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In signing anti-abortion bill, Louisiana gov. compares women to criminals

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) signed a bill into law yesterday that requires women’s health clinics to post signage notifying patients of alternatives to abortion. At the signing ceremony, Jindal said he was proud to help make his state one that supports a “culture of life,” adding that women will…

Inhofe insists he’s the victim after nearly killing airport workers

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) is introducing legislation to create a “pilot’s bill of rights” because he feels he was unfairly treated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In October, airport construction workers told the FAA that Inhofe had endangered their lives when he landed on a runway that was clearly…

Casey Anthony to be sentenced for lying about child’s death

ORLANDO, Fla (Reuters) – A Florida judge will decide on Thursday whether Casey Anthony remains behind bars or leaves jail a free woman. Casey was acquitted on Tuesday of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008 but faces possible jail time for lying to police during the investigation. Each of the four…

U.S. soldier still fighting Afghan war at 59

Who says soldiering is a young man’s game? Staff Sergeant Eric Ferguson joined the US army in 1973 and — now approaching his 60th birthday — he is still on active duty, leading distribution convoys through some of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan. Armed with an M4 machine gun,…

Obama puts Social Security, Medicare cuts on the table

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After weeks of impasse, President Barack Obama and top congressional leaders are aiming for “something big” as they resume budget talks on Thursday to avert an imminent default. With Republicans showing new flexibility on taxes, Democrats say Obama will push negotiators to double their target to $4…

Democrats challenge Obama’s Afghan withdrawal plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic lawmakers fed up with the lingering war inAfghanistan launched a new challenge to President Barack Obama’s plan for a measured U.S. troop withdrawal over the next year as they resumed debate on Wednesday on a $649 billion defense spending bill. Democratic members of the House of Representatives proposed a series of…

Treasury secretly weighs options to avert default

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A small team of Treasury officials is discussing options to stave off default if Congress fails to raise the country’s borrowing limit by an August 2 deadline, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Senior officials, including Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, have repeatedly said there are no contingency…

Prison inmates replace unionized workers in Racine, Wisconsin

Prison inmates have replaced union workers in Racine County, Wisconsin, thanks to the changes to the states collective bargaining laws that went into effect at the end of June. The Journal Times reported prison inmates will now be able to do tasks such as landscaping, painting, and shoveling sidewalks in…

Ex-national security advisor warns inequality could lead to unrest

Former National Security Advisor Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Wednesday to discuss how income disparity in the United States could lead to civil unrest. He said civil unrest was likely if the middle class became more severely affected by America’s growing income disparity and economic troubles. “I…

Afghan troop withdrawal to start slowly: U.S. officers

WASHINGTON — A planned US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will start slowly this summer with about 800 soldiers in two Army units due to depart this month, US officers said Wednesday. The military offered the first details of the troop drawdown after President Barack Obama announced in June plans to…

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