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CREW: Obama shares responsibility for campaign finance mess

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and 11 other groups on Tuesday blasted the Obama administration’s “tepid response” to a petition calling for new commissioners for the Federal Election Commission (FEC). “Our organizations read with great disappointment the White House’s lackluster response to our petition calling on you to…

Solitary confinement on trial: Senators consider human rights issues in U.S. prisons

The first-ever congressional hearing on the use of solitary confinement in US prisons has begun in Washington. Members of the Senate judiciary subcommittee on the constitution, civil rights and human rights are hearing testimony from a range of speakers including a former prisoner who spent years locked alone in his…

Informal Romney adviser: ‘Palin poisoned the well’ for female VP candidates

An informal adviser to Mitt Romney told MSNBC on Tuesday that the campaign was being extra careful about selecting a female vice presidential candidate because of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. “I think, unfortunately, Palin poisoned the well on that,” the unnamed informal Romney adviser said. “I would guess if…

Adidas cancels ‘shackle’ sneakers after slavery outcry

Top sportswear designer Adidas Tuesday decided to cancel sales of sneakers topped with rubber ankle chains after criticism that they evoked memories of slavery. The so-called “shackle sneakers” equipped with orange rubber chains to be fixed above the shoes were to have gone on sale in August in the United…

Palm Springs homes consuming twice as much water as the average home

An oasis in the California desert, Palm Springs says it is committed to saving water — but not before filling its swimming pools and tending to its dozens of verdant golf courses. Set in the Coachella Valley southeast of Los Angeles, the famously well-heeled town known as a refuge for…

Schneiderman: Leviticus doesn’t say ‘you may not regulate derivatives’

New York’s dynamic state attorney general reminded progressives at the Take Back the American Dream conference in Washington, D.C. that the right’s efforts to fight financial regulation is far from divinely inspired. “You don’t build a movement with short-term tactics. You build a movement by understanding and change the way…

Arizona radio host voted for ‘the white guy’ because Obama is a ‘monkey’

Conservative Arizona radio personality Barbara Espinosa is standing by her statement that President Barack Obama is a “monkey” and that she voted for “the white guy.” “I call him a monkey,” Espinosa recently told a guest on her KNFX radio show. “I don’t call him a guy with rabbit ears,…

U.S. sues after Texas auction house sells looted Mongolian T-Rex

The US government is suing to force an auction house to return the fossil of a dinosaur that roamed Mongolia 70 million years ago to the Asian country. The nearly complete tyrannosaurus bataar is believed to have been unearthed between 1995 and 2005, and is one of several specimens first…

Asian immigrants to the U.S. now outpace Latinos

Asians recently passed Hispanics as the largest group of new immigrants to the United States, according to a survey Tuesday predicting a demographic trend bringing powerful economic, social and political changes. The survey by the Pew Research Center found the ranking switch of two largest groups of newcomers to the…

‘Joe the Plumber’ claims gun control caused the Holocaust

Republican Ohio congressional candidate Samuel “Joe The Plumber” Wurzelbacher released a campaign video on Tuesday, in which he warns that “gun control” led to the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust. “In 1911, Turkey established gun control,” Wurzelbacher points out as he places several shells in a 12-gauge shotgun. “From 1915…

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