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Dept. of Transportation allegedly withholding data on domestic drone flights

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday for allegedly withholding records pertaining to the use of unmanned aircraft within the United States. “Drones give the government and other unmanned aircraft operators a powerful new surveillance tool to gather extensive and intrusive…

Republicans move to control Keystone approval

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Republicans, who are urging President Barack Obama to back the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline, are now working on plans to take the reins of approval from the hands of the president should the White House say no. North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, whose state is…

Buffett offers to match Republican donations to pay down deficit

WASHINGTON — U.S. tycoon Warren Buffett has challenged Republicans in Congress to make personal contributions to cut the US deficit, vowing to match their donations dollar-for-dollar. Answering Republican calls for the mega-billionaire to donate money to the US Treasury if he wants to help with deficit reduction, Buffett told Time…

Hundreds rally in U.S. against Guantanamo

WASHINGTON — Ten years after the first “war on terror” inmates arrived at the US-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, hundreds of protesters rallied in Washington on Wednesday, demanding the facility be closed for good. “Ten years too long, ten years too late,” chanted the activists, some in orange prison jumpsuits,…

First Native American lesbian elected to Minnesota House

Susan Allen became the first openly lesbian Native American to be elected to a state legislature after winning a special election in Minnesota on Tuesday night. The Democratic candidate beat her Republican opponent, Nathan Blumenshine, by a 53 percent to 43 percent vote. Allen will replace Democrat Jeffrey Hayden, who…

Romney’s cash conspicuous for a White House hopeful

WASHINGTON — Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney “is probably one of the richest people ever to run for President of the United States” according to his party rival Rick Perry. With an estimated net worth of $250 million, Romney is certainly very wealthy compared with most Americans. And after the biggest…

With eye on Romney, Obama talks jobs

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sought to strike an implicit contrast with his most likely general election foe Mitt Romney on Wednesday, imploring big businesses to bring home US jobs outsourced overseas. Obama gathered consulting professionals and company chiefs at the White House hours after Romney won the New Hampshire…

Poll: More Americans see conflict between rich and poor

More Americans believe there is significantly more class conflict between the rich and poor than two years ago, according to a survey released by the Pew Research Center on Wednesday. The survey found that 66 percent of Americans believe there are “very strong” or “strong” conflicts between the rich and…

Gingrich warns of a ‘speech dictatorship in this country against Christianity’

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Wednesday doubled down on his assertion that “anti-Christian bigotry” was on the rise in the United States. During a debate in New Hampshire on Saturday, the former House Speaker had blasted debate moderators for being unfair to Christians after they asked several questions about…

Scott Walker accused of violating over 1,000 campaign finance laws

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) may have to deal with another controversy, this time over failing to disclose who contributed to him financially. According to a report from the progressive campaign group One Wisconsin Now, Walker violated the state’s campaign finance laws 1,115 times since 2009. Wisconsin law requires that…

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