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Secret Service takes guns, handcuffs from Kansas birther threatening Obama

A Kansas birther, who publicly announced that he was planning a citizen’s arrest of President Barack Obama, was told Monday by the Secret Service that he would be arrested if he came near the president. Neil Jednoralski claimed that he contacted Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the Kansas Highway…

Gingrich may miss key Ohio filing deadline

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) may be the Republican Party’s leading candidate for their presidential nomination, but that doesn’t mean his campaign has the organization it needs to win. In perhaps a sign of things to come, Gingrich is on track to miss today’s 4 p.m. filing deadline for…

Romney: ‘I don’t have a political career’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has run for public office no less than four times over a period of almost 20 years, denied Wednesday that he had a “political career.” “I can tell you this: The best hope you have that I will be able to change Washington is…

Blagojevich sentenced to 14 years in prison

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. Before the verdict, Blagojevich admitted to U.S. District Judge James Zagel that he was guilty, according to The Chicago Sun Times. “I never set out…

HHS keeps age restrictions for morning-after pill

WASHINGTON — US regulators rejected Wednesday a drug company’s request to make emergency contraception available over the counter to consumers of all ages instead of by prescription. US Food and Drug Administration chief Margaret Hamburg sent a letter to reporters explaining she supports the move to allow the morning-after pill…

Mumia Abu-Jamal will not face death penalty

Almost 30 years after after being sentenced to die for the killing of a white police officer, former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal is getting a slight reprieve. According to the Associated Press, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced his decision Wednesday, with slain Officer Daniel Faulkner’s widow standing next to…

Texas mom shoots kids, kills self after being denied food stamps

A Texas woman’s trip to the welfare office ended in tragedy Tuesday when she shot her two children and then turned the gun on herself after being denied food stamps. Authorities in Laredo said that 38-year-old Rachelle Grimmer killed herself during a seven-hour standoff with police. Her children, 10 year-old…

Fire dept. watches home burn because family didn’t pay fee

Firefighters in one Tenn. county watched this week as a family’s home burned to the ground, refusing to take action to save the structure because the residents had not paid their yearly $75 fee. Homeowner Vicky Bell told a reporter with NBC affiliate station Local 6 WPSD that she immediately…

Bank’s leaked email admits ‘Occupy’ movement ‘could impact our industry’

A national effort to reclaim vacant properties has one of the country’s largest lenders scrambling. The financial website Zero Hedge has allegedly obtained a memo from Bank of America’s field services operation warning, “We need to make sure we are all prepared.” Vocal New York organizer Sean Barry told Raw…

FBI policy group votes to expand definition of ‘rape’

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Criminal Justice Advisory Policy Board voted on Tuesday to expand the definition of “rape,” after activists bombarded them with thousands of emails insisting that the original, 1929 definition is too narrow. The change is not official, however: agency director Robert Mueller still has to…

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