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Wisconsin voter ID supporter caught voting for colleague

A Wisconsin state representative who supported the state’s voter ID law is now be accused of voter fraud himself. A YouTube video titled “Proof Of Voter Fraud In The Wisconsin State Assembly” shows Republican state Rep. Joel Kleefisch getting out of his chair to electronically cast a vote for a…

Romney: ‘Nuclear weaponry will by used’ if Obama re-elected

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday played the ultimate fear card and promised that someone would definitely use nuclear weapons if President Barack Obama is re-elected. During a CNN-sponsored debate in Mesa, Arizona, the candidate explained that reducing the price of gas was less important than preventing Iran from…

Grandmother, stepmother charged with running girl to death

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – Two Alabama women were accused of murder on Wednesday for allegedly killing a young girl by forcing her to run for three hours without stopping, authorities said. The running was apparently a punishment for Savannah Hardin, 9, who died on Monday at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham…

Struggling Floridians line up for chance to plead to keep homes

MIAMI (Reuters) – Nearly 1,200 people lined up at a downtown Miami conference center on Wednesday, holding onto mortgage documents and income statements in the hope of saving the homes they are struggling to pay for. Seated at rows of long tables were scores of loan processing agents for 19…

Huge increase in U.S. kids living in poverty: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Years of economic setbacks have taken their toll on the nation’s youngest residents, with another 1.6 million children living in high-poverty neighborhoods, according to one study that shows nearly 8 million children residing in poor areas in 2010. In 2000, 6.3 million children lived in high poverty…

Oakland police accused of shooting Oscar Grant’s cousin

OAKLAND, California (Reuters) – A man shot and wounded by an Oakland police officer last weekend was a cousin of Oscar Grant, whose shooting death by a Bay Area transit officer sparked violent demonstrations in 2010, his attorney said on Wednesday. The officer shot Tony Jones, 24, in the back…

Alleged WikiLeaks source Manning to be charged

Bradley Manning, the US soldier suspected of leaking a trove of secret military and diplomatic documents to the WikiLeaks website, was to be formally charged in a military court on Thursday. The 24-year-old will be charged with 22 counts — the most serious being aiding the enemy — in a…

GOP debate audience boos contraception

On Wednesday, contraception became the latest topic to raise the ire of conservative debate goers. During a CNN-sponsored Republican presidential debate in Arizona, the crowd booed wildly at the mention of birth control. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich used the opportunity to attack the moderators as he had done in…

NOW President O’Neill: Abortion ultrasound bills are ‘ritual humiliation laws’

National Organization of Women president Terry O’Neill said Wednesday that laws requiring women to view an ultrasound before terminating their pregnancy were “ritual humiliation laws.” Lawmakers in Virginia on Wednesday approved a controversial bill requiring women to undergo an ultrasound prior to an abortion. Similar legislation, which requires women to…

Dan Savage ‘freaked out’ by Santorum surge

Gay activist and sex columnist Dan Savage told Mother Jones in a recent interview that he was “freaked out” by the rise of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. National polls have found the staunch social conservative surging ahead of longtime frontrunner Mitt Romney. In early February, he came in first…

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