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New Secret Service rules ban visits to ‘non-reputable establishments’

WASHINGTON — Embarrassed over a Colombia sex scandal, the US Secret Service released new conduct guidelines Friday that forbid agents from visiting “non-reputable establishments” or bringing foreigners to their hotel rooms. The “enhanced standards of conduct,” which are effective immediately, also forbid agents in the presidential protection force from consuming…

Prince Andrew’s former girlfriend to sue Murdoch’s News Corp. in U.S.

Koo Stark, the former actress and one-time girlfriend of Prince Andrew, is reported to be planning to launch a phone-hacking claim against News Corporation in the US courts. A London Evening Standard story said Stark had instructed the British lawyer, Mark Lewis, to act for her. He has represented several…

New Yorkers branch into ‘beyond organic’ urban fish farming

So you recycle, drive a small car, and try to eat organic. But what about running an eco-sustainable fish farm combined with a naturally fertilized vegetable patch in your kitchen? Christopher Toole and Anya Pozdeeva, two former New York bankers who founded the Society for Aquaponic Values and Education (SAVE),…

Republicans threaten to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt

Attorney General Eric Holder could soon be declared in contempt of Congress, if House Republicans have their way. Led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Republicans told The Los Angeles Times on Friday that they have been stonewalled by the Department…

ALEC legislator uses ‘Occupy pansy’ slur against activist

Georgia lawmaker and former national head of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Earl Ehrhart (R) is not taking kindly to attempts by citizen groups to shed light on his organization.  In today’s Marrietta Daily Journal he lashed out at one activist in particular, calling him “some Occupy pansy sitting…

Black Congresswoman threatened after Beck website posts edited video

An African-American Congresswoman from New York was forced to call the police on Thursday after she says an edited video posted on Glenn Beck’s website incited threats of violence against her. Judith Kargbo, a spokeswoman for Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY), confirmed to Raw Story that the Congresswoman’s office had asked…

Obama threatens to veto booby-trapped student loan bill as Rove pitches youth vote

President Barack Obama threatened on Friday to veto a House Republican bill that would keep government-backed student loan interest rates at their current level because of a poison-pill amendment, even though his veto would play directly into an obvious trap laid by Republican political strategist Karl Rove. President Obama has…

Minnesota’s anti-abortion bill opens up a new front in the War On Women

Anti-abortion groups — who have long-considered medical, or pill abortions, to be one of the biggest threats to their movement’s demonization of abortion and the women who seek them — quietly opened a new front in state legislatures recently to de facto restrict or eliminate access to the less expensive,…

Romney campaign: Obama ‘divides’ America by talking about bin Laden

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign is accusing President Barack Obama of dividing the country when his campaign talks about killing terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. In a new web advertisement, President Bill Clinton says that Obama chose the “more honorable path” by ordering the 2011 attack that resulted…

Tampa asks Rick Scott to ban guns at RNC Convention

The Tampa City Council on Thursday said they would ask Florida Gov. Rick Scott to ban firearms outside the Republican National Convention later this year. The council has already issued a citywide ban on items like pieces of wood, switchblades, slingshots, containers of bodily fluids and even squirt guns. A…

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