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U.S. to postpone deportation of illegal immigrants without criminal records

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Thursday it would postpone the deportation of illegal immigrants without criminal records and allow them to apply for work permits as it reviews over 300,000 cases. The case review would only affect those undocumented immigrants already in line for deportation proceedings, and not the…

U.S. probes Standard & Poor’s role in mortgage crisis

NEW YORK — The US Justice Department is investigating top ratings agency Standard & Poor’s and its practices regarding mortgage securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, The New York Times reported Thursday. According to the paper, the probe began before S&P cut the United States’ sterling AAA credit…

U.S. bond yields hit record low on recession fears

WASHINGTON — US Treasury bond yields plunged Thursday, with the 10-year yield hitting a record low as worries about a new recession in the United States and Europe battered stock markets. The 10-year Treasury yield fell to 1.974 percent, lower than the previous record during the US “Great Recession,” before…

Donald Trump’s candidacy received three times more coverage than Ron Paul’s candidacy

Donald Trump received over three times as much news coverage than Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) this year, according to a report by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. The report found that Trump was featured in 94 campaign stories by 52 major news outlets…

Christine O’Donnell: CNN’s Piers Morgan kept asking about sex

Former Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell told Fox 5 that she walked out of an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan Wednesday because “he would not stop trying to talk about sex” and she was already late for a Republican Women’s event. “Well, first of all, I want to set the…

Elizabeth Warren for Senate exploratory committee goes live

Elizabeth Warren, the consumer advocate and former adviser to President Barack Obama, established an exploratory committee Thursday ahead of declaring herself a 2012 Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate. The site, ElizabethforMA.com, allows users to sign up to receive email updates, recruit their friends via Facebook and make campaign contributions.…

Bachmann claims she worked for the IRS to ‘know’ her ‘enemy’

How radical is Rep. Michele Bachmann? The Minnesota Republican claimed Thursday that she went to work for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), after graduating with a degree in tax law, because it was part of a secret plan to take them down. “I went to work in that system because…

Missouri Lt. Gov. and tea party favorite denies obsession with stripper

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R) continues to defend himself against allegations that he was close with a former stripper and early nineties Penthouse Pet, Tammy Chapman. His most recent defense strategies have involved denial, religion and attempts to smear the publication that first discovered his dirty strip club laundry.…

Study: Cell phone radiation may reduce sperm count

A study published this week (PDF) in the Journal of Andrology claims that prolonged exposure to cellular phone radiation may reduce sperm count and overall reproductive health in male humans and animals. Though the study cautions that much more research is needed, the conclusions are rather stark for male cell…

Tom Coburn: ‘Good thing I can’t pack a gun on the Senate floor’

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) said Thursday that he was only joking when he suggested that he might shoot lawmakers over U.S. financial problems. At a town hall event in Langley, Oklahoma Wednesday, Coburn pushed back on criticism of President Barack Obama and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, placing the blame for…

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