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Obama sets Boehner straight on regulations

President Barack Obama dealt House Speaker John Boehner the latest blow Tuesday in the lawmakers’ war of words. In response to a letter Boehner sent Obama last week accusing the president of overreaching with “job-crushing” federal regulations, Obama sent his own letter chiding the speaker. “I agree that it is…

Congressional candidate’s partner faces deportation because of DOMA

When Mike Williams decided to run for Congress in Connecticut’s 5th Congressional district, he did it, he said, “to be a role model for the underprivileged — not just LGBT kids, but all the kids in Connecticut who don’t have the same opportunities they’re supposed to.” And then Williams found…

Bank of America kept AIG’s legal threat under wraps for months

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Top Bank of America Corp lawyers knew as early as January that American International Group Inc was prepared to sue the bank for more than $10 billion, seven months before the lawsuit was filed, according to sources familiar with the matter. Bank of America shares fell more than 20…

WikiLeaks denies it reveals sources in new U.S. cables

The whistleblowing website WikiLeaks denied Tuesday that it has revealed the names of some of the sources in a new batch of US diplomatic cables it has released. The New York Times alleged that some of the 133,887 newly published cables included the names of some people who had spoken…

Obama hails ’9/11 generation’ of U.S. warriors

President Barack Obama Tuesday hailed the “9/11 generation” of US veterans and 6,200 service members who perished in the “hard decade of war” spawned by the September 11 attacks. Obama, speaking to the 93rd annual convention of the American Legion, paid tribute to millions of servicemen and women who had…

U.S. names new ATF chief after Mexican arms scandal

US authorities Tuesday named a new chief for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) after a scandal in which the agency lost track of weapons that ended up in the hands of drug cartels in Mexico. B. Todd Jones, a federal prosecutor in Minnesota, was appointed acting director…

Michelle Rhee: ‘Charter schools are public schools’

Former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee appeared on Fox and Friends this morning, continuing her steadfast support for charter schools. Rhee had a conversation with guest co-host Alisyn Camerota about Steven Brill’s book Class Warfare, which pits school reformers like Rhee against the teachers’ unions. And the controversial Rhee, who…

Michelle Rhee: ‘Charter schools are public schools’

Former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee appeared on Fox and Friends this morning, continuing her steadfast support for charter schools. Rhee had a conversation with guest co-host Alisyn Camerota about Steven Brill’s book Class Warfare, which pits school reformers like Rhee against the teachers’ unions. And the controversial Rhee, who…

Former Bush official promises to testify if someone will ‘Pinochet’ Cheney

The former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell pledged Tuesday to testify against former Vice President Dick Cheney if he is ever tried for war crimes. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson told Democracy Now‘s Amy Goodman that he would participate in a trial even if it meant personal repercussions.…

Obama admin. crackdown on health care fraud leads to 85% more prosecutions

Under the newly reformed health care laws championed by President Barack Obama, it’s not only what people pay for insurance that will change, but also the way people pay for insurance crime. The number of prosecutions for health insurance fraud is already 85 percent higher in 2011 than it was…

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