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Poll suggests Americans starting to blame GOP for gridlock

A new AP-GfK poll contains some bad news for the Republican Party. Americans may be thoroughly disgusted with Congress — whose approval is down to an all-time low of 12% — but they increasingly blame the Republicans more than the Democrats for the legislative body’s failures. According to Justin Sink…

Missouri judge blocks teacher-student Facebook ban

KANSAS CITY, Mo (Reuters) – A Missouri judge on Friday blocked a pending state law that would prevent teachers and students from communicating privately over the Internet on social media sites such as Facebook. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem agreed to a request by the Missouri State Teachers…

State Department endorses oil sands pipeline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A proposed $7 billion Canada-to-Texas pipeline cleared a major obstacle on Friday with the release of U.S. State Department review that suggested it would have limited environmental impact. The report found that the Keystone XL pipeline by itself would not likely boost output of Alberta’s oil sands…

As some New Yorkers evacuate, others head for the beach

ROCKAWAY BEACH, New York — More than 200,000 New Yorkers are under orders to flee a once-in-a-century hurricane, but many in the famed City That Never Sleeps are brushing aside danger — and heading to the beach. Hours after Mayor Mike Bloomberg ordered the evacuation from the low-lying Rockaway Beach,…

Glenn Beck: Hurricane Irene is a ‘blessing’

As most of the East Coast hunkers down to wait for Hurricane Irene, radio host Glenn Beck wants them to see the storm as a blessing. “Warning! Warning! We are headed for global disruption in food,” Beck proclaimed on Friday. “I asked you two weeks ago, how many warnings do…

Glenn Beck: Hurricane Irene is a ‘blessing’

As most of the East Coast hunkers down to wait for Hurricane Irene, radio host Glenn Beck wants them to see the storm as a blessing. “Warning! Warning! We are headed for global disruption in food,” Beck proclaimed on Friday. “I asked you two weeks ago, how many warnings do…

Bernanke: It’s Congress’s turn to act on economy

JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (Reuters) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Friday stopped short of detailing further action to boost the U.S. recovery but said the central bank would consider what more it could do to fight high unemployment, giving some comfort to investors. Bernanke said the Fed had marked…

New MLK memorial misquotes King

The new memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, D.C. is carved from massive chunks of granite, but a misquote chiseled into the side of the memorial also proves to be weighty. On the right side of the monument, the quote “I was a drum major for justice, peace…

Texas Supreme Court upholds ‘pole tax’ on lap dances

The Texas Supreme Court ruled (PDF) Friday that a $5 tax on nude dancing is constitutional because it does not place a fee on free expression. In their unanimous decision, the court said that the approximately 150 strip clubs in the state must abide by the tax. An appeals court…

Muslim community survey planned as rights groups question NYPD’s CIA ties

The connections between the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), revealed by an investigative report published this week by The Associated Press, are coming under heavy fire by a coalition of civil rights groups, who are demanding the city council immediately investigate the department. “Despite…

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