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‘Occupy Wall St.’ joins postal workers in budget protest

Instead of railing against Wall Street, last night the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters decided to join with postal workers in New York City at a protest against a five-day delivery week, which many believe will severely harm the postal service and cause significant job losses. “A lot of people will…

Obama in Denver pressures Congress to pass jobs bill

DENVER, Colorado — President Barack Obama stood in a Denver schoolyard Tuesday imploring Congress to pass his jobs bill, saying it would save teachers the sack and help secure the futures of America’s children. Obama, on a nationwide tour to push the $447 billion legislation, which faces an uncertain fate…

LRAD Corp. disputes ACLU lawsuit over G-20 protest

LRAD Corp., manufacturer of a sonic device deployed against protestors during the 2009 G-20 Summit, has disputed the claims made in an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit. Last week, a bystander who suffered permanent hearing loss after Pittsburgh police deployed a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) against protestors during the…

Jon Stewart presses Ron Paul on his libertarian views

Although Jon Stewart and Texas Congressman Ron Paul found common ground in their opposition to the war on drugs on Monday night, Stewart questioned whether all of Paul’s libertarian ideals were realistic. Paul, a Republican presidential candidate, said during his appearance on The Daily Show that the free market system…

Dylan Ratigan starts campaign to get money out of politics

MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan — who angrily stated that “Congress is bought” in August — has launched a petition calling for a constitutional amendment to prohibit campaign contributions to political candidates. On Tuesday, he discussed the campaign with his fellow MSNBC host, Martin Bashir. “There is a single statistic that…

U.S. angry at Israeli settlement move

DENVER, Colorado — The United States expressed clear frustration Tuesday at new Israeli settlement plans in east Jerusalem, in a sign of renewed tension with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. Israel approved a plan to build 1,100 new homes in a Jewish settlement, prompting an angry reaction from the Palestinians…

Health insurance costs up 9 percent in year: study

WASHINGTON — Company-provided health insurance, one of the largest costs of US businesses and households alike, rose nine percent over the past year despite the sluggish economy, according to a new study released Tuesday. The average cost for employer-provided family health care insurance has hit $15,073 a year, a burden…

Obama hails ‘unshakeable’ U.S.-Israel ties

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama praised the “unshakeable” bonds between Israel and the United States Tuesday in remarks marking the start of the Jewish high holy days. Obama paid homage to US-Israeli ties in a videotaped statement honoring the sacred Jewish holidays — book-ended by the start of the Jewish…

69 lawmakers urge protections for bi-national gay couples

A group of 69 Democratic House members Tuesday asked the Obama administration to provide assurances that updated immigration policies would prevent the deportation of partners in same sex relationships. In letters (PDF) to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder, lawmakers applauded the August 18 Department of…

‘L-Word’ actress reacts to Southwest’s gay snub: I won’t apologize

Leisha Hailey, an actress who starred on “The L-Word” and performs in electro-pop band Uh Huh Her, took to the Twittersphere Monday evening in a tirade against Southwest Airlines. Hailey said that she had kissed another woman on a Southwest flight, and was told by an employee that Southwest was…

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