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Tennessee GOP lawmaker charged for domestic violence

Tennessee state Rep. David Hawk (R-Greenville), who supported a bill to allow guns in bars, was arrested on Sunday and charged with domestic assault on his wife. The lawmaker was released from Greene County jail Monday morning on $500 bond after pleading “not guilty.” “I am innocent and did not…

Corruption plagues all 50 states: study

There is currently no state in America with a great track record in dealing with corruption and transparency issues in its government, according to a detailed study by an investigation group released Monday. Eight state governments received an “F” grade while no state received an “A” grade in the State…

Teens send an average of 60 texts a day: study

Teenagers in the United States are texting more than ever before, and they’re more likely as well to have a smartphone in their hands, according to a survey released Monday. On average, youngsters aged 12 to 17 sent 60 text messages on a typical day in 2011, 10 more than…

Appeals court upholds graphic cigarette warning labels

The U.S. government’s efforts to place shockingly graphic warning labels on tobacco products was given a boost by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Kentucky on Monday, which found that the labels are constitutional because they do not restrict tobacco companies’ free speech. The court’s ruling came after the…

Corporations get tax breaks thanks to ‘Citizens United’

by Justin Elliott, ProPublica, March 19, 2012, 1:45 p.m. The Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision opened up the way for unlimited corporate spending on politics and has led to the proliferation of non-profit political groups that do not have to disclose the identities of their donors. But it turns…

Romney: ‘I don’t see how a young American can vote for a Democrat’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he can’t understand why so many young people vote Democratic. During a speech on economic freedom at the University of Chicago on Monday, the candidate was asked to address crippling student loans and the high unemployment rate for younger Americans. “I joke and I…

Atheists use ‘unholy water’ to ‘unbless’ Florida highway

Atheists gathered in Polk County, Florida on Sunday used “unholy water” to wash away a blessing placed on a highway by a religious group one year ago. “We come in peace,” Humanists of Florida Association (HFA) director Mark Palmer shouted to a group assembled to “unbless” Highway 98. “Now that’s…

GOP gubernatorial candidate wrote book on soliciting prostitutes

A Republican candidate for governor in Montana also turns out to be an expert on “illicit pleasures” like gambling, drugs and prostitution. In a recent interview, Neil Livingstone, who bills himself as a counterterrorism expert, admitted to The Associated Press that he had been on a yacht where his wife…

U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider life imprisonment for juveniles

Ed Pilkington, guardian.co.uk When Quantel Lotts was 17 he put together a makeshift tattoo gun using the motor of an old Walkman casette player and a stylus fashioned from a sharpened staple. Then he asked a fellow inmate to etch two words in Gothic script down each of his outer…

Mortgage-backed securities that brought about the financial crisis earned the U.S. Treasury $25 billion

The US Treasury said Monday it had earned $25 billion from investments it made in mortgage-backed securities during the height of the financial crisis in 2008-2009. Announcing the completion of its disposal of its position in the securities, which were at the center of the meltdown of the financial system,…

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