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Dempsey confirmed as next top U.S. military officer

Army General Martin Dempsey will become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff after the Senate confirmed his appointment. Dempsey, 59, will replace Admiral Mike Mullen, who has held the post since 2007, as the highest-ranking US military officer at the end of September. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta,…

Republicans to keep Senate in session to block consumer agency nominee

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported on her show Tuesday night that Republicans plan to keep the Senate in session to prevent President Barack Obama from making recess appointments. Obama had hoped to avoid a confirmation battle with Senate Republicans by nominating former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as director of the…

Man arrested after jumping over White House fence

WASHINGTON — An unidentified man jumped the White House fence in an apparent security breach but was quickly stopped by the US Secret Service. Two Secret Service agents on Tuesday cautiously approached the dark-skinned man, who could not immediately be identified, their rifles pointed at him as he lay face…

Tea party headed to Wisconsin to defend Republican state senators

Two prominent tea party groups will begin their four-day “Restoring Common Sense” tour in Wisconsin on Friday to support the Republicans facing recall elections. CNN reported that the Tea Party Nation and Tea Party Express will hold rallies across the state to defend six Republican state senators. “The tea party…

Bryan Fischer praises Gov. Rick Perry for uniting politics and Christianity

Bryan Fischer, the Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy at the American Family Association, on his radio show Monday praised Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry for initiating a Christian prayer summit on August 6 in Houston. Fischer said the United States needs to get back to a…

Author of ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill says his legislation is not dead

Tennessee state Senator Stacey Campfield (R) doesn’t think his bill to limit the teaching of sexuality to “natural reproduction” is dead, contrary to the opinion of Gov. Bill Haslam. Haslam told The City Paper that the bill “didn’t pass and probably is never going to pass.” The legislation would prohibit…

Swiss man charged with U.S. tax fraud conspiracy

WASHINGTON — A Swiss man has been charged with conspiracy to defraud the US government after he allegedly helped clients evade US taxes by stashing their money in Switzerland, justice officials said Tuesday. Martin Lack, a private asset manager who once worked for Swiss banking giant UBS, allegedly helped US…

Police called criminals as New Orleans trial closes

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — Five New Orleans police officers on trial in the shooting deaths of civilians during Hurricane Katrina were portrayed Tuesday in closing arguments as criminals or heroes amid the chaos of disaster. “It was unreasonable for these officers to fire even one shot,” said Assistant US Attorney…

Tea party movement at crossroads after debt deal

WASHINGTON — The US Tea Party stood at a political crossroads Tuesday, split by a vote on raising the US debt limit after fractious negotiations that saw them declared both the big winners and losers. At issue was the role that the young movement, born of anger at the sour…

Wisconsin Dems file complaint over ‘Koch brothers-funded scheme to suppress votes’

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin filed a complaint on Tuesday seeking to stop what it called a Koch brothers-funded scheme to suppress Democratic votes in upcoming Republican recall elections. Politico reported that Americans for Prosperity sent absentee ballots to Democrats in two Wisconsin state Senate recall districts with instructions that…

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