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In 2001 speech, Perry praised Medicaid, urged study on providing health insurance to Mexicans

Someone warn the tea party: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the Republican Party’s frontrunner for the 2012 presidential nomination, didn’t always believe publicly-run health care programs run contrary to America’s founding document. In a mostly forgotten 2001 speech, the Texas governor had kind words for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance…

GOP in Giffords’ district holds raffle for Glock

The Republican Party in Arizona’s Pima County, which is represented by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), is in the midst of a fundraising raffle, $10 per entry. The prize: the same model of gun that delivered a near-fatal blast to the Democratic lawmaker’s skull outside a Tucson grocery store in January.…

Condoleezza Rice fires back at Cheney memoir

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday she resented what she viewed as an attack on her integrity by former Vice President Dick Cheney in his just-published memoir. Speaking in an interview with Reuters, Rice rejected Cheney’s contention that she misled President George W. Bush…

100-plus former Obama workers to protest tar sands pipeline at White House

Former staffers and volunteers who have worked under President Barack Obama will “lead more than 100 people in civil disobedience at the White House” Thursday in an the ongoing protest against the Keystone XL pipeline, according to a release from the group. Courtney Height, a former youth voting director for…

Almost 10 years on, 9/11 conspiracy theories abound

For some Americans, the deaths of nearly 3,000 people was not the scariest thing about 9/11. It was realizing who carried out the attacks: yes, the American government. Defying countless official and non-governmental enquiries, media reporting, and often common sense, a significant number of people fervently disbelieve that Osama bin…

Billing dispute reveals CIA torture flights

A billing dispute in New York has revealed details of secret CIA rendition flights that transported terror suspects around the world following the September 11 attacks, newspapers reported. The Washington Post, one of a handful of media outlets alerted to the public court documents by a London-based rights group, said…

Santorum: ‘I stand by’ my ‘man on dog’ comment

In an interview that aired on CNN Wednesday night, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told Piers Morgan that suggesting that his views on homosexuality were bigoted proved that the CNN host was the one who was bigoted against the Catholic Church. The former Pennsylvania senator began the interview by defending…

Pres. Obama moves jobs speech to Sep. 8

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday agreed to unveil new jobs proposals in an address to Congress on September 8, bowing to pressure from Republicans, who objected to the original date set for his high-profile speech. Obama’s long-awaited proposals could set the agenda in Washington for the coming…

WikiLeaks blames Guardian journalist for release of 251,000 unredacted U.S. cables

WikiLeaks on Thursday blamed a journalist from the British newspaper The Guardian for the release of hundreds of thousands of unredacted U.S. State Department documents. WikiLeaks has been redacting portions of the diplomatic cables to protect human rights activists and others, and releasing the documents in assorted batches since November…

Rep. Sewell: States systematically discouraging voter participation

Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL) appeared Wednesday on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss the unprecedented push to create new obstacles to voting. “There is something in the air looking to disenfranchise and make sure certain segments of the population don’t get out to vote,” she told MSNBC host Melissa…

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