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Obama to pitch lower corporate tax

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, who has angered businesses with his plans to close corporate tax loopholes, is expected to call for cutting the top 35 percent corporate tax rate as early as this month, according to two sources close to the administration. The president is likely to propose…

American kids of immigrants denied food stamps in Alabama

A civil rights law firm based in Alabama says that children who are U.S. citizens from at least five families have been denied food stamps because their parents are undocumented immigrants. Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) Legal Director Mary Bauer confirmed to Raw Story that Alabama’s Department of Human Services…

Officer accuses U.S. military of vast Afghan deception

An internal report on the occupation of Afghanistan, penned by an active-duty military officer and published weeks ago — but not released by the Pentagon — was leaked on Friday by Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings, who called the 84-page examination “one of the most significant documents published by an…

Callista Gingrich: Newt likes me to play the ‘French horn’

Callista Gingrich told Republicans on Friday that they should get behind her husband’s presidential campaign because he was the type of person who supported her playing the “French horn.” During her introduction of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at the the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Callista shared a few…

Romney: ‘I can’t wait to get my hands on Washington’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Friday tried to convince attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to vote for him by reminding them of his “severely conservative” record, including preventing Massachusetts from becoming “the Las Vegas of gay marriage.” “History will record the Obama presidency as last gasp…

Native American tribe files $500 million suit against big beer brewers

(Reuters) – A Native American Indian tribe has filed suit against some top beer makers, as well as a handful of retailers and distributors, claiming they have knowingly contributed to “crippling” alcoholism rates on a reservation in South Dakota. The suit, filed by the Oglala Sioux tribe, alleges the defendants…

Cop allegedly pulled gun on pregnant woman over too many grocery items

Police in Kendall County, Illinois said Friday that they were investigating whether an off-duty officer drew his firearm and pointed it at a pregnant woman because she had more items than Walmart recommends for self-checkout lanes. Nicole Thurmond and husband Jason were reportedly checking out recently at a Walmart store…

Conservatives unconvinced by Obama’s birth control compromise

In the wake of the Obama Administration’s announcement that it would accommodate religious employers’ objections to providing birth control coverage by exempting them from paying for it, conservatives at CPAC and elsewhere pronounced themselves entirely unswayed by the Administration’s efforts. “Nothing’s free,” said John Marlin of Human Life International, an…

Occupy arrest reveals new tactic for Oakland police

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Police in Oakland, California, have made their first arrest of an anti-Wall Street protester accused of defying one of about a dozen “stay-away” orders issued to protesters barred by a court from returning to the group’s favorite gathering spot. The arrest of Joseph Briones, taken into…

Hedge fund manager charged with insider trading

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A California-based hedge fund manager surrendered to FBI agents on insider-trading charges on Friday, an FBI spokesman in New York said. The FBI spokesman said an indictment would be unsealed later on Friday in federal court in New York outlining the charges against Doug Whitman, the…

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