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Scott Walker allows recall challenge to move ahead in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) declined to challenge any signatures ahead of the Monday afternoon deadline to prevent a recall election against him, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Walker’s decision leaves only state election officials to determine whether the recall’s signatures are valid by March 19. Walker previously sought…

Pennsylvania poised to enact most restrictive abortion law of 2012

Even as the transvaginal ultrasound bill in Virginia was causing national outrage, Pennsylvania conservatives were quietly pushing a even more restrictive abortion bill. The legislation is designed with so many difficult and differing restrictions that long-time abortion policy analyst Elizabeth Nash at the Guttmacher Institute told Raw Story, “I’ve never…

Brownback: ‘Go work somewhere else’ if you want contraception

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) has a simple solution for women who work for religious institutions that refuse to cover birth control: Find a new job. During a call-in show on C-SPAN Monday morning, a woman named Doris from Osawatomie, Kansas told Brownback that she was worried that he wanted…

Santorum leading Romney in Ohio: poll

WASHINGTON — Christian conservative Rick Santorum is holding a seven-point lead over Mitt Romney in Ohio a week ahead of the US Republican presidential primary in the key Midwest state, a poll showed Monday. Santorum, getting support from conservative “Tea Party” followers and male voters, was leading the field in…

U.S. stocks tumble as high oil price weighs

NEW YORK — US stocks sank Monday as traders worried about the high price of oil and after the Group of 20 major economies snubbed Europe’s call for more aid to fight the eurozone debt crisis. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 54.00 points (0.42 percent) to 12,928.95 in…

U.S. vows no change in Afghan war strategy

WASHINGTON — The US military has no plans to alter its troop drawdown timetable in Afghanistan despite a week of deadly unrest over the burning of the Koran at an American base, the Pentagon said Monday. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and top US military officer General Martin Dempsey both “believe…

TransCanada makes new push for Keystone XL oil pipeline

OTTAWA — TransCanada Corp announced Monday it would go ahead with construction of part of its Keystone XL oil pipeline that does not require US presidential approval, a stretch from the state of Oklahoma to the US Gulf Coast. The company also said it will resubmit its proposal for the…

Texas man killed over karaoke song choice

Authorities in southwest Houston say a man may have been killed early Monday morning over his choice of karaoke songs. Investigators told KPRC that the incident happened around 2 a.m. at Ostioneria Mazatlan, a Mexican seafood restaurant. The victim reportedly yelled that he was from Guerrero, Mexico after singing “Somos…

Nearly 10 percent of customers switch banks in 2011

Global research company J.D. Power & Associates found that almost 10 percent of bank customers switched to another financial outlet in 2011, thanks in large part to increased fees. Last year, 9.6 percent of people moved their money, compared to 8.7 percent in 2010 and 7.7 percent in 2009. “It…

Utah group sends anti-war message with ‘Bomb Iran’ billboard

A small group of anti-war activists in Utah hopes that a billboard with the words “Bomb Iran” will get people to stop and think twice about waging a new war. Billboard creator Connor Boyack told Raw Story that his group put up the sign in West Valley City last week…

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