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Rep. Dennis Kucinich: We need Obama to be FDR

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) appeared Thursday night on Current TV’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, guest hosted by David Shuster, to discuss job creation in the United States. Kucinich said America needed President Barack Obama “to be FDR.” “We need him to come forward and say, ‘I see the great misery…

Rep. Steve King blasts Rick Perry for ‘stepping on’ Ames Straw Poll

Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa took issue with Texas Gov. Rick Perry “strategic” decision to announce his presidency on the same day as the Ames Straw Poll, wondering if the governor thinks Iowans are “a bunch of country bumpkins?” “Rick Perry has strategically decided he’s going to try to…

Fox News host booed at Republican presidential debate

It may not be clear which candidate won the Republican presidential candidate in Iowa Thursday, but Fox News host Chris Wallace might be the obvious loser. Wallace found himself being booed by a crowd that didn’t appreciate the relatively tough questions he posed to Newt Gingrich. “Speaker Gingrich, one of…

Oklahoma lawmaker wants drug testing for welfare recipients

Following similar legislation passed in Florida and Missouri, Republican Rep. Guy Liebmann of Oklahoma City has announced he will introduced a bill in 2012 that would require drug testing for anyone seeking temporary government assistance. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) and Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) both signed legislation this…

WATCH LIVE: Republican presidential debate

Eight Republican presidential candidates debate in Iowa. Watch this live video from Fox News, broadcast Aug. 11, 2011.…

Appeals court upholds Arizona abortion restrictions

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled in a unanimous 3 to 0 decision Thursday that abortion restrictions signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer in 2009 do not impose an undue burden on a woman’s constitutional right to choose, according to the Associated Press. The restrictions forbid anyone but a…

Perry: Another Texas governor who would be president

MIAMI — Rick Perry, George W. Bush’s successor as Texas governor, was expected to make his 2012 White House run official on Saturday — touting his state’s robust job growth as a model for the struggling US economy. Perry, who polls show running a close second behind Republican front-runner and…

U.S. Postal Service plans to cut staff by 20 percent: report

WASHINGTON — The US Postal Service plans to slash its workforce by 20 percent, eliminating 120,000 jobs by 2015 as it struggles to stay solvent, The Washington Post reported late Thursday. The newspaper, citing internal documents, said the Postal Service’s plan is in addition to the 100,000 other jobs it…

Debt ‘supercommittee’ ready for action

WASHINGTON — Top US House of Representatives Democrat Nancy Pelosi on Thursday appointed three close allies to a “supercommittee” tasked with finding at least $1.2 trillion in deficit cuts over ten years. Pelosi’s naming of Democratic Representatives James Clyburn, Xavier Becerra, and Chris Van Hollen brought to full strength the…

First death by vampire bat in U.S.

WASHINGTON — A teenager from Mexico became the first person in the United States to die after being bitten by a vampire bat and infected with rabies, US health authorities said on Thursday. The 19-year-old man was a migrant farm worker who had been bitten on the heel by a…

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