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Faith groups lay out Thanksgiving feast for ‘Occupy’ protesters

WASHINGTON — Protesters from Washington’s two Occupy Wall Street offshoots flocked Wednesday to a church where Abraham Lincoln once worshipped for a Thanksgiving buffet and some robust words of support. The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church threw open its basement and laid out a spread of turkey, mashed potatoes, corn…

Democrats worry over access to birth control

WASHINGTON — Democratic US lawmakers worry President Barack Obama may bow to Catholic groups fighting new rules to expand access to birth control for millions of women, congressional aides confirmed Wednesday. US media have reported that the lawmakers were pressing Obama to hold the line on requiring employer insurance plans…

Obama jabs Congress as he pardons turkey

US President Barack Obama performed his seasonal role of pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey Wednesday, joking it was one duty he could perform without approval of an obstructive Congress. Obama reprieved a 45-pound (20-kilogram) turkey called Libertyand an understudy named Peace from the butcher’s knife and the birds will gobble out their…

Probation officer fired after supporting marijuana decriminalization

Joe Miller, who had worked as a probation officer for nearly three years in Arizona, was fired in December after adding his name to a Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) letter that supported a California ballot initiative to decriminalize marijuana. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona this week filed…

Abusive Texas judge claims child abuse victims are ‘fantasizers’

An Aransas County judge, who was caught on tape brutally beating his daughter, has been suspended by the Texas Supreme Court. Judge William Adams (R) agreed to a suspension without pay while the State Commission on Judicial Conduct investigates the allegations against him, according to The Associated Press. The clerk…

Wyden: Protect IP Act may pass if Americans don’t call Congress

The Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (Protect IP) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) “are like two peas in a pod,” Sen. Ron Wyden, the bills’ most vocal opponent in the U.S. Senate, explained to Raw Story in an exclusive interview.…

Bachmann may have leaked classified information during GOP debate

Americans probably had no idea that six of Pakistan’s nuclear sites had come under jihadist attack. That is, until Republican presidential candidate spilled the beans on national television Tuesday. During the CNN-hosted Republican presidential debate on national security, Bachmann, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, revealed that 15 nuclear…

Occupy protesters squat on Oakland foreclosure property

OAKLAND, Calif (Reuters) – Anti-Wall Street demonstrators in Oakland, evicted from three public spaces in recent weeks, have set up camp on a privately owned vacant lot as they look to regain momentum for their protests. The so-called Occupy Oakland activists, touting their latest move as a bid to rescue…

‘Occupy Los Angeles’ says city is offering incentives to move

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – City officials have offered Occupy L.A. protesters 10,000 square feet of indoor space and other incentives to vacate the City Hall lawn they have camped on for over seven weeks, a lawyer for the group said on Tuesday. The proposal emerged from two days of talks…

Jobless rate falls in 36 states

WASHINGTON — Unemployment fell in 36 states last month, the US Labor Department said Tuesday, with 2012 election battleground states South Carolina, Michigan and Minnesota seeing significant drops in joblessness. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Michigan and Minnesota — key targets for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign —…

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