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Biographer: Hacking scandals to be the end of Rupert Murdoch

Michael Wolff, author of the Rupert Murdoch biography “The Man Who Owns the News,” is all but pronouncing the media mogul’s reign to be through. In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Wolff said that the phone hacking scandals that have shaken News Corp. in recent weeks will ultimately lead to…

Gingrich campaign $1 million in debt from private jets, web developers

All candidates for federal office, including presidential hopefuls and those running for Congress, were required to file their second quarter campaign finance paperwork with the Federal Election Commission last Friday. While this sounds like — and is — a bunch of paperwork, for the public, it’s a glimpse into candidates’…

Former Fox News producer claimed network’s ‘Brain Room’ led to phone hacking

A former producer with Fox News claimed in a lengthy essay gaining new traction this week that the conservative television station has a “Brain Room” in its New York headquarters which enables employees to view private telephone records with ease. Though published years ago, the allegations have returned to relevance…

Journo: If 9/11 victims were hacked, ‘Fox News is finished’

In a recent interview with Russia Today, Afshin Rattansi, a Middle Eastern affairs journalist who’s appeared on the BBC, CNN and Bloomberg, said that he believes “Fox News is finished” if U.S. authorities can prove that News Corporation employees attempted to hack into the voicemails of terror attack victims killed…

Fox News host: Romney ‘obviously not a Christian’

A recent Gallup poll had Texas Gov. Rick Perry trailing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 4 percent to 13 percent among Republican voters. But the hosts of Fox & Friends said Sunday that Perry would have an advantage if he decides to get in the race because Romney is “obviously…

Moody’s suggests U.S. eliminate debt ceiling

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ratings agency Moody’s on Monday suggested the United States should eliminate its statutory limit on government debt to reduce uncertainty among bond holders. The United States is one of the few countries where Congress sets a ceiling on government debt, which creates “periodic uncertainty” over the…

Petraeus steps down in Afghanistan

General David Petraeus, the most celebrated military leader of his generation, stepped down as US commander in Afghanistan on Monday after a checkered year at the helm of what is America’s longest war. At a ceremony in Kabul, Petraeus passed the baton to John Allen, a former subordinate who made…

U.S. astronauts somber as shuttle era comes to an end

The Atlantis roars back to Earth this week ending America’s vaunted space shuttle program and frustrating a generation of astronauts who see their chance to soar into the cosmos sharply limited. US astronauts bound for space will now have to hitch a ride on the Russian Soyuz rocket, at more…

Senate plan to avert U.S. debt default takes shape

A bipartisan group of US Senators tried Monday to cobble together a deficit reduction plan that would allow President Barack Obama to avert a potentially catastrophic debt default in return for $1.5 trillion in spending cuts. With two weeks to go until what Obama has termed economic “Armageddon,” the rival…

White House launches challenge to create anti-sexual assault app

The Apple iPhone slogan and refrain of smartphone users worldwide — “there’s an app for that” — will soon be true of sexual assault prevention as well. The White House, the Department of Health and Human Services and Vice President Joe Biden launched a joint challenge that is hoped to…

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