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Trumka: Chances are AFL-CIO will endorse Obama for 2012

Richard Trumka, president of the largest federation of unions in the U.S., said Tuesday on MSNBC that the AFL-CIO would probably endorse President Barack Obama in 2012. “President Obama has been a friend for us,” Trumka said. He previously threatened to withdraw the AFL-CIO’s attendance at the upcoming Democratic convention…

Wisconsin cut $635 per student under Gov. Scott Walker’s budget

Wisconsin was first among 24 states in reducing state education aid since last year, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington-based think tank. State spending per student dropped $635 from the last fiscal year, thanks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s budget, which took…

Cheney refuses to admit making any mistakes

During an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday, former Vice President Dick Cheney defended the all decisions made during the Bush administration, refusing to say he made any mistakes at all. “I pointed out to the former vice president that everyone makes mistakes, and there’s nothing wrong with admitting…

Sen. Kirk: Pakistan ‘main threat’ to Afghanistan

CHICAGO — Pakistan is the “main threat” to Afghanistan and its intelligence service is “the biggest danger” to the government in Kabul, a US senator recently returned from the region warned Tuesday. Republican Senator Mark Kirk, just returned from a two-week stint serving as a US Naval Reserve Intelligence Commander,…

Obama poll ratings dive as job speech looms

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s poll numbers crashed to new lows ahead of his crucial speech Thursday aimed at tackling zero US job growth and reviving his own political fortunes. Opinion polls revealed a mood of deep pessimism in the American electorate, amid high unemployment and economic anxiety, and suggested…

Gunman kills national guardsmen in Nevada diner shooting

LOS ANGELES — A gunman opened fire on a group of national guardsman at a Nevada restaurant Tuesday, killing three people before ending the breakfast-time rampage by turning the gun on himself. At least two of the dead were military personnel, according to Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong, who said…

Ron Paul’s latest ad slams Rick Perry as ‘Al Gore’s Texas cheerleader’

Congressman Ron Paul’s presidential campaign released a new advertisement on Tuesday that attacks his rival Texas Gov. Rick Perry for his involvement in Al Gore’s 1988 presidential bid. The ad also highlights Paul’s early support for former President Ronald Reagan The 60-second spot will be aired in New Hampshire and…

Boehner and Cantor summon Obama to meeting before jobs speech

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) wrote President Barack Obama a letter Tuesday, Congress’ last day of recess, requesting that he meet with Republican leadership prior to his planned jobs speech to Congress Thursday. The letter focuses on Republican-led job efforts and what Boehner…

Giuliani: GOP would be ‘truly desperate’ to nominate me

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani took time out of discussion about the Sept. 11 anniversary Tuesday to evaluate his chances at getting the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. “I think if I were to run, I would have a chance of winning the presidency,” Giuliani said during remarks…

Majority of Americans want to completely replace Congress: poll

Results of a poll released Tuesday show that as summer turns to fall, the majority of Americans are longing to totally clean house (of Representatives). And Senate. Today’s NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed that 54 percent of Americans would vote out every single member of Congress, including their own, if…

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