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‘Anonymous’ hacks personal info of Oakland officials

Oakland’s top officials — including mayor Jean Quan — became the latest targets of the hacking group “Anonymous” Tuesday morning. According to ABC affiliate KGO-TV, “Anonymous” has released the personal information of of city officials, including Mayor Quan, the city council, the city administrator and the police chief. City officials’…

‘Charlie McAwesome’ glitter bombs Ron Paul

A man going by the name “Charlie McAwesome” made it official Monday night: every remaining Republican presidential frontrunner has been glitter bombed. At a campaign event in Minneapolis, “McAwesome” doused Texas Congressman Ron Paul with sparkly particles as he was leaving the stage, according to City Pages. “Housing and healthcare…

Axelrod suggests White House could back down on birth control

A top adviser to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign suggested on Tuesday that the administration was open to working with Catholic hospitals and universities over their objections to providing birth control services to women. “I’m less concerned about the messaging of this than to find a resolution that makes sense,”…

Komen lobbyist Karen Handel resigns

Karen Handel, a top lobbyist for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation, has resigned following the group’s decision to restore funding to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), according to The Associated Press. Handel was the former Republican attorney general of Georgia. She ran for…

Romney: Komen ‘wrong’ to fund Planned Parenthood’s breast cancer screenings

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says that it’s “wrong” for organizations like Susan G. Komen for the Cure to fund Planned Parenthood’s breast cancer screenings for poor women. During an interview with conservative radio host Scott Hennen on Monday, Romney said he disagreed with the Komen Foundation reversing their earlier…

In campaign u-turn, Obama embraces super PACS

In a key twist to the 2012 election, US President Barack Obama has reversed course and will encourage rich Democratic donors to back a fund that can raise unlimited millions for his reelection bid. Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina said Obama would allow cabinet members and senior advisors to address big money events, reasoning that Democrats…

BP swings into huge profit before U.S. criminal trial

BP returned to profit with a bang last year, posting net earnings of $23.9 billion on Tuesday as the British energy giant prepares for a criminal trial linked to the US Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster. BP announced adjusted profit after tax equivalent to 18.2 billion euros for 2011, as higher oil…

LGBT activist interrupts Gingrich speech in Minnesota

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was interrupted by LGBT activists while he was giving a campaign speech in Minnesota. “Hey Newt, why do you support discrimination against gays and lesbians all the time?” a young man yelled at Gingrich. The crowd at the event responded with loud boos and began…

Long primary battle could help Romney build support

EDINA, Minnesota — A drawn-out fight for the Republican nomination could work to frontrunner Mitt Romney’s advantage if he uses it to develop his campaign structure in swing states key to beating President Barack Obama in November. That’s what happened in 2008, when Obama built a formidable organization that registered…

Senate sends union-busting aviation funding bill to Obama

WASHINGTON — The US Senate on Monday adopted a bill to fund the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), sending it to President Barack Obama despite a provision angrily opposed by Democrats’ labor-union allies. The Democratic-led chamber voted 75-20 to approve the measure, which had cleared the Republican-held House on Friday by…

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