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Perry under fire over veiled Bernanke threat

WASHINGTON — Republican White House hopeful and Texas Governor Rick Perry faced disbelieving and angry reactions Tuesday to remarks seen as threats of implied violence against Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke. At a campaign stop in the heartland state of Iowa on Monday, Perry said he would consider any attempt…

Prosser choking tussle gets special prosecutor

A special prosecutor has been assigned to further investigate a June incident in which Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser allegedly grabbed fellow judge Ann Walsh Bradley around the neck in a choke hold while the two argued in chambers. Patricia Barrett, the Republican Sauk County District Attorney, will be…

WATCH LIVE: President Obama speaks at Rural Economic Forum

President Barack Obama was scheduled to speak at the Rural Economic Forum in Peosta, Iowa Tuesday as a part of a his 3-day, 3-state bus tour. Watch this video from The White House, broadcast Aug. 16, 2011. JOIN THE LIVE CHAT VISIT WHITEHOUSE.GOV…

What is ‘corporate personhood’ and why does it matter?

In his broadcast Monday night, Russia Today’s liberal talk show host Thom Hartmann explained the history of how the legal theory of corporate personhood came to exist, and why you should care. “This is what we need to return to: re-regulate the corporations and say, ‘Sorry, you are not people,…

Wisconsin teachers’ union blames Walker’s ‘union-busting’ for massive layoffs

The largest teachers’ union in Wisconsin is blaming Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s “union-busting legislation” for layoffs that will result in a 40 percent reduction in union staff. Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) executive director Dan Burkhalter told reporters Monday that the staff layoffs were necessary due to a projected loss…

Former S.C. Gov: ‘I Didn’t Properly Love My Wife’

Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford (R) appeared on CNN Monday night, expressing regret over the affair that ended his marriage. “You don’t want to disappoint anybody,” Sanford told host Piers Morgan. “You know that you’ve let a lot of people down. There’s something sacred about a family unit. Anything…

Former S.C. Gov: ‘I Didn’t Properly Love My Wife’

Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford (R) appeared on CNN Monday night, expressing regret over the affair that ended his marriage. “You don’t want to disappoint anybody,” Sanford told host Piers Morgan. “You know that you’ve let a lot of people down. There’s something sacred about a family unit. Anything…

UPDATED: Paul Ryan has no free, in-person town halls scheduled this recess

In what appears to be an effort to avoid the free-for-all town halls that have plagued recent contentious congressional recesses, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and other Republican members of Congress have chosen to charge admission to their home-district appearances. Ryan will speak September 6 to the Whitnall Park Rotary Club…

Probe to examine two years worth of DARPA contracts

A published report this week confirmed that the Pentagon is launching a probe that will look at the last two years worth of contracts handed out by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to ensure there are no conflicts of interest or wasteful spending. The decision was made, a…

‘Tar baby’ lawmaker bans protests at his office

The Republican U.S. Representative from Colorado who compared President Barack Obama to a “tar baby” has implemented a no-protesting rule at his Colorado Springs office. During a radio interview late last month, Rep. Doug Lamborn said that Republicans shouldn’t participate in debt ceiling negotiations with the president because they would…

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