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Obama mocks House resolution, says God backs jobs plan

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama Wednesday said even God wanted to put Americans back to work, invoking divine blessing for his joust with Republicans over measures designed to slice into high unemployment. Obama also taunted his foes with historic arguments in favor of repairing vital infrastructure once made by conservative…

Obama regains top spot in Forbes most powerful list

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama has regained the top spot in Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s most powerful people, edging out Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and last year’s winner, Chinese President Hu Jintao, who slipped down to third. Obama, who topped the list in 2009 only to…

New Hampshire to hold primaries January 10

NEW YORK — New Hampshire will hold its presidential primary elections on January 10, maintaining its first-in-the-nation primary status, state officials said Wednesday. Part of the first round of voting that will see Iowa hold its caucuses a week earlier on January 3, the primaries will help select the Republican…

Teen in recovery from accidental haunted house hanging

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) – A teenager who was accidentally tangled in a hangman’s noose while acting at a Halloween haunted house was out of intensive care on Wednesday and recovering from the incident that left her briefly not breathing and unconscious, police said. The 17-year-old, who was not identified because…

Cain says foes ‘trying to destroy me’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said on Wednesday that his opponents are “trying to destroy me” over allegations of sexual harassment that have rocked his 2012 bid. The controversy is threatening to engulf Cain’s campaign just as he is leading in many polls of Republican voters who…

House GOPers push back on insurance coverage for birth control

Earlier this year, the Department of Health and Human Services announced new guidelines requiring insurance companies to cover contraceptive services free of charge. But on Wednesday, a House subcommittee opened a hearing into the new guidelines, with Republicans arguing that that mandate does not offer a broad enough opt-out rule for religious groups and…

Dan Savage glitterbombed for being transphobic

One of the gay community’s most high-profile activists has reportedly been glitterbombed for being transphobic. “The Dan Savage Welcoming Committee” said that they showered the sex columnist with glitter during the taping of his MTV show Savage U at the University of Oregon Tuesday. “During this session, the operative leapt…

Ohio Dem backs call to ‘occupy foreclosures’

A vote by “Occupy Oakland” earlier this week called on homeless Americans to begin occupying foreclosed and abandoned structures as squatters — and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) couldn’t be happier. “Thank you, Occupy Oakland,” she told Raw Story this week. “Thank you for caring about families who have been victimized…

Fed holds off on new measures to boost economy

In a highly anticipated decision, the Federal Reserve announced Tuesday, after a two-day meeting, that it would not take any immediate steps to boost the economy. In a statement, the Fed said that the economy had “strengthened somewhat” in the third quarter of the year, and that it foresees “moderate”…

Georgia militia group planned ricin attack to ‘save the Constitution’

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says that four members of a fringe militia used a book written by Fox News “expert” Mike Vanderboegh as a basis for a plot to commit domestic terrorism. Federal law enforcement authorities on Tuesday arrested four Georgia senior citizens for allegedly plotting to kill…

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