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Romney staff spent nearly $100,000 to hide records

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney spent nearly $100,000 in state funds to replace computers in his office at the end of his term as governor of Massachusetts in 2007 as part of an unprecedented effort to keep his records secret, Reuters has learned. The move during the final weeks of…

Obama presses payroll tax cut extension

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama chastised Republican lawmakers Monday for failing to act to extend a cut in payroll taxes set to expire at the end of the year. In comments at the White House, Obama said Republicans were blocking the measure to avoid allowing a hike in taxes to…

U.S. backs envoy after anti-Semitism remarks

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s administration on Monday rejected Republican calls to fire the US ambassador to Belgium after he said that the Middle East conflict was partly to blame for anti-Semitism. Ambassador Howard Gutman, who is Jewish and the son of a Holocaust survivor, said in a speech that…

Kucinich: Is Obama stumbling into war with Iran?

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) on Monday questioned whether the Obama administration was trying to provoke Iran into an armed conflict. The Iranian government claimed on Sunday that it had shot down a RQ-170 Sentinel — a U.S. high-altitude reconnaissance drone — that had flown into Iran’s eastern airspace. The Pentagon…

Gingrich: ‘File charges’ against Pelosi if she releases dirt on me

Update: Gingrich ethics files are actually public information Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich sounds a little worried that Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi might follow through with her threat to divulge details of his past transgressions. “If she’s suggesting that she’s going to use materials that she developed when she was…

FCC to set standards for mass disruptions of Americans’ communications

Following an investigation into a public transit authority that cut off mobile phone service amid a protest earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said recently that it would attempt to outline the circumstances under which officials may legally disrupt wireless communications in the U.S. In a release last…

9-year-old suspended for calling teacher ‘cute’

A North Carolina fourth grader says he didn’t even know what sexual harassment meant until he was suspended for telling another student that his teacher was “cute.” Chiquita Lockett told WSOC that the principal of Brookside Elementary in Gastonia called to explain that her son, Emanyea, had been suspended for…

Supreme Court rejects worship at public school appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court let stand on Monday a ruling that religious groups cannot use public schools facilities for worship services outside of normal school hours in a case about church-state separation. The justices refused to review the ruling by a U.S. appeals court that upheld a…

Hutaree militia defendant pleads guilty in Michigan

DETROIT (Reuters) – One of nine members of a Midwestern militia group that prosecutors have accused of plotting to kill police to spark a wider war against the U.S. government pleaded guilty on Monday to weapons charges, prosecutors said. Joshua John Clough, 29, formerly of Blissfield Township, Michigan, was among…

FAA chief charged with drunk driving: police

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top aviation safety official was arrested over the weekend and charged with drunken driving, police said. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt, 65, was pulled over on Saturday night in Fairfax, Virginia, for driving on the wrong side of the road, a police statement said.…

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