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Unions and liberal groups to join ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest

Labor unions and liberal activist groups plan to throw their weight behind the “Occupy Wall Street” protest in New York City that has now lasted 13 straight days, according to Crain’s New York. A diverse coalition of people have pledged to occupy Wall Street until something is done about corporate…

Republicans try to block funds for health care reform

WASHINGTON — Republicans in the House of Representatives unveiled a bill Thursday that would block funding for President Barack Obama’s health care reform as long as it is contested in the courts. The measure targeting the health care reforms passed by Congress in 2010 was contained in a bill that…

Libya inspired world, but tough road ahead: McCain

TRIPOLI — Libya’s revolution has “inspired the world” but the country faces huge challenges, including the mass proliferation of weapons, US Senator John McCain said on a visit to Tripoli on Thursday. “The Libyan people have inspired the world…. We believe strongly that the people of Libya today are inspiring…

U.S. troops no longer needed in northern Iraq: general

WASHINGTON — Large numbers of US troops are no longer needed on the ground in northern Iraq to defuse Arab-Kurdish tensions and have begun handing over control to local forces, a US commander said Thursday. Army Major General David Perkins, who leads 5,000 US troops deployed in northern Iraq, said…

Rick Perry vows to oust Fed chair Ben Bernanke

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential frontrunner Rick Perry rejoined his attack on the Federal Reserve Thursday, saying he would not reappoint chairman Ben Bernanke if elected to the Oval Office. Perry, the current governor of Texas, launched a scathing attack on the former Princeton economics professor, accusing him of boosting the…

House passes bill to avert government shutdown

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives on Thursday approved a stopgap spending bill to avert a looming government shutdown and keep key agencies open to October 4, sending it to President Barack Obama. The Senate had passed the legislation, known as a “continuing resolution” or “CR” late Monday, as…

Romney regains top Republican spot for 2012: poll

WASHINGTON — White House hopeful Mitt Romney has vaulted over rival Rick Perry to reclaim the top spot in the Republican bid to challenge President Barack Obama next year, a national poll found. A Fox News poll released late Wednesday said 23 percent of registered US voters surveyed backed Romney…

FBI to update 80-year-old, women-only rape definition

The Federal Bureau of Investigation currently defines rape the same way it has for the last 80 years: “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.” After continued activist pressure, the FBI is considering rewriting that definition to better reflect that actual number of sexual assaults that…

Alleged Pentagon bomb plotter indicted in Boston

BOSTON (Reuters) – A U.S. man who allegedly plotted to fly explosives-laden model planes into the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol was indicted by a federal grand jury in Boston on Thursday. The six-count indictment of Rezwan Ferdaus also covered the Ashland, Massachusetts, resident’s efforts to provide support and resources…

Fox poll shows new momentum for Romney campaign

Results of a national Fox News poll released today show former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney retaking the lead in the field of Republican presidential hopefuls. Romney polled at 23 percent according to the new poll, inching over Perry’s 19 percent vote share. Romney only gained 1 percent since the last…

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