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Jimmy Carter warns against war with Iran

CHICAGO — Former US President Jimmy Carter warned against a possible war with Iran Monday as he decried his nation’s involvement in unjust conflicts at a summit of Nobel Peace Prize laureates in Chicago. Carter, a naval veteran who served as Democratic president from 1977 to 1981, said that while…

Lawmakers probe Wal-Mart over Mexico bribery

WASHINGTON — Two senior US congressmen launched an investigation into giant retailer Wal-Mart Monday over allegations it paid millions of dollars in bribes to build up its operations in Mexico. Democratic Representatives Henry Waxman and Elijah Cummings said they had requested a meeting with company officials in person this week…

Romney gushes over life in ‘magnificent’ Paris

WASHINGTON — White House hopeful Mitt Romney got a bit wistful Monday while on the campaign trail as he recalled time spent with his wife in “magnificent” Paris, where he hopes to enjoy more vacation time. Romney, the all-but-certain Republican nominee to face President Barack Obama in November’s election, spent…

Sen. Cornyn: Democrats trying to ‘score cheap political points’ with violence against women bill

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) on Monday accused Democrats of trying to use the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act as a political weapon against Republicans. “Since it became law in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has helped millions of victims break free from the terrible cycle of…

Tennessee House panel advances welfare drug testing bill

A Tennessee House committee on Monday approved legislation that would require welfare applicants to undergo a drug screening before receiving benefits, according to the Associated Press. The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Julia Hurley, rejected an amendment that would require lawmakers in the state to undergo a similar analysis. The legislation…

Mother of tortured U.S. citizen appeals case to Supreme Court

On Monday, the mother of a U.S. citizen who was allegedly tortured at a naval base in Charleston asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate a lawsuit against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other government officials on behalf of her son. Jose Padilla, a convicted terrorist, had sued Rumsfeld…

NASA sends rubber chicken into radiation storm in stratosphere

In a knitted spacesuit and tight-fitting helmet, Camilla the rubber chicken floated to the edge of space in a modified lunchbox as the sun unleashed the most intense radiation storm since 2003. The mascot for Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory was lofted to the stratosphere on a helium balloon that carried…

Open government group accuses ALEC of tax fraud

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative nonprofit that workshops legislation favored by its corporate members, was accused Monday of tax fraud by an open government group that’s seeking to trigger an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audit into ALEC’s activities. The group Common Cause leveled the allegations Monday morning,…

Romney: Young people ‘have to vote for me’

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney declared on Monday that “young voters in this country have to vote for me.” During a press conference in Aston, Pennsylvania, the candidate told reporters that young Americans should reconsider their support for President Barack Obama. “I think young voters in this country have…

Sanford police chief Bill Lee expected to resign

Sanford, Florida police chief Bill Lee is expected to resign Monday afternoon according to CNN, hours after Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman was released from prison on bail. Lee temporarily removed himself from his position last month after facing criticism for not arresting Zimmerman on the night of the shooting…

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