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NAACP boos Romney for promising to kill ‘Obamacare’

Attendees at the 103rd convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) loudly booed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday after he promised to eliminate President Barack Obama’s health care reform law. “I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my…

Tea party Sen. Mike Lee complains about ‘anchor baby’ barb on HBO’s ‘Newsroom’

Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee, a tea party favorite, got his hackles raised this week by a fictional news anchor’s comments about “anchor babies” on last Sunday’s episode of HBO’s drama The Newsroom. In Sunday’s episode, actor Jeff Daniels’ news anchor character Will McAvoy interviews a stand-in for former Utah…

Hannity guest: ‘NAACP has become a hate group’

A Fox News guest on Tuesday asserted that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) had “become a hate group in America.” Fox News host Sean Hannity asked New York Civil Rights Coalition Executive Director Michael Meyers if President Barack Obama even deserved the votes of black…

First-ever lesbian super PAC backed by Jane Lynch and Billie Jean King

A group of high-powered lesbians on Wednesday launched a first-of-its-kind super PAC to advocate for LGBT and women’s rights. During a year where North Carolina became the 39th state to ban same sex marriage and Republicans in Congress were accused of a “war on women,” LPAC hopes to raise $1…

Internet cats can haz film festival

Fans of Surprised Kitten and Keyboard Cat will get to commiserate off-line this August with their own film festival, the Los Angeles Times reports. The first Internet Cat Video Film Festival will take place in Minneapolis, Minn. Aug. 30, in what organizer Katie Czarniecki Hill said is a social experiment.…

Indiana man guilty of driving drunk with kids strapped to car hood

A man from Fort Wayne, Indiana has pleaded guilty to driving drunk while four children were strapped to the hood of his car. The manager of Belmont Beverage called police when he noticed yellow tow straps securing the children to the hood of Aaron Stefanski’s white sedan. Court documents showed…

Scranton, Pennsylvania cuts cops pay by 70 percent

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — Public workers in the hard-up US city of Scranton, Pennsylvania have had their pay slashed to minimum wage-levels as a budget fight between the mayor and city council comes to a head. About 400 municipal workers in the city — including police officers, firefighters and construction workers…

Ex-US commander McChrystal calls for reviving draft

WASHINGTON — The former US commander in Afghanistan, Stanley McChrystal, has urged that the draft be reinstated to spread the burden of fighting and to instill a sense of shared civic duty among young Americans. The country’s all-volunteer force has performed with great skill but after more than a decade…

Banking giant HSBC to apologize to Senate for ‘lax money-laundering controls’

An HSBC bank branch in central London-based global banking giant HSBC Holdings will apologise to a US Senate hearing next week for failures in its anti-money laundering controls, a report said Wednesday. HSBC will tell lawmakers at the July 17 hearing that “unacceptable behaviour” has slipped through its monitoring systems,…

U.S. regulators sue Peregrine Financial Group for fraud

NEW YORK — Eight months after the shock bankruptcy of MFGlobal, another respected futures brokerage, PFG, is being sued for fraud by US regulators in the latest black eye to confidence in futures trading. In a complaint filed Tuesday in an Illinois federal court, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission…

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