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RNC seeks to overturn ban on direct corporate donations to candidates

Emboldened by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, the Republican National Committee (RNC) is seeking to increase the influence corporations have over funding American politics. In a brief filed Tuesday afternoon to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the RNC is seeking to overturn a 1908 law banning corporations from…

TSA defends calling cupcake a ‘security threat’

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says it was right to confiscate a cupcake late last year because terrorists are creating “novel explosives disguised as common, everyday items.” In a posting on “The TSA Blog” Monday, Bob Burns wrote that the red velvet cupcake confiscated from Rebecca Haines, a 35-year-old university…

Bloomberg proposes alcohol restrictions in New York City

If Mayor Michael Bloomberg has his way, getting a drink in New York City is going to get a little bit harder. The New York Post reported on Wednesday that the city Health Department wants to cut the number of establishments that sell alcohol as a part of their Partnership…

Michelle Obama tired of being portrayed as an ‘angry black woman’

First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday denied accusations that she had not gotten along with her husband’s former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor’s new book “The Obamas” charges that the first lady believed the president’s advisers were “insular, disorganized” and “not careful planners.” “Rahm…

GOP Rep. claims Congress not in recess, vows post-recess action

A Republican Congresswoman from Tennessee really stepped in it this week. Leading the charge for Republicans against President Barack Obama’s recent recess appointments, Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) issued a press release on Tuesday castigating the allegedly unconstitutional picks and insisting that “Congress was not in fact in recess.” But three…

Anti-abortion forces sends kids, teddies to Ohio capital to lobby for abortion bill

Taking a page from Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”, anti-abortion forces from Ohio enlisted 50 school-age children on Tuesday and an equal number of slightly creepy teddy bears in their effort to convince the state Senate to pass a so-called fetal heartbeat bill. The bears, advocates said, played a…

Four killed as U.S. drone strikes resume in Pakistan

The deadly US drone campaign in Pakistan’s tribal zone resumed with a missile strike that killed four militants, two months after aNATO raid that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. The CIA campaign had reportedly been suspended to avoid worsening relations between the United States and Pakistan after the deadly November 26 incident, which eroded even more…

Buying up crime souvenirs, a growing U.S. market

The calculator used by the Virginia Tech student killer is up for sale on the Internet along with a lock of hair snipped from notorious assassin Charles Manson and letters from several serial killers. The market for buying grisly souvenirs linked to infamous crimes is growing in the United States, with a half-dozen websites sharing…

LA votes to force porn actors to wear condoms

Los Angeles city lawmakers voted to require porn actors to wear condoms on set, the latest move in a battle between AIDS activistsand the California-based US adult film industry. In a vote which must be confirmed next week, the City Councilapproved by 11 to 1 an ordinance to enforce the condom requirement and…

Swearing and nudity: Supreme Court eyes indecency

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court questioned whether battling indecency made sense in these times, in a case involving blurted broadcasting of curse words, and TV series’ bare buttocks shots. Justices reviewing the case were vocally divided. Some insisted on keeping regulation in place while others stressed that the vast…

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