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Secret Service probes El Salvador prostitution claims

WASHINGTON — The Secret Service told US lawmakers Thursday it is investigating new accusations of misconduct in El Salvador, where agents of a presidential advance team reportedly partied at a strip club and paid for sex. “Earlier this week the US Secret Service received a call concerning the allegations,” the…

Court of Appeals: Wisconsin voter ID law to remain blocked during recall elections

An appeals court ruled Thursday that Wisconsin’s voter ID law would remained blocked during the state’s upcoming recall elections, according to the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. “The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision to decline our certification means, as a practical matter, that there will be no definitive court ruling before the May…

Sarah Palin: New child labor rules will cause ‘America to fail’

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday said that child labor regulations proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor would lead to America’s decline. The federal agency is considering updating the Fair Labor Standards Act by strengthening current child labor regulations related to work with animals, pesticides, timber operations, manure…

Michelle Obama rules out White House run

WASHINGTON — US first lady Michelle Obama on Thursday excluded a possible White House run in the footsteps of her husband Barack, saying the job was “really hard.” The first lady confided in a child visiting the White House during the annual Take Your Child To Work Day who asked…

WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning faces ruling on key charge

FORT MEADE, Maryland — A US military judge is set to rule Thursday if WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning can be charged with the serious crime of “aiding the enemy” for allegedly leaking classified documents to the website. Manning’s lawyers asked the judge at pre-trial hearings this week to dismiss the…

Franken cries during VAWA speech recalling Paul and Sheila Wellstone

In a Tuesday speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) was moved to tears as he spoke about the need to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). At the conclusion of his speech, Franken recalled his friends, former Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN) and Sheila Wellstone, who died…

Texas attorney general exposes millions of voters’ Social Security numbers

The office of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott mistakenly gave attorneys access to millions of Social Security numbers in a case against the state’s voter ID law, officials admitted Wednesday. The numbers were included with a voter database the state was ordered to turn over to plaintiff attorneys. Abbott’s office…

Biden: Obama ‘has a big stick, I promise’

In a major speech on Wednesday touting current administration’s foreign policy accomplishments, Vice President Joe Biden drew a contrast with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and bragged about President Barack Obama’s “big stick.” Speaking to an audience at New York University, Biden recalled that Obama had “made one of…

Obama’s ‘get Bin Laden’ memo now public

President Barack Obama’s order to “go in and get Bin Laden” was made public Thursday, as recorded in a memo scribbled by then-CIA chief Leon Panetta shortly after the decision was made. Published by Time magazine as the first anniversary of the Al-Qaeda leader’s killing in Pakistan approaches, the succinct…

McCain: Dems ‘conjured up imaginary war’ on women

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Thursday accused Democrats of inventing an “imaginary” war on women to score political points in an election year. During a Senate speech outlining why he supported reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), something that many Republicans oppose, McCain blasted Democrats for “dividing the country…

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