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US Jews urge Castro to free contractor

American Jews urged Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday to release a US contractor “on humanitarian grounds” after the communist island’s highest court upheld a 15-year sentence. In his appeal, Elan Steinberg, vice president of The American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors & Their Descendants, noted that Alan Gross has…

Abu Ghraib abuser Charles Graner released from prison

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The soldier who orchestrated abuses of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison was released on Saturday after serving more than six years in a Kansas military prison barracks, a U.S. Army spokeswoman said. Charles Graner, 42, was released from the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth at about…

Obama calls for end to bickering after credit rating loss

The White House on Saturday called for an end to the political gridlock blamed for the first-ever US credit rating downgrade as allies voiced confidence in the world’s largest economy. Standard & Poor’s cut the US rating for the first time in history Friday, by one notch from its top-flight…

Wisconsin GOP official resigns after drunken crash with kids in car

Columbia County Republican Party chair Amber Hahn resigned on Friday after drunkenly crashing a car carrying herself and her three children, according to The Wisconsin State Journal. Hahn, 35, crashed her car Thursday night while driving drunk. No other vehicles were involved and fortunately no one was injured. Police were…

TX Gov. Perry prays for America at controversial rally

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry, expected to enter the Republican race for the White House within weeks, offered a prayer for America on Saturday at a controversial religious rally that put the spotlight on his Christian faith. Perry, who has made his religious beliefs a big part of…

Mystery million dollar Romney donor revealed

The individual behind the shell company W Spann LLC, which formed long enough to donate a million dollars to the Mitt Romney presidential campaign then disappeared, has been revealed to be Ed Conrad, a former executive at Bain Capital, the investment firm Romney helped found in 1984. Talking Points Memo…

SEAL Team 6, unit that killed Osama bin Laden, died in helicopter crash: AP

The Associated Press reported that the majority of the 31 American troops killed Saturday when the Taliban shot down a military helicopter over Afghanistan were members of SEAL Team 6, the elite team that killed Osama bin Laden in May. Afghan President Hamid Karzai delivered news of the 38 total…

Tea party leader compares Wisconsin liberals to Nazi stormtroopers

Wisconsin’s political turmoil continues, and with the August 9 recall elections of six Republican state senators just days away, the rhetoric is hotter than ever. At a recent state fair, many progressive activists showed up wearing red shirts to protest Gov. Scott Walker (R). Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips,…

Bachmann releases list of 100+ faith-based endorsements

While Texas Gov. Rick Perry conducts a National Day of Prayer in the Lone Star State, Republican presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) continues to reach out to faith leaders in Iowa. Bachmann has spoken at a different church in the politically important early primary state every Sunday, and yesterday…

WATCH LIVE: Rick Perry’s National Day of Prayer in Texas

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is holding a National Day of Prayer at Reliant Stadium in Houston Saturday. Some see the controversial event as an attempt to claim some limelight ahead of declaring a bid for the GOP’s 2012 nomination for the presidency. Progressive groups have called the event “inappropriate.”…

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