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Michael Moore elated by Obama’s speech

Filmmaker and author Michael Moore said on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show that he was delighted by President Barack Obama’s speech on Monday. “I think what happened today was exactly what we’ve been wanting President Obama to do,” he said. “And he has to do more of it.” During his…

‘Birther queen’ may challenge Sen. Feinstein

A dentist, lawyer, and former real estate agent dubbed the “birther queen” for her several lawsuits challenging President Barack Obama’s citizenship may go up against Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 2012. Orly Taitz told the Sacramento Bee that running against Feinstein would give her a platform to discuss issues the…

Linda McMahon gets back into Senate ring

NEW YORK — US wrestling tycoon Linda McMahon, who spent $50 million on a failed Senate election campaign in 2010, is climbing back into the ring for another bid next year, US media reports said. McMahon is expected to launch her new campaign for the Republican nomination Tuesday at Coil…

Activists to protest Ahmadinejad in New York

NEW YORK — Activists vowed on Monday to greet Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with angry protests when he visits New York for this week’s United Nations General Assembly. United Against Nuclear Iran, an advocacy group, has demanded that managers of the upscale Warwick Hotel refuse to host Ahmadinejad and his…

Washington state Democrats back marijuana legalization initiative

Washington state Democrats passed a resolution on Saturday to endorse Initiative 502, which would legalize the production and distribution of marijuana for sale to adults 21 and over through state-licensed stores. The resolution was passed by a 75 to 43 vote. The resolution (PDF) stated that thousands of Washington adults…

Rep. Charlie Rangel crashes Rick Perry event in New York

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) on Monday inadvertently crashed a fundraiser for Texas Gov. Rick Perry in upper Manhattan. Rangel told reporters he had no idea that the event was a fundraiser for the presidential candidate. “I think Republicans have a major problem with their candidates,” he said, in response to…

Florida County Commissioner: Jail Republicans for destroying country

Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aaronson said at a Democratic Party fundraising dinner on Saturday that Republicans deserve to be thrown in jail for trying to destroy the country in hopes of defeating President Barack Obama. “You know, if a ballplayer threw a game and they get caught, they go…

Ron Paul wins 2012 California straw poll

Presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul won a California straw poll by a large margin, the state Republican Party announced Saturday night. Paul won with 44.9 percent of the votes, Texas Gov. Rick Perry came in second with 29.3 percent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney came in third with…

Troy Davis has last-ditch hearing as execution set

ATLANTA, Georgia — A Georgia parole board heard a last-ditch appeal Monday from Troy Davis, a convicted murderer just days away from execution whose case has become a global cause celebre for death penalty opponents. In the latest protest, an estimated 150 to 200 demonstrators carried signs outside the closed-door…

Plane evacuated in Oakland after bomb threat

LOS ANGELES — An Alaska Airlines plane was evacuated on Monday after a bomb threat was received while it was en route to San Francisco, although no explosives were found, an airport spokeswoman said. All 132 passengers and crew were taken off after the plane was escorted to a remote…

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