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GOP Rep. Walter Jones: Bring troops home instead of cutting school lunch programs

Republican Congressman Walter Jones of North Carolina said Tuesday that all U.S. military forces should be pulled out of Afghanistan now that Osama bin Laden is dead. “Why this Congress continues to complain about budgets and cuts and deficits and debts — and our young men and women are walking…

With latest ruling, IRS threatens to crush the whole medical marijuana industry

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is on the verge of shutting down California’s largest medical marijuana dispensary, and with it potentially the entire semi-legal pot industry. The Harborside Health Center in Oakland — which was going to be the subject of a Discovery Channel reality show called “Weed Wars” —…

Rep. Kucinich: ‘Occupy Wall St.’ protest is making a difference

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) released a video on Tuesday in which he praised the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” protests in lower Manhattan and other cities across the United States. “To the young men and women who are braving the overreaction of local authorities to raise their voices against the corruption…

Ron Paul calls Occupy Wall Street a ‘legitimate effort’

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said Wednesday that the Occupy Wall Street protests were a “legitimate effort,” but he wasn’t exactly sure what they are outraged about. “I can’t speak for the people out there because I don’t know who they are or exactly what they are demonstrating against,” Paul…

Tax on rich will pay for Obama jobs plan: Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. millionaires would be hit with a new 5 percent surtax to pay for President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs program under a new funding plan unveiled Wednesday by his fellow Democrats in the Senate. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said he aims to hold votes within…

Civil rights leader Shuttlesworth dies

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (Reuters) – The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a major leader in the civil rights movement who was beaten, bombed and injured by fire hoses, died in Birmingham, Alabama on Wednesday at age 89. Shuttlesworth passed away at the Princeton Baptist Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Jennifer Dodd told Reuters. Martin…

Feingold: Occupy Wall St. ‘will make the tea party look like a tea party’

Add Russ Feingold to the list of prominent names backing Occupy Wall Street. The former Wisconsin senator sat down for an interview with the Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent and stated how the protests will outdo its right-wing counterpart. “This is like the Tea Party — only it’s real,” he said.…

DNC chair: ‘LGBT equality is not an aspiration, it’s a destination’

DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) came out strongly in support of equality for same sex binational couples last night at Immigration Equality’s annual reception in Washington, DC, calling the struggle for full equality for LGBT people “the defining civil rights struggle of our generation.” Wasserman Schultz was joined…

Obama again sends U.S. tax dollars to countries with child soldiers

For the second year in a row, the Obama administration has waived financial penalties for countries that enslave children and turn them into soldiers, ensuring that tens of millions of U.S. tax dollars will continue to be used by those who support the brutish practice. In a Tuesday meeting described…

Approval of Congress hits record low: poll

After months of partisan gridlock, more Americans of all political stripes disapprove of the US Congress than at any point in more than two decades, a poll found Wednesday. The Washington Post/ABC News poll found that just 14 percent of the US public approves of the job Congress is doing,…

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