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Analysis: Holder, top DOJ lawyers were partners with big banks

(Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department’s criminal division, were partners for years at a Washington law firm that represented a Who’s Who of big banks and other companies at the center of alleged foreclosure fraud, a Reuters inquiry shows. The firm,…

Obama sings Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’ at the Apollo

If President Barack Obama ever quits his day job, he could have a bright future as a soul singer. The president opened his speech at Harlem’s Apollo Theater Thursday night by channeling Al Green’s 1971 classic tune, Let’s Stay Together. “To know that the Rev. Al Green was here,” Obama…

Romney: I ‘lived in the real streets’

Multimillionaire Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday claimed he was a regular person who “lived in the real streets of America.” During a CNN-sponsored debate in South Carolina, the former Massachusetts governor said that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s “involvement in Washington is a perfect example of why we…

Internet wins: Votes on PIPA/SOPA indefinitely postponed

After vowing to move forward with votes on controversial anti-piracy legislation, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) both announced Friday that the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)  had been postponed indefinitely. “There is no reason that…

Gingrich turns ‘open marriage’ question into attack on CNN

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, who once said “people have every right to ask the tough questions,” launched an attack on CNN Thursday night after they gave him a chance to respond to allegations made by his ex-wife. During the final debate before South Carolina’s Republican primary, moderator John King…

Ohio voters want fracking halted for safety studies: poll

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Ohio voters by a wide margin want a halt to hydrofracking until more impact studies are conducted, though they believe there are economic benefits to drilling for natural gas and oil, a Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday found. The poll comes just weeks after Ohio ordered…

Gingrich blasts media as Republicans clash

Surging Republican White House hopeful Newt Gingrich blasted US media digging into his past marital woes and questioned rival Mitt Romney’s job-creation claims as they clashed in a pivotal debate. Gingrich, Romney, Christian conservative former senator Rick Santorum and veteran Representative Ron Paul fenced against each other and ripped President…

After Internet blackout, all GOP candidates agree SOPA sucks

Following the protests Wednesday that saw dozens of websites go dark in opposition to federal anti-piracy legislation, the four remaining Republican presidential candidate said the U.S. House’s bill would be a disaster for freedom on the Internet. During a debate in South Carolina Thursday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former…

Kucinich proposes public financing to overturn Citizens United ruling

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) introduced a constitutional amendment to the U.S. House on Thursday that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. the Federal Elections Commission. The court held that corporations have the same First Amendment rights as people and that money was a form…

U.S. Army suicides down, sex assaults up

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Thursday the number of suicides in the US Army fell last year for the first time since 2004, but that sexual assaults increased. A report on health issues in the largest branch of the US military said the number of suicides among active service members…

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