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Indiana welfare drug testing bill withdrawn after lawmakers included

A bill proposed by one Indiana Republican has been withdrawn after its provision to drug test recipients of government largesse was widened to include lawmakers themselves, according to Arthur Delany at The Huffington Post. Republican lawmaker Judd McMillan (R-Brookville) removed the bill from consideration by the Indiana General Assembly after…

Supporters dream, but establishment dreads Gingrich win

His supporters make thousands of campaign calls and blanketFlorida with signs as they dream of Newt Gingrich in the White House, but for many in his Republican Party such a scenario would be nothing short of a nightmare. After the former House speaker’s shock win in South Carolina, morale soared at Newt headquarters in this…

Obama calls for bipartisan cooperation in Congress

US President Barack Obama called Saturday for Democrats and Republicans to cooperate in Congress, saying they should put aside personal ambition to tackle important issues together. “We weren’t sent here to wage perpetual political campaigns against each other,” Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. “We were sent here to serve the American people.…

White House, big banks close to foreclosure fraud settlement

The White House, state attorney generals, and the nation’s big banks are reportedly close to a $25 billion settlement on allegations on foreclosure fraud, according to the Huffington Post. The settlement would be based on homeowners who were either illegally foreclosed on or underwater on their mortgages. Those cases would…

NC GOP lawmaker calls for public hangings, including for abortion providers

A Republican lawmaker from North Carolina is seeking a return to the days of public hangings, according to WRAL-TV. Rep. Larry Pittman delivered an email this week to every member of the state’s General Assembly, describing that hangings needed to be reinstated as a “deterrent to crime,” including those who…

Accused Utah school bomb plotter said inspired by Columbine

ROY, Utah (Reuters) – One of two Utah teenagers accused of plotting to set off a bomb at a school assembly was inspired by the 1999 Columbine massacre in Colorado and visited the high school there to interview its principal, authorities said in court papers released on Friday. The revelations…

Arizona judge bars candidate from seekling office because of English proficiency

PHOENIX (Reuters) – A woman barred from seeking elected office in an Arizona border town by a judge who ruled she did not have a sufficient grasp of English has decided to fight the controversial ruling, and filed an appeal on Friday, her lawyer said. A Yuma County judge disqualified…

Union membership slipped further as attacks came in 2011

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The percentage of workers represented by a union dipped slightly in 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said on Friday, as organized labor came under attack in states once considered union strongholds, including Wisconsin and Ohio. In 2011, 11.8 percent of U.S. workers were represented by a…

Washington state marijuana legalization headed for ballot

(Reuters) – Supporters of legalizing marijuana for recreational use have submitted enough signatures to put the matter to voters in Washington state in a bold move that, if successful, could put Olympia on a collision course with the federal government. The group New Approach Washington submitted nearly 278,000 valid signatures…

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…

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