill that would help the agricultural sector cope with the most severe drought that has struck the United States in half a century. “They need to pass a farm bill that not only helps farmers…

Agriculture Dept. cuts corn production forecast as drought raises crisis fears

The US government slashed its forecast for drought-hit corn production by 17% on Friday, raising fears of a new global food crisis and sending some commodity prices to record levels. The US department of agriculture said corn output would only reach 10.8bn bushels for 2012-13, while yields were likely to…

Mississippi county accused of running ‘school-to-prison pipeline’

The U.S. Department of Justice has accused officials in Lauderdale County, Mississippi of running ‘a school-to-prison’ pipeline that jails juveniles for even minor school disciplinary problems. A letter sent by the civil rights division on Friday charges that the Lauderdale County Youth Court, the Meridian Police Department, and the Mississippi…

Bradley Manning’s lawyer accuses U.S. Army of ‘flagrant violation’ of military code

The harsh conditions forced upon Bradley Manning in military detention have been laid out in detail as part of a court filing in which the US army is accused of a “flagrant violation” of his right not to be punished prior to trial. The Article 13 motion, published Friday by…

Pigs legs thrown onto proposed mosque site during prayers

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is asking for a federal inquiry into an incident in which pigs legs were thrown onto the driveway of a proposed mosque site in Southern California. The incident at the intended location of the Al-Nur Islamic Center occurred shortly before 10:00 PM on Tuesday, as…

Shock rockers Insane Clown Posse to sue FBI

Shock rock group Insane Clown Posse said Friday that it plans to sue the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the law enforcement agency issued a report last year that labeled their fans, better known as “Juggalos,” as a loosely organized criminal gang. “We got a huge announcment to make at…

School board member accused of rape and attempted murder: I was set up

A California school board member was in court Friday for two separate cases – he’s accused of not only attempted murder, but pandering, pimping and two counts of rape. But the accused, Mike Rios, told KTLA-TV he is being set up. “There’s a certain developer in our city who basically…

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