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Penn. GOP Sen. Jane Orie convicted of several corruption charges

Pennsylvania state Sen. Jane Orie (R) on Monday was convicted of 14 counts, including theft, conspiracy, conflict of interest, forgery, and evidence tampering, according to the Associated Press. The 50-year-old lawmaker was accused of using her state-funded staff members to perform campaign work for herself and her sister, a state…

Rep. Bobby Rush: A hoodie doesn’t make you a hoodlum

After being cut off on House floor for defiantly wearing a hooded sweatshirt, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) appeared on CNN to discuss how the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin hit close to home. “Trayvon Martin lies dead, partially because he was a black man wearing a hoodie in a…

Senators file resolution to arm Syria opposition

WASHINGTON — Senior US lawmakers filed a resolution Wednesday in the Senate condemning deadly violence ordered by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and urging the arming of the country’s opposition. Republican Senator John McCain presented the text, co-sponsored by four other senators including Lindsey Graham and independent Joe Lieberman, “condemning…

White House to Romney: Cold War over

WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday praised Russia’s cooperation as it hit back against fresh charges by rival Mitt Romney that President Barack Obama has shown “breathtaking weakness” toward Moscow. The comments were the latest salvoes in a row over Russia policy, triggered after Obama was caught on an…

Santorum tells young man not to use pink bowling ball ‘on camera’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Wednesday told a young man not to use a pink ball at a bowling alley in Wisconsin. “You’re not gonna use the pink ball. We’re not gonna let you do that. Not on camera,” he said, according to Reuters reporter Sam Youngman. “Friends don’t…

Strauss-Kahn lawyer demands US suit dismissal

Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer asked a US judge Wednesday to dismiss a civil suit brought by a New York hotel maid, saying the disgraced French politician had diplomatic immunity when he allegedly assaulted her. The suit “must be dismissed,” Amit Mehta said in New York state court at the start of…

Ohio lawmaker decries ‘hypocrisy’ of ‘vicious’ attacks on women’s health

In a video uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday, Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner (D) blasted Republicans across the country for pushing legislation aimed at reducing a woman’s access to an abortion. “Are you sick of hearing about lawmakers trying to protect women’s reproductive and sexual health?” she said. “Do you…

In House speech, Rep. Gwen Moore recounts being raped

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) on Wednesday recalled her own experiences of being sexually abused during a speech in favor the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. “Violence against women is as American as apple pie,” she said on the House floor. “I know, not only as a legislator, but…

FBI’s top cyber cop admits that hackers are winning

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is losing its battle with computer hackers, according to Shawn Henry, the agency’s top cyber cop. Henry said during a press conference Wednesday morning that over the course of numerous investigations, the FBI has obtained the private data of corporations that were targeted by…

U.S. suspends food aid to North Korea: Pentagon official

WASHINGTON — The United States has suspended food aid to North Korea because Pyongyang has broken its promise to refrain from missile launches and cannot be trusted to deliver the aid to those who need it, a Pentagon official said Wednesday. The United States had previously warned that any launch…

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