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Sheriff Arpaio refuses to drop ‘birther’ investigation of Obama

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio told The Arizona Republic on Sunday that he would continue to pursue his investigation into President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. “I’m not going to drop this,” he told the newspaper. “You don’t think I did a press conference and let it die? I’ll make a decision…

Sens. Leahy, Grassley push to repair the STOCK Act

Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) called for Congress to convene a conference committee to restore two amendments to the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act. “These are two of the most important and substantive provisions in the bill,” they said. “Without them the legislation would be…

U.S. urges justice over American killed in Yemen

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday condemned the killing of an American in Yemen and urged authorities to hold the perpetrators accountable after Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility. The State Department confirmed that Joel Shrum, an American working for the non-governmental International Training Development Center, was shot dead on Sunday in…

U.S. hopes North Korea pressure comes to bear

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday voiced hope that North Korea would heed international calls to call off a missile launch after even Pyongyang’s main ally China expressed concern. The State Department highlighted the unity in position among the five nations that were involved in moribund denuclearization talks with…

Tea party joins unions in opposition to Georgia anti-picketing bill

The Atlanta Tea Party Patriots have joined labor unions and environmentalists in opposition to legislation that would outlaw some types of mass picketing. “The bill at face value, appears to be geared toward labor unions, but the devil is in the details,” the Atlanta Tea Party Patriots said in an…

Tennessee GOP lawmaker charged for domestic violence

Tennessee state Rep. David Hawk (R-Greenville), who supported a bill to allow guns in bars, was arrested on Sunday and charged with domestic assault on his wife. The lawmaker was released from Greene County jail Monday morning on $500 bond after pleading “not guilty.” “I am innocent and did not…

Corruption plagues all 50 states: study

There is currently no state in America with a great track record in dealing with corruption and transparency issues in its government, according to a detailed study by an investigation group released Monday. Eight state governments received an “F” grade while no state received an “A” grade in the State…

Teens send an average of 60 texts a day: study

Teenagers in the United States are texting more than ever before, and they’re more likely as well to have a smartphone in their hands, according to a survey released Monday. On average, youngsters aged 12 to 17 sent 60 text messages on a typical day in 2011, 10 more than…

Appeals court upholds graphic cigarette warning labels

The U.S. government’s efforts to place shockingly graphic warning labels on tobacco products was given a boost by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Kentucky on Monday, which found that the labels are constitutional because they do not restrict tobacco companies’ free speech. The court’s ruling came after the…

Corporations get tax breaks thanks to ‘Citizens United’

by Justin Elliott, ProPublica, March 19, 2012, 1:45 p.m. The Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision opened up the way for unlimited corporate spending on politics and has led to the proliferation of non-profit political groups that do not have to disclose the identities of their donors. But it turns…

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