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Maddow doubts whether Democrats can survive flood of dark money

On her show Wednesday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow wondered if Democrats would be able to successfully fight back against unlimited and undisclosed contributions. Maddow first illustrated how tobacco companies were able to successfully battle against a California ballot initiative that would have raised funds for cancer research by adding…

83-year-old woman wins case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, making it the fourth court to do so. The law was challenged by 83-year-old Edith “Edie” Windsor after the federal government failed to recognize her marriage to her partner Thea Spyer, after Spyer’s…

McCain leads lawmaker fury over classified data leaks

WASHINGTON — The White House helped touch off a row with John McCain Wednesday after it said the senior Senate Republican was “grossly irresponsible” for accusing top members of the Obama administration of leaking classified information. McCain, Barack Obama’s rival in the 2008 presidential contest, had blasted the White House…

Anti-porn group declares victory in Groupon boycott

The anti-pornography group Morality in Media announced Wednesday that the online coupon company Groupon had stop doing business with the adult entertainment industry, thanks to the group’s boycott. “Mainstream companies should stay far away from the sexual exploitation and abuse that is part and parcel of the mission of pornography…

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…

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