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Attorney: Fake Democrats in Wisconsin committing criminal election fraud

Six fake Democrats running in upcoming recall primaries to push back the election date in Wisconsin are violating the law, according to an election attorney. “Among the requirements for running as a candidate in a partisan primary, one is required to file with the [Government Accountability Board] a ‘Declaration of…

More than 640,000 thank Starbucks for supporting same sex marriage

Starbucks’ headquarters in Seattle received a huge “Thank You” card on Thursday for supporting legislation that allowed same sex couples in Washington state to marry. More than 640,000 people signed the card, which was the creation of SumOfUs.org, MoveOn.org and Washington United for Marriage. “We knew that people would stand…

Mega Millions mystery drags on

BALTIMORE, Maryland — The Mega Millions mystery dragged on Thursday with no one yet coming forward for a share of a world-record $656 million jackpot, even after a Baltimore woman claimed she had a winning ticket. Tickets with the winning combination of 2, 4, 23, 38, 46 plus Mega Ball…

Russian arms smuggler gets 25 years in U.S. prison

NEW YORK — A US judge on Thursday sentenced Russian “merchant of death” arms smuggler Viktor Bout to 25 years in prison for conspiring to sell a massive arsenal to anti-American guerrillas in Colombia. Bout, 45, has been accused of selling arms to despots and insurgency groups embroiled in some…

‘Long Live Zimmerman’ painted on Ohio State’s black cultural center

Ohio State’s University Police are investigating after someone spray-painted “Long Live Zimmerman” on the campus’ black cultural center. University newspaper The Lantern reported that the racially-charged graffiti was apparently left Wednesday night or early Thursday morning on the Hale Hall building, which houses the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural…

Condoleezza Rice’s top deputy: ‘I do regard the [enhanced] interrogation practices .. as torture’

A senior Bush administration official and former head of the 9/11 Commission has described CIA interrogation techniques used on alleged terrorists as torture and said he warned in a secret memo at the height of the “war on terror” that they breached the US’s own war crimes laws. Philip Zelikow,…

‘Justified’ homicides up 25 percent since states passed Stand Your Ground laws

Rising numbers of civilian justifiable homicides across the US are closely linked to states with both weak gun controls and stand-your-ground laws, according to a Guardian analysis of FBI and other data, which show a 25% increase in such killings since the controversial self-defence laws started being introduced around 2005.…

Congressional commission: U.S. underestimates China’s military strength

The United States has underestimated the growth of China’s military as policymakers have taken public statements at face value or failed to understand Beijing’s thinking, a study said Thursday. The report prepared for the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission said the United States had a mixed record on predicting…

Obama: Women should be admitted to Augusta golf club

President Barack Obama says that it’s past time for the Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters, to admit women. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that the president told him “women should be admitted” to the all-male club. “I happened to have a…

Judge says denying benefits to same sex spouse is discriminatory

A federal judge in California ordered another court to pay the health insurance costs of an employee’s same sex spouse, in a finding that called denial of equal benefits to the couple discriminatory. It’s still not clear whether the ruling will actually result in payments for the court employee’s spouse,…

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