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Illinois Tea Partier: ‘The President is like a teenage boy’

Congress’ television ambitious Joe Walsh (R-IL) appeared on the air waves again Tuesday morning, slamming President Obama and the Democrats for blaming the Tea Party Republicans for S&P’s downgrade. Interviewed by Bill Hemmer on Fox’s “America Live,” the Illinois Congressman responded to a report of the DCCC targeting House GOP…

Debt deal could be ‘Katrina’ for incumbents in 2012

Anger at the government is at an all-time high, and voter dissatisfaction over their lawmakers bodes ill for candidates. Though the 15 months until the 2012 election may seem like an eternity to some, the old maxim — those who don’t learn from history are bound to repeat it —…

Wisconsin recall election tests Obama’s foes

MADISON, Wisconsin — Voters tilted in favor of Republicans in Wisconsin recall elections that were closely watched for signs of a backlash against Tea Party conservatives in a presidential battleground state, results showed Wednesday. Republican candidates successfully defended four seats in the Wisconsin state senate in Tuesday’s elections, retaining control…

Tea Party wonders if Rick Perry walks the walk

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rick Perry has been widely touted as a Republican presidential candidate who could appeal Tea Party voters, but some in the anti-tax movement wonder if his record as Texas governor stacks up to his rhetoric. After all, they say, there are reasons to think he’s a spendthrift. He once…

Grand jury indicts U.S. private in Fort Hood plot

WACO, Texas (Reuters) – A Texas grand jury on Tuesday indicted an Army private accused of plotting to kill soldiers from the Fort Hoodmilitary base with a homemade bomb, setting the stage for a trial. Naser Jason Abdo, 21, is charged with planning an attack on a restaurant frequented by soldiers…

Capital One Buys HSBC credit card for $33 billion

HONG KONG (Reuters) - HSBC is selling its U.S. credit card arm to Capital One Financial Corp in a $32.7 billion deal as Europe’s top bank streamlines its mammoth operations. It marks the second major deal in the United States for cards specialist Capital One, which said it was paying a $2.6…

States benefit by lowering prison terms: ACLU

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Six U.S. states that reduced incarceration rates by focusing on parole or probation instead of prison time have cut costs without increasing crime rates, according to a report released on Tuesday. The report by the American Civil Liberties Union highlights Texas, Mississippi, Kansas, South Carolina, Kentucky and Ohio…

Three arrested over fake bomb at Phoenix airport

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Three African refugees were arrested after one tried to board a flight at a Phoenix airport with a fake bomb, in what may have been a test of security, police said on Tuesday. Luwiza Daman, 51, was taken into custody at Sky Harbor Airport on Friday after security screeners noticed what appeared to…

Asian ‘phoenix’ lived with the dinosaurs

Palaeontologists said on Wednesday they had found the fossilised remains of a giant bird that lived in Central Asia more than 65 million years ago, a finding which challenges theories about the diversity of early birds. The creature may have been taller than an ostrich if it had been flightless and, if it…

Scientists predict eruption of undersea volcano

US scientists said Tuesday they have for the first time successfully predicted the eruption of one of the world’s most active undersea volcanoes off the coast of the western state of Oregon. Scientists from Oregon and New York have been monitoring Axial Seamount, 250 miles (400 kilometers) out to sea, since…

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