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Ex-Abramoff lobbyist jailed for 20 months

WASHINGTON — A former US lobbyist was sentenced to 20 months behind bars Wednesday for his role in a multi-million-dollar inducements scandal that brought down disgraced Republican super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Kevin Ring, who worked with Abramoff, was convicted for his role in a scheme to corrupt public officials by illegally…

Obama woos young voters with student loan program

DENVER, Colorado — US President Barack Obama Wednesday dwelt upon his own struggles with student debt, as he laid out a plan to ease the burden of college loans and reached out to young voters in key swing state. The president, on his second visit to the Rocky Mountain electoral…

Romney atop Republican field in key states: poll

WASHINGTON — The race for the Republican presidential nod looked Wednesday to be Mitt Romney’s to lose, with a new public opinion poll showing the former Massachusetts governor ahead in four key early voting states. But the CNN/Time survey found the race for the party’s nomination to take on President…

Progressive candidates deliver 36,000 ‘We stand with the 99%’ petitions to Boehner

Seven progressive House candidates and Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) members delivered nearly 36,000 “We stand with the 99%” petitions directly to House Speaker John Boehner’s Capitol Hill office Wednesday afternoon. The petitions stated: “We stand with the 99% — we need an economy that works for all of us,…

Marine veteran’s skull fractured by police projectile at ‘Occupy Oakland’ protest

A Marine veteran protesting with “Occupy Oakland” sustained a skull fracture Tuesday night after being shot in the head with appears to be a tear gas canister. Scott Olsen, a two-time Iraq war veteran and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, was at 14th Street and Broadway when he…

Study: Obama has regulated business less than Bush

As Republicans accuse President Barack Obama of regulating businesses right out of their ability to create jobs, a new study by Bloomberg News seems to have knocked their talking point down. The agency reported this week that President Obama has written even fewer business regulations than George W. Bush did…

Perry swears he’s not a birther after all

After several days of quotes that suggesting President Barack Obama might not be a U.S. citizen, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is finally denying that he’s a birther. In an interview published in PARADE magazine Sunday, Perry explained he “[didn't] know” if Obama’s birth certificate was real. “I had dinner…

TSA punishes employee for leaving note about woman’s vibrator

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Wednesday that an employee had been punished after leaving a note for an American writer encouraging her to “get your freak on,” seemingly in response to discovering a vibrator in the woman’s luggage. “TSA quickly launched an investigation and identified the employee responsible,” a…

Romney: ’110% behind’ Ohio anti-union bill

A day after refusing to comment on an Ohio bill that would limit the collective bargain rights of public employees, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he supports the measure “110 percent.” Romney was working at Ohio Republican Party phone bank Tuesday when he was asked about Issue…

Georgia served Cain with lien for failing to pay 2006 income taxes

There may be a reason Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain objects to the current tax code. The state of Georgia served the multimillionaire with a tax lien in 2008 because he failed to pay his 2006 state income taxes, according to documents obtained by The Daily Beast. Spokesman J.D. Gordon…

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