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Jerry Sandusky seeks throw out of sex charges

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University assistant gridiron coach charged with sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years, asked a judge to throw out the charges on Thursday. In a pre-trial motion, Sandusky argued that some of the 52 child sex abuse counts against Sandusky, 68,…

Senate passes weakened version of STOCK Act

The Senate on Thursday voted 96 to 3 to pass legislation that prohibits member of Congress, their staff and all federal employees from using non-public information to trade stocks. “With passage of the STOCK Act, members of Congress and their staffs can no longer use inside government information to make…

Vermont senators blast the JOBS Act after Senate passes it

Vermont Sens. Bernie Sanders (I) and Patrick Leahy (D) on Thursday trashed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, saying it could lead to another financial crisis. The Senate voted 73 to 26 to pass the bill, which was aimed at making it easier for small business’s to raise capital.…

Sanford police chief steps aside over Martin slaying

The police chief of Sanford, Florida on Thursday said that he would temporarily step aside because he had become a distraction in the case of an unarmed teen that was killed by a neighborhood watch leader. Speaking to reporters at a news conference, Police Chief Bill Lee insisted that he…

Ron Paul tops list of House members whose campaigns paid families $3.1 million

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) emerged this week atop a list of congressional representatives who’ve paid family members fees and salaries from their campaign war chests, congressional offices and political action committees, with one ethics advocacy group highlighting him for paying more of his relatives over the last two election cycles…

Blogger resigns from think tank after posting racist, pornographic image of Obama

A blogger for a conservative think tank resigned on Thursday after posting a fake image of President Barack Obama dressed in green fetish-inspired club wear and straddling a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken. John Hood, the president of the John Locke Foundation, said Thursday he was “embarrassed and angered” that…

Pat Robertson: Manning deserves to get hurt after Tebow trade

Televangelist Pat Robertson says that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning should be punished with an inury because the team traded devout Christian Tim Tebow. “I think the Denver Broncos treated [Tebow] shabbily,” Robertson explained on Thursday. “He won seven games. He brought them into the playoffs, for heaven sakes. I…

McDonald’s names first African-American CEO

Jim Skinner, the McDonald’s chief executive who started at the firm as a management trainee in 1971 and went on to become one of its most successful leaders, has announced his retirement. Skinner, 67, has led the fast-food company for eight years. He will step down on 30 June, McDonald’s…

Activists and scientists cry foul as Obama pushes ahead on Keystone XL

A major political victory for environmental activists was partially reversed Thursday after President Barack Obama appeared in Oklahoma to announce that his administration has fast-tracked the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline, a massive project that aims to connect Canada’s tar sands to oil refineries on the Texas gulf…

GOP senator defends Planned Parenthood: ‘Provide those services, absolutely’

A conservative Republican senator is speaking out in defense of Planned Parenthood and calling on Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) to make sure the organization gets funded. During an interview on Thursday, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd asked Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) if Perry was wrong to block state funding for…

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