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U.S. soldier in WikiLeaks case to get his day in court

WASHINGTON — A year and a half after his arrest, Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of turning hundreds of thousands of classified US documents over to WikiLeaks, gets his first day in court on Friday. Manning, who turns 24 on Saturday, is scheduled to appear at a preliminary military…

Rep. West: Goebbels would be proud of Democrat ‘propaganda machine’

Rep. Allen West (R-FL) said Thursday that Nazi Party Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels would be “very proud” of the Democratic Party’s ability to spread its message. “If Joseph Goebbels was around, he’d be very proud of the Democrat Party because they have an incredible propaganda machine,” West told reporters, according…

Gingrich: Abolish ‘anti-American’ Ninth Circuit judges

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich declared Thursday that he would work to abolish federal judges if he didn’t agree with their “anti-American” or “dictatorial” rulings. At a GOP debate in Sioux City, Iowa, Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly noted that at least two conservative former attorneys general had blasted Gingrich’s…

Congress reaches deal to avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers clinched a deal to avoid a government shutdown that could have further undermined public confidence in American leaders, congressional sources said. Negotiators from the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and the Democrat-dominated Senate agreed to allow a vote by Friday on a $1 trillion bill that would…

Perry: ‘I’m the Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry on Thursday did his best to pander to evangelical voters in Iowa with several references to Tim Tebow, an NFL quarterback for the Denver Broncos who is credits God for his recent streak of wins. “I’m kind of getting where I like these debates,” Perry…

Shots fired at Chinese consulate in LA: police

LOS ANGELES — Shots were fired at the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles on Thursday, but no one was injured, police said, adding that an Asian suspect was being sought. The Los Angeles Times newspaper reported that the shooting occurred after a scuffle between protesters outside the building and a…

Tea Party Patriots co-founder arrested for handgun at airport

Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, was arrested Thursday at New York’s LaGuardia Airport and faces up to 15 years in prison for illegally traveling with a handgun. He presented a locked gun box to a Delta Airlines employee during a preflight check-in, which contained a Glock 27…

Obama raps Republican ‘lurch’ to extremes

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama has complained that Republicans see “compromise” as a dirty word, in an interview aired as his aides pressed for a deal in Congress on ending the latest political standoff. Obama told ABC News in an interview, parts of which were to be broadcast Thursday,…

Victoria’s Secret to probe child labor claims

WASHINGTON — US lingerie maker Victoria’s Secret on Thursday vowed to investigate claims that some of its fair-trade underwear is produced using child labor. In a statement Victoria’s Secret’s parent company said it was “very concerned” that fair-trade-certified cotton used in its panties could have been farmed using under-aged labor…

SEC appeals Citigroup settlement

NEW YORK — The US Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday appealed a court ruling which had blocked a deal to fine Citigroup $285 million on the grounds the regulator had let the bank off too lightly. The SEC said the judge’s call for Citigroup to be forced to admit…

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