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Appeals court rules part of Obama’s health care law unconstitutional

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An appeals court ruled Friday that President Barack Obama’s healthcare law requiring Americans to buy healthcare insurance or face a penalty was unconstitutional, a blow to the White House. The Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, found that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring…

Conservative policy group discovered violating Minnesota lobbying law

The American Legislative Exchange Council, a state legislative group based in D.C., rebuked a recommendation that they should register as lobbyists in Minnesota, The Minnesota Independent reported. “We’re not lobbyists because we don’t lobby, none of our staff are registered lobbyists,” ALEC spokesman Raegan Weber told the Indpendent. “We take…

Top Obama aide fires preemptive broadside at Perry

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama’s top reelection strategist charged Friday that Republican White House hopeful and Texas Governor Rick Perry had “very little to do” with his state’s economic success. “There’s a specific reason that Texas has done so well, and that’s because the oil industry has done so…

Bachmann tries to explain comments about being ‘submissive’

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) faced a tough question Thursday night during the first Republican presidential debates: Why did she say she’s a “submissive” wife? And would she “submit” to her husband, even as President of the United States? “It means respect,” she said. “I respect my husband. He’s a wonderful,…

U.S. serial killer gets death penalty

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A serial killer who kept the decomposing bodies of 11 women in his Ohio home and yard for more than two years was sentenced to the death penalty Friday. Judge Dick Ambrose accepted the jury’s recommendation and ruled that Anthony Sowell’s troubled childhood and mental health issues…

Fla. man arrested after popping zits at McDonalds

A Florida man was arrested this week after customers at a Cape Coral McDonalds restaurant complained that he was standing by an entryway popping pimples on his back, according to a police report cited by local media. When an off-duty officer who was not in uniform confronted Owen Lemire Kato,…

Anti-gay Indiana state rep solicited 18-year-old boy on Craigslist

Indiana state Rep. Phillip Hinkle (R) is embroiled in controversy after The Indianapolis Star discovered emails appearing to solicit the paid company of a young man, sent from Hinkle’s publicly listed email address. In response to a M4M forum Craigslist post, Hinkle emailed the man, named Kameryn Gibson, and offered…

Axelrod: I’ll fire anyone who calls Romney ‘weird’

Senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod said Friday that in the run-up to the 2012 election, mud-slinging would not be the norm. Or weird-slinging, for that matter. Axelrod told The Hill Friday that he would fire any campaign staffer he found to be smearing former Massachusetts governor and GOP 2012…

Scarborough: ‘Michele Bachmann is a joke’

Conservative MSNBC host Joe Scarborough Thursday tore into the base of the Republican Party in Iowa for pushing Michele Bachmann, someone who is “never going to get close winning the presidential nomination.” “Michele Bachmann’s first answer was, I wish the federal government had defaulted,” Scarborough recalled Bachmann saying during Thursday…

Bachmann, Pawlenty clash in heated debate

AMES, Iowa (Reuters) – Republicans Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty clashed repeatedly over their records during a presidential debate on Thursday, two days before they vie for conservative support in a straw poll that could make or break their campaigns. The fierce exchanges between the two Minnesotans highlighted a nationally…

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