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Congress calls Nepolitano to grill her about Secret Service scandal

Lawmakers will grill Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano about the US Secret Service next week, as the Senate’s top Democrat blasted the “stupid” agents at the heart of the scandal Thursday. And furious Republicans said President Barack Obama should be held responsible for reasserting the necessary discipline in the elite…

KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut drop out of American Legislative Exchange Council

Yum! Brands — the owner of KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut — has ended its membership with the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council following a campaign launched by liberal and progressive groups. “This week, ColorOfChange members have been calling executives at Yum! Brands to ask the company to end…

Romney: Obama ‘intent on punishing people,’ not creating jobs

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday blasted President Barack Obama for being “more intent on punishing people” than creating jobs. Speaking at a closed factory in Lorain, Ohio, Romney told supporters that the empty building was proof that the president’s economic plan wasn’t working. “If you want to…

More ‘frathouse’ legislation coming unless more women are elected to statehouses

The earliest skirmishes in the War on Woman were on the state level, long before an all-male panel was assembled in the House to discuss whether birth control should be covered by employee insurance plans. In 2011 alone, the Guttmacher Institute chronicled a record number of bills designed to restrict…

Attorney warns of violence if university snuffs out Colorado 4/20 protest

A violent scene could be the inevitable result if the Colorado University-Boulder’s moves ahead with its plans to snuff out a long-running 4/20 protest, a Colorado attorney warned Raw Story on Thursday. “What the university is trying to do is kill a fly with a nuclear ICBM,” Robert Corry, Jr.,…

Rick Perry ‘interested’ in 2016 presidential bid

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he’s already thinking about another attempt at the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. In a recent interview, Jack Fink, a reporter with the CBS affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth, asked Perry if he was “interested” in another presidential bid. “Yeah, I am,” Perry replied. “I love…

House Dems introduce bill recognizing low income mothers raising their kids as work

Buoyed by Mitt Romney publicly expressing that “All moms are working moms,” House Democrats introduced legislation that would revise Clinton-era welfare laws and allow stay-at-home mothers to be compensated for taking care of their young children without worrying about falling into abject poverty. Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) and a number…

Republicans obstruct Violence Against Women Act over LGBT, immigrant protections

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is, in normal times, an uncontroversial bipartisan law that was originally passed by President Bill Clinton in 1994. The law was intended to buttress protections within the law for women affected by violence by stiffening sentences for perpetrators and enabling access by women to…

Scott Walker: Nugent was ‘best part’ of NRA convention

Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker recently praised a conservative rocker who is being investigated by the Secret Service to determine if he threatened the life of President Barack Obama. A video uploaded by public policy graduate student James Carter shows Walker at this year’s National Rifle Association (NRA) convention, where…

Bachmann says Obama ‘waving a tar baby’ with oil policy

Former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is accusing the nation’s first black president of “waving a tar baby in the air” over his proposed crackdown on oil speculators. On Tuesday, President Barack Obama proposed measures that would give regulators more power to limit manipulation of the oil markets. “We can’t…

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