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Pelosi pushes for DISCLOSE Act: Colbert must be stopped

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) released a satirical video on Thursday that urges Americans to support the DISCLOSE Act by attacking comedian Stephen Colbert and his super PAC. “Stephen Colbert used to be my friend,” she says in the video. “I even signed the poor baby’s cast when he hurt…

Okla. lawmaker defends ‘spilled semen’ amendment

A Democratic lawmaker on Thursday defended her satirical amendment to an anti-abortion bill that would outlaw Onanism in Oklahoma. A proposed “personhood” bill in Oklahoma would define human life as beginning at the moment of conception. In response, Oklahoma State Sen. Constance Johnson tried to amend the legislation to make…

Banks agree $25 billion deal for U.S. homeowners

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and top US mortgage lenders unveiled a landmark $25 billion deal Thursday to help struggling homeowners get back on their feet and to untether the moribund housing market. Five of the country’s top banks, the federal government and 49 states — all except Oklahoma —…

U.S. approves first nuclear plant in decades

WASHINGTON — The US approved its first new nuclear power reactors in decades on Thursday, despite objections from the country’s top regulator that safety issues raised by last year’s Fukushima meltdown were not fully addressed. Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted 4-1 to approve the construction of two 1,100…

McConnell: Obama unleashing ‘liberal thugs’ on Fox News

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Thursday painted conservatives as victims of President Barack Obama and other “liberal thugs.” Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), McConnell said he always loved the event “because conservatives are just simply more fun” than liberals. “There’s a reason for that, by…

Louisiana Dem’s bill would rename Gulf of Mexico the ‘Gulf of America’

Updated, below — A Democratic state Representative from Louisiana has put forward an unusual proposal: renaming the Gulf of Mexico to “Gulf of America.” House Bill 150 (PDF), put forward by Rep. Steve Holland (D), was first spotted by the Best of New Orleans blog. It’s being considered by the…

Judge orders husband to take abused wife to Red Lobster

A judge in Florida has ordered a man accused of domestic violence to take his wife on a date for her birthday, including flowers, Red Lobster and bowling. Joseph Bray’s wife, Sonya, told Broward County Judge John “Jay” Hurley that she had gotten mad at her husband because he failed…

Gingrich-backing billionaire’s casino empire facing criminal probe

SAN FRANCISCO/MACAU, China (Reuters) – It’s never good for the candidate when a big donor runs afoul of the law – as President Barack Obama learned this week: his campaign returned large donations from Chicago’s Cardona brothers after it was reported that a third brother is a fugitive from U.S. drug and fraud…

Contraceptive use drives teen pregnancy rate to 30-year low: study

The use of and easy access to contraceptives is being seen as the cause of numbers published this week by the Guttmacher Institute, showing that the U.S. teen pregnancy rate has hit a 30-year low. The study found that in 2008, just 67.8 per every 1,000 women between the ages…

New ‘foreclosure abuse’ agreement includes fines penalizing banks

(Reuters) – U.S. banking regulators are using the agreement announced on Thursday between large U.S. banks and state and federal agencies over foreclosure abuses as a vehicle for levying their own fines on banks for problems in their mortgage servicing businesses. In April 2011 banking regulators reached a deal with…

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