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Navy veteran and former contractor suing Rumfeld for alleged torture

Navy veteran and former contractor Donald Vance is suing former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld over the torture he alleges he suffered in Iraq when he was held by the U.S. military at Camp Cropper in Baghdad for 97 days. He says that when he went to Iraq in 2004,…

Navy veteran and former contractor suing Rumfeld for alleged torture

Navy veteran and former contractor Donald Vance is suing former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld over the torture he alleges he suffered in Iraq when he was held by the U.S. military at Camp Cropper in Baghdad for 97 days. He says that when he went to Iraq in 2004,…

Standard & Poor’s downgrades U.S. debt rating

Despite an earlier report from CNN that the Obama administration had successfully challenged the model used by Standard & Poor to justify downgrading the credit of the United States, the rating agency has gone ahead with the change, lowering the U.S. from AAA to AA+. A statement released by S&P…

U.S. said to be bracing for debt rating downgrade

Update: Rating agency said to be ‘reconsidering’ plan to lower U.S. debt rating According to ABC White House correspondent Jake Tapper, an anonymous government official has told ABC News that the Obama administration is “expecting and preparing for” a downgrade of its debt rating from AAA to AA or AA+…

‘Rent Is Too Damn High’ candidate faces eviction from rent-controlled apartment

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Apparently, his rent is too damn low. Jimmy McMillan, the 2010 New York gubernatorial candidate who founded the Rent Is Too Damn High Party, says his landlord is trying to kick him out of his rent-controlled apartment in the trendy East Village of Manhattan in order…

Voter ID law to cost Wisconsin DMV an extra $6 million

Fiscal responsibility has been a battle cry for Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, but his voter photo ID law is going to cost the state big bucks. After passing the new law, Walker had tried to close at least 10 Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) offices — allegedly in Democratic…

Kerry to the media: Stop giving equal time to every ‘absurd notion’

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) thinks the media made a big mistake by devoting equal time to every “absurd notion” during the debt ceiling debate. “And I have to tell you, I say this to you politely,” Kerry told MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Friday. “The media in America has a bigger responsibility…

Poll: Tea party support shrinks by half since 2010 elections

A CBS/New York Times poll released Friday (PDF) shows that support for the tea party, the arch-conservative wing of the Republican party, has been cut virtually in half since the 2010 elections, even as their elected representatives seem to be growing in clout. The survey’s historical data shows that tea…

Jury finds five New Orleans police guilty of post-Katrina shootings

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – A federal jury found four New Orleans police officers guilty on Friday in connection to the shooting deaths of civilians in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and a subsequent cover-up. The jury stopped short of calling the shootings murder, declining to convict on accusations that the killings were intentional.…

Protesters shout down Gov. Walker at Wisc. state fair

Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s controversial Republican governor, tried yesterday to give a speech to open this year’s state fair: tried, being the key word. As he took the stage to speak, a large crowd of protesters began chanting “Change! Change! Change!” and “Recall Walker,” generating enough noise that his speech was…

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