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Police arrest 15 at Massachusetts foreclosure protest

AMHERST, Mass (Reuters) – Fifteen people were arrested at a sit-in against home foreclosures at a Bank of America branch in Massachusetts on Monday, while Tea Party supporters demonstrated across the street, organizers and police said. Roughly 350 supporters of New England tenants and former homeowners complaining about foreclosures by…

UC Davis chancellor sorry for pepper-spray incident

DAVIS, Calif (Reuters) – A University of California chancellor apologized to jeering students on Monday for police use of pepper spray against campus protesters in a standoff captured by video and widely replayed on television and the Internet. The pepper-spraying last week led to suspensions of the campus police chief…

December court date set for Bradley Manning in WikiLeaks case

WASHINGTON — Bradley Manning, the US soldier alleged to have passed a trove of military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks, will have a first hearing before a military court next month, the Pentagon said. Manning, who has spent the past year-and-a-half in prison, is to appear before a December 16…

Six reasons limits on Super PACs are barely limits at all

By Marian Wang Ask any campaign-finance expert about Super PACs and you’ll likely keep hearing one word: “coordination.” That’s because Super PACs — the super-powered groups that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money from anyone — have just one crucial restriction on their powers: By law, they’re not…

Obama: Republicans refuse to listen to reason

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama warned Congress on Monday that he would veto any legislative attempt to escape automatic cuts triggered by the failure to reach a long-term debt reduction deal. “There’s still too many Republicans in Congress who have refused to listen to the voice of reason and…

Poll: 56 percent in U.S. ambivalent towards ‘Occupy Wall Street’

The majority of Americans are ambivalent towards the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” protests and are also uncertain about their goals, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday. Fifty-six percent of those surveyed said they neither support nor oppose the two-month-old movement and 59 percent said they didn’t know enough…

Judge orders psychological test for alleged White House shooter

WASHINGTON — A US federal judge on Monday ordered a psychological evaluation for the 21-year-old Idaho man accused of attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama by firing an assault rifle at the White House. Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez appeared in federal court in handcuffs and sporting long black hair and a…

Deficit ‘super committee’ fails to reach budget deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers abandoned their high-profile effort to rein in the country’s ballooning debt on Monday in a sign that Washington likely will not be able to resolve a dispute over taxes and spending until 2013. Republican and Democratic members of a 12-member congressional “super committee” said they were…

UC Davis chancellor a Bush appointee

Linda Katehi, the University of California-Davis Chancellor under rhetorical fire for ordering police to evict student protesters on Friday, was previously appointed to chair the Committee on the National Medal of Science appointment by President George W. Bush. The 12-member committee evaluates nominees for the National Medal of Science. She…

Romney admits destroying government records to thwart ‘opposition research team’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney admitted Monday that he and his team had destroyed official government records for purely political reasons. WCVB-TV reported Friday that as Romney’s term as governor Massachusetts was ending, all of his administration’s emails were wiped from the servers. At the same time, eleven of his…

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