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Republicans hope Scott Walker’s Wisconsin victory will boost Romney

Republicans have moved swiftly to try to turn their triumph in Wisconsin’s recall election into a springboard for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Party leaders hailed Scott Walker’s crushing blow to both organised labour and Democrats in Tuesday’s vote as a victory whose momentum could take them to the White House.…

Rep. Barney Frank: Wisconsin recall was ‘a big mistake’

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) on Wednesday said it was a bad move for Democrats and unions to attempt to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). “I think the people on the Democratic side made a big mistake and the funding thing was a big deal,” Frank told The Hill. “My…

California to investigate anti-gay group over undisclosed donors

The state of California’s ethics office announced Wednesday that it would investigate the National Organization for Marriage for allegedly trying to hide hundreds of thousands of dollars it received in 2008. NOM was formed in 2007 to pass Proposition 8 in California, a constitutional amendment to prohibit same sex marriage.…

‘Inadequate’ controls led to JPMorgan loss: regulator

WASHINGTON — A top US bank regulator told lawmakers Wednesday that “inadequate” risk controls at JPMorgan Chase led to a $2 billion derivatives loss, as senators grilled him and others over a failure to prevent the debacle. Democratic Senator Robert Menendez used the Senate Banking Committee hearing to unleash a…

Trump to sue beauty over Miss USA ‘fixing’ claim

NEW YORK — Donald Trump, head of the Miss Universe Organization, vowed a lawsuit against beauty Sheena Monnin on Wednesday after she declared the recent Miss USA contest was rigged. The spat over the contest, in which women parade before judges in long gowns and bikinis, began when Monnin, the…

Media group: House GOP trying to ‘keep the public in the dark’

House Republicans are trying to “keep the public in the dark” by blocking a new rule that requires broadcasters to post political ad data online, according to the media reform group Free Press. The Federal Communications Commission adopted a measure in April that requires broadcasters to provide information about political…

Anti-abortion group debunks own deceptively edited ‘gendercide’ video

The anti-abortion group Live Action released its third installment in a series of sting videos released Wednesday designed to bolster support for a federal sex-selective abortion ban, or the Prenatal Non-Discrimation Act. But Live Action’s own full, unedited videos, reveal just how difficult such laws might be to enforce. The…

14-year-old conservative host says Obama is ‘making kids gay’

A 14-year-old conservative radio host from West Virginia recently claimed that President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were “making kids gay” by supporting LGBT rights. During the May 26 broadcast of his program, Caiden Cowger said it was “sickening” to see other kids subscribe to the “belief” that…

Chicago cops Taser 8-months-pregnant woman during parking dispute

Police in Chicago on Tuesday used a Taser on a women who is eight months pregnant over a dispute that occurred after she parked in a handicapped space. Tiffany Rent pulled into the handicapped space at a Walgreens because she was trying to console her young daughter, Rent’s sister, Sharita…

Top music lobbyist urges corporations to voluntarily censor the Internet

In prepared remarks delivered to Congress (PDF) on Wednesday, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) CEO Cary Sherman said that the movie and music industries are working behind the scenes to encourage major Internet companies to voluntarily censor the Internet in an effort to better protect intellectual property rights. Sherman’s…

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