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Stocks rally at day’s end, erasing most of Monday’s major losses

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stocks rallied on Tuesday in a volatile session as investors struggled to decipher the Federal Reserve’s signals on the economy after a dizzying two-week slide. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 429.69 points, or 3.97 percent, at 11,239.54, based on the latest figures. The Standard…

Wisconsin voters express mixed feelings about recall elections

Voters in the western Wisconsin town of Hudson spoke to The UpTake on Tuesday about their feelings regarding the recall election. Six Republican state senators were recalled after supporting Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial “budget repair bill,” which stripped nearly all collective bargaining rights from public employees. One presumably Republican…

Wisconsin Democrats hope for ‘political realignment’ in recall elections

Wisconsin state senate candidate Fred Clark said Tuesday on ABC’s Top Line that the state’s legislature had been “dominated by a very radical agenda” over the last year and that he felt “as good as [he] could feel” about Tuesday’s election. Six Republican state senators were recalled after supporting Republican…

Texas polygamist sentenced to life in prison

The leader of a Texas polygamist sect that saw more than 450 of its children seized in police raid was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for his ‘spiritual marriage’ to two young girls. Warren Jeffs, the spiritual leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, showed…

Obama honors remains of Afghan crash dead

DOVER, Delaware — President Barack Obama made a solemn trip to a Delaware air base Tuesday to honor unidentified remains of 30 US servicemen which were returned home after a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Obama made the unannounced visit after two C-17 military aircraft landed carrying remains of those killed…

Colombian schools permit teaching of native languages

Schools in Colombia have lifted a patchwork ban on the teaching of native languages, leading to a boom in children and adults learning to speak in tongues that have largely been forgotten by most of the population. This video is from Al Jazeera English, broadcast Tuesday, August 9, 2011.…

Nebraska attorney general compares welfare recipients to hungry raccoons

Employing a confusing metaphor initially intended to argue against environmental regulations, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning (R) wound up comparing welfare recipients to raccoons scavenging for insects. Bruning is widely considered among the top contenders to replace Nebraska’s retiring Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson. This video was captured by liberal advocacy…

Obama campaign mulls attacks on Mitt Romney’s religion

President Barack Obama’s advisers consider former governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) their most likely opponent in 2012, according to Ben Smith and Johnathan Martin of Politico. And so, in the words of one anonymous Democratic strategist, they are going to try to “kill” him by borrowing the tactics used by then-President…

Gay ex-NJ Gov. Jim McGreevey mentoring female prisoners

After resigning a governorship, admitting a homosexual affair with a staffer and being denied a priesthood, there’s apparently only one place to go: jail. Jim McGreevey, the former governor of New Jersey who resigned in 2004 after revealing an affair with his homeland security adviser Golan Cipel, is now a…

Texas Rep. tells crowd Obama impeachment ‘needs to happen,’ but fails to say why

A Republican congressman from Texas recently told a gathering of tea party supporters that the impeachment of President Barack Obama “needs to happen,” but when queried as to why, he could not say. The comment comes from Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), a women’s doctor who took office in 2003, stepping…

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