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Federal Communications Commission officially drops ‘fairness doctrine’ from rulebook

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Monday that it had eliminated the fairness doctrine and 83 other “obsolete” provisions from its rulebook. The fairness doctrine required broadcasters to present opposing views of controversial issues and was introduced in 1949, but the FCC stopped enforcing it in 1987. However, the doctrine…

Court sentences Somali pirates to life over yacht attack

WASHINGTON — A US court on Monday sentenced two Somali pirates to life in prison for killing four American hostages after hijacking their yacht off the coast of Oman earlier this year. The life sentences to Ali Abdi Mohamed, 30, and Burhan Abdirahman Yusuf, 31, are the first handed down…

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial opens in Washington, D.C.

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. was opened to the public for the first time on Monday. The 4-acre memorial contains a 30 foot high granite statue of King and sits between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. The dedication will take place…

Michigan impeding low-income voter registration, say voting rights groups

National voting rights groups have accused Michigan of failing to provide low-income residents with a legally-mandated opportunity to register to vote and ignoring other barriers to voting in the state. Attorneys from Demos, Project Vote, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the NAACP have sent a pre-litigation…

NY prosecutors ask judge to drop Strauss-Kahn charges

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York prosecutors asked a judge to dismiss sexual assault charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Monday, a stunning reversal that could revive the political future of a man many had seen as the next president of France. Prosecutors gave up hope they could…

Santorum: Maxine Waters is ‘vile’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum lashed out at Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) Monday, calling her “vile.” At a jobs summit at Inglewood High School Sunday, the congresswoman had said she wasn’t going to back down from her push for job-creation policies. “This is a tough game,” she explained. “You can’t…

Social Security’s disability fund will go broke in 5 years

New congressional estimates show that the account that Social Security disability checks are drawn from will be insolvent by 2017 without intervention, the Associated Press reported. Applications for assistance from the already financially strained program are up 50 percent over the last decade, and cash is dwindling as demand far…

African American support waning for Obama

African American support for Barack Obama is softening amid a sense that the president has ignored the economic travails faced by this once rock-solid pillar of his political base. A Gallup poll last week found Obama’s poll numbers in the African American community down from its once stratospheric 95 percent…

U.S. seeks to boost aid to Libya rebel council

The United States is working with international partners on ways to continue financing the Libyan National Transitional Council as rebel forces take control of Tripoli, a US Treasury official said Monday. But Washington continues to keep frozen about $37 billion in assets of the regime of strongman Moamer Kadhafi and…

Obama: With Gaddafi’s era over, U.S. will be Libya’s ‘partner’

US President Barack Obama pressed Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi to “explicitly” give up power and warned exuberant rebels that their struggles were “not over yet.” “The Libya that you deserve is within your reach,” the president said in a message to Libya’s insurgents, cautioning “there will be huge challenges ahead”…

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