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U.S. lawmakers see new era in Libya

WASHINGTON — Top US lawmakers on Thursday hailed news of Moamer Kadhafi’s death, saying Libya was now “liberated” and calling for closer ties between Washington and Tripoli as the war-torn country tries to rebuild. “Kadhafi’s death marks the end of his reign of terror and the promise of a new…

FBI panel recommends expanding definition of rape

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is one step closer to updating their definition of rape to modern day standards. The agency’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program currently defines rape as “the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.” Rape without force is not included. The current…

Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson visits ‘Occupy Wall St.’ protest

Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson on Tuesday visited the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration in New York City’s Zuccotti Park to talk with the protesters. The former Governor of New Mexico and libertarian is an outspoken opponent of the drug war, is in favor of same sex marriage, and supports withdrawing…

Louisiana bans using cash in sales of second-hand goods

In a new law that could put every trading post, Goodwill, flea market, garage sale and Craigslist merchant in the state of Louisiana out of business, a bipartisan group of elected representatives has opted to ban all cash payments for the buying and selling of used goods. Though House Bill…

Jobless claims fall, 4-week average at 6-month low

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New claims for unemployment benefits fell last week and a gauge of labor market trends hit a six-month low, a government report showed on Thursday, pointing to an improvement in the jobs market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 403,000, the…

MIT economist: Wall Street created worst recession since WWII

MIT economics professor Simon Johnson said on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show on Wednesday night that Wall Street “blew itself up,” which lead to the “most severe recession since World War II.” The former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund added that the enormous economic damage was “a direct…

Romney pulls ad slamming Perry’s debate skills

Mitt Romney’s campaign released a new web video on Wednesday highlighting Rick Perry’s poor debate performance, only to pull the video offline later that day. The ad showed clips of Perry getting tongue-tied, rambling and stumbling over his words during the recent Republican presidential debates. The clips of Perry were…

Robert Reich: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest is already successful

Former U.S. labor secretary and University of California professor Robert Reich on Wednesday night said the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration had already succeeded in changing the political discourse of the United States. “I actually had, for the first time in years, conversations with people who spontaneously began to talk…

Sen. DeMint takes aim at Planned Parenthood ‘robo-abortions’

Republican Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina submitted an amendment to an appropriations bill on Tuesday to ensure that federal funding being invested in telemedicine services can not be used by reproductive health centers like Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood clinics in Iowa have tested a program that allows pregnant women…

Break-in prank lands French tourists in Texas jail

CHICAGO — Five drunken French tourists landed in a Texas jail Wednesday after breaking into a county courthouse in the middle of the night and sparking terrorism fears, officials said. Security footage showed the men wearing sombreros and playing around with a judge’s gavel before they were arrested by police,…

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