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Mistrial declared in John Edwards case

GREENSBORO, North Carolina — The judge declared a mistrial Thursday in the John Edwards trial after jurors failed to reach a verdict on five out of six charges against the fallen US political star. Edwards was found not guilty of one count of using campaign donations to hide his pregnant…

Rumsfeld says bin Laden killing not ‘gutsy’ call

WASHINGTON — Former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld has scoffed at praise for President Barack Obama for ordering the killing of Osama bin Laden, saying he would have recommended the operation in a minute. The blunt-talking and controversial former Pentagon chief, best known for the Iraq invasion, was asked in…

Occupy Buffalo convinces city to withdraw $45 million from JPMorgan

Buffalo City Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder announced on Thursday that the city would be pulling $45 million in funds from an account with JPMorgan Chase, following concerns raised by members of the Occupy Buffalo movement. BuffaloNews.com reported that the Buffalo Sewer Authority funds will be deposited into a higher-yielding account…

Mayor Bloomberg plans to outlaw super-sized sodas

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he plans to outlaw super-sized sugary drinks, in a ban cementing his reputation as one of America’s hardest-driving policy makers on public health. Bloomberg, who already has gone to war on smokers and transfat, will allow the sale of cups up to 16…

U.S. House Democrats defeat sex-selective abortion ban

The House of Representatives voted down a bill Thursday that sought to ban sex-selective abortion, 246-168, according to the Washington Post. The bill “failed to pass as House Republicans brought it up under a suspension of normal rules that required it to earn a two-thirds majority vote.” The Prenatal Non-discrimination…

Romney aides feared Obama conspiracy to block Solyndra visit

Mitt Romney’s campaign aides said on Thursday that they kept the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s visit to a bankrupt company secret because they worried the White House would conspire with local officials to block the event. CNN’s Jim Acosta explained that the trip was “steeped in secrecy and mystery” until…

John Edwards verdict reached on one count

Former vice presidential candidate and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards (D), will receive the verdict in a trial that investigates whether his 2008 presidential campaign improperly funneled money to his mistress. Edwards faces six counts of campaign finance violations. ABC News is reporting that, if convicted, he could serve…

Axelrod to pro-Romney hecklers: ‘You can’t handle the truth!’

Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod took the president’s re-election pitch to his opponent’s home turf in Boston on Thursday, but presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s supporters did their best to drown out his message. During a news conference outside the Massachusetts Statehouse, Axelrod faced relentless booing, heckling and chanting…

Former Justice Stevens: Supreme Court will ‘crack’ Citizens United

Former United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, 92, said during a Wednesday night speech that he’s convinced his former associates on the nation’s highest court will soon find it necessary to issue an opinion “that will create a crack in the foundation of the Citizens United majority opinion.”…

Tony Perkins: Gay tourism ad shows Obama’s ‘radical values and backwards priorities’

Christian think tank leader Tony Perkins is blasting President Barack Obama over an effort to market the U.S. that includes images of LGBT people. During a Thursday radio address, the Family Research Council president pointed to a recently created tourism advertisement that shows two gay men vacationing together. “A new…

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