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NY police chief apologizes for ‘inflammatory’ anti-Muslim film

New York police chief Ray Kelly apologized for what he said was an “inflammatory” film about Muslims that was shown to hundreds of police officers at a training facility. The film, “The Third Jihad,” featured a brief interview with the police commissioner and claimed to portray the threat posed to…

Former Boston Mayor Kevin White dies at 82

(Reuters) – Former Boston Mayor Kevin White, who led the city for 16 years and shepherded it through a period of racial tension and court-ordered school desegregation, died on Friday at age 82. White, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2003, died at his Boston home, family spokesman George…

Watchdog group calls for federal investigation of Romney’s financial disclosure

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has called on the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) to refer Mitt Romney to the Department of Justice for having filled an inaccurate campaign disclosure form last year. In a letter (pdf) sent on Friday to the acting director of the OGE, the…

Polls show Gingrich falling behind Romney in Florida

MIAMI (Reuters) – Newt Gingrich struggled to regain momentum in the Republican presidential race on Friday as two new polls showed him falling behind rival Mitt Romney, who was seen as the winner of the final debate before the Florida primary. The White House contenders courted Florida’s sizable Hispanic vote,…

Sources say Ron Paul signed off on racist newsletters

Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul has consistently denied having written — or even read — the inflammatory racist and anti-gay remarks that went out under his name in newsletters he published in the early 1990s. Although numerous associates agree that Paul does not hold racist views, however, it appears that…

White House announces investigation of subprime mortgage fraud

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced Friday a new inquiry to investigate fraud in the mortgage-backed securities market, whose billion-dollar implosion helped trigger the global financial crisis. Attorney General Eric Holder will head the working group of 55 lawyers, investigators and analysts from the Justice Department and other federal and…

Tony Perkins: Star Wars ‘surrenders to gay empire’

An evangelical leader is calling on his army of followers to take action against a software company for allowing same sex relationships to be represented in a new Star Wars video game. Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council — a hate group, according the the Southern Poverty Law…

Walker insider said to be readying testimony

A former aide to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) will testify against her former colleagues after officials filed charges of illegal campaign activity while working on taxpayer time, local media has learned. Darlene Wink, a 61-year-old former public employee charged on Thursday with two misdemeanor counts of political solicitation by…

Park Service: ‘Occupy D.C.’ to be evicted on Monday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Park Service will bar Occupy DC protesters from camping in the two parks where have been living since October, in a blow to one of the highest-profile chapters of the movement denouncing economic inequality. The Occupy DC protesters must stop camping in McPherson Square and…

Mayor besieged by thousands of tacos after racist remark

When recently asked about his support for Latino rights, the mayor of East Haven, Connecticut said that he “might have some tacos” for dinner. Little did he know, a local group of activists would be happy to take him up on that. Days later, 500 tacos showed up at Mayor…

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