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Wyden backs amendment to overturn Citizens United ruling

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced on Thursday that he was supporting a proposed constitutional amendment that would overturn the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling in Citizens United v. the Federal Elections Commission. “Americans deserve to know the true interests behind the political ads they see and the campaigns of the candidates…

Republicans fail to stop debt ceiling increase

WASHINGTON — The Democratic-led Senate on Thursday saw off a Republican bid to stop the US debt ceiling being raised, ensuring that the Obama administration has no repeat of last year’s borrowing stand off. The Republican motion was defeated with 52 voting against to 44 in favor, with government debt…

Ethics probe leak sparks whodunit on Hill

Lawmakers and staffers are puzzled over who leaked the names of three members of Congress who face an ethics probe over discounted loans given by the now-defunct mortgage lender Countrywide, according to The Hill. Four current and former members of the U.S House are under investigation for allegedly receiving special…

Barney Frank to marry partner Jim Ready

Outgoing Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank is preparing for his new role as a married man. NECN reported on Thursday that Frank will tie the knot with his longtime partner, Jim Ready, in a ceremony in Massachusetts. The couple has been together since 2007. “Look, I have a partner now, Jim…

Hillary Clinton hints at plan to step down

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday that after 20 years “on the high wire of American politics,” she’d like to find out how “tired” she really is. Her statement comes on the heels of persistent whispering that she may trade jobs with Vice President Joe Biden ahead of…

No debate tickets? Romney says, ‘just storm in’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is hoping that firing up his own fans will nullify rival Newt Gingrich’s advantage at Thursday night’s debate. At a campaign event in Jacksonville, Florida, Romney joked that supporters without tickets should “just storm in” to the debate at the University of Florida to cheer…

Al Franken promotes marriage equality in new video

While Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) may have once been a comedian, his support for marriage equality is no joke. Franken and his wife Franni appear together in a new video for the Human Rights Campaign in support of same sex marriage rights. “My wife, Franni, and I have been married…

Penguin literally takes a crap on Kentucky Senate

Lawmakers weren’t the only ones doing business on the Kentucky Senate floor on Tuesday. State Senate President Pro Tem Katie Stine (R-Southgate) had brought an African blackfooted penguin named Paula as a part of her presentation for a resolution honoring the Newport Aquarium. “Are we talking about the penguin that…

Activist removed for her own safety after Gingrich crowd turns angry

A former Lake Worth city commissioner was removed from an event featuring Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich in Coral Springs, Florida on Wednesday because authorities feared the candidate’s supporters might turn on her. “Do you work for the people or Freddie Mac?” Cara Jennings shouted, standing about 50 feet from…

Security video shows police lied about Rand Paul’s behavior

If Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was acting “irate” during a recent visit to Nashville International Airport, it certainly hid it very well. After being briefly detained by police officers on Monday, Paul appears to be getting some vindication in the form of a security camera’s video. Although police described him…

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