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Maine Gov. LePage: IRS ‘heading in the direction’ of the Gestapo

For the second time in seven days, Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) compared the IRS to the Nazi secret police force. “What I am trying to say is the Holocaust was a horrific crime against humanity and, frankly, I would never want to see that repeated,” he told Seven Days…

Obama reflects on lack of ‘unity’ in first term

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama has said he regrets not fostering “a sense of unity and purpose and optimism” early in his term, according to excerpts of a television interview released Thursday. “The mistake of my first term — couple of years — was thinking that this job was…

USA Gymnastics adopt new rules to combat abuse after Penn State scandal

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — USA Gymnastics announced on Thursday the adoption of several new measures aimed at combating abuse and inappropriate behavior. The move came on the day findings were announced from a major Penn State University investigation into the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, where actions of an assistant…

D.C. officer allegedly threatened to shoot Michelle Obama

A D.C. police officer who worked as a motorcycle escort for White House officials is under investigation for allegedly threatening to shoot First Lady Michelle Obama. The Washington Post reported that the officer allegedly told his colleagues he wanted to shoot the First Lady and described the firearm he would…

Democrats push for transparency in political ads with DISCLOSE Act

Senate Democrats announced Wednesday that there would be a vote on the DISCLOSE Act of 2012 next week, legislation aimed at preventing political organizations from hiding their donors. “The flood of secret money unleashed by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision threatens to drown out the voices of middle class…

Wells Fargo pays $175 million for racist lending

Top US bank Wells Fargo is to pay $175 million to resolve allegations that it charged African-American and Hispanic borrowers higher fees and interest rates than whites, the Justice Department said Thursday. The bank is accused of engaging “in a pattern or practice of discrimination against qualified African-American and Hispanic…

Authorities discover drug-smuggling tunnel on U.S.-Mexico border

US and Mexican authorities have unearthed a 240-yard-long drug smuggling tunnel under their joint border, the latest such find in the violence-scarred region, officials said Thursday. The six feet high by two feet wide (1.8 meter by 0.6 meter) tunnel, equipped with lighting and ventilation, was discovered on Saturday when…

FBI: Race not a factor in Trayvon Martin shooting

Prosecutors have released a cache of interview transcriptions, photos and other evidence pertaining to the shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin by former neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, Jr., according to the Associated Press. Among documents included in the release are reports from the FBI and the Florida Department of Law…

Manning’s lawyer: WikiLeaks whistleblower treated worse than a terrorist

The lawyer defending Bradley Manning against charges that he “aided the enemy” by disclosing state secrets to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, is arguing that US soldiers are being treated more harshly in application of the law than terrorists. David Coombs, the civilian lawyer who has been representing the soldier for…

Krugman: ‘Now is not the time to get rid of those public deficits’

In order to avoid a full-on depression, the U.S. government needs to ignore the size of the deficit and start spending to stimulate the economy, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman tells us. “Somebody has to spend more than their income, and, for the time being, that has to be the…

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