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BP bounces back into profit

BP surged back into profit in the first nine months of 2011, and has now reached a “clear turning point” after last year’s devastating Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, it declared on Tuesday. The group said it will sell another $15 billion of non-core assets by 2013, expanding its divestment…

Mormons defend faith in White House race spotlight

As the battle for the Republican presidential nomination gets into full swing, the issue of religion has resurfaced, with front-runner Mitt Romney forced to defend his Mormon faith. While critics have branded Mormonism an anti-Christian cult, those who belong to the church say the possibility of a Mormon winning the…

U.S. judge halts drug tests for aid applicants

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) – A judge on Monday halted a new Florida law that requires low-income parents seeking federal cash assistance to pass a drug test before receiving any money. In a 37-page ruling in Orlando, District Court Judge Mary Scriven granted an injunction barring the state from enforcing the…

Wall Street protest plans global rally before G20

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An activist group that sparked the Occupy Wall Street movement has called for global protests on Saturday to demand G20 leaders impose a “Robin Hood” tax on financial transactions and currency trades. Canada-based Adbusters wants the Occupy Wall Street protest movement against economic inequality to take…

At fundraisers, Obama says 60 percent of promises kept

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – President Barack racked up cash for his re-election campaign at fundraisers in Nevada and California on Monday, declaring that he had kept 60 percent of the promises he made as a candidate in 2008. Obama is in the middle of a three-day swing through battleground states…

Maddow: Herman Cain’s campaign basically is the Koch brothers

On her show Monday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow noted that Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is an avid numerologist who is obsessed with the number 45. She also pointed out numerous links between Cain and the conservative billionaire Koch brothers. For instance, before running for president, he worked for…

District attorney calls ‘Occupy Albany’ a wonderful protest

Albany County District Attorney David Soares told Current TV host Keith Olbermann on Monday night the “Occupy” demonstrators in New York’s capital city “should be allowed to protest and exercise their First Amendment right,” as long as they remain peaceful. New York state troopers and Albany police did not adhere…

Bernie Sanders: Republicans living on another planet

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Monday blasted Republican lawmakers for blocking Obama’s jobs bill “in the midst of the worst economic crisis in modern history.” Facing stubborn opposition from Republicans, Obama now plans to unveil economic initiatives that can be issued through executive orders, completely bypassing Congress. “You’ve…

Wisconsin Democrats slam Gov. Walker’s new taxpayer-funded website

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin has called on Republican Gov. Scott Walker to reimburse taxpayers for a website launched Monday that touts the results of the legislation he pushed in 2011. “Since our reforms passed, a lot of people have wondered what kind of results we’re getting and why the…

Poll: U.S. split over ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement

Nearly as many Americans support the “Occupy Wall Street “movement as oppose it, but the ongoing demonstration is still more popular than the tea party, according to a new Pew Research/Washington Post poll. According to the survey of 1,009 adults, 39 percent of Americans support the “Occupy Wall Street” movement.…

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