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Bill would penalize immigrants who report domestic violence

Two bills up for consideration by Congress neatly coincide with October’s status as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, one that advocates are cheering and another that would impede justice for victims. The American Independent reported that an immigration enforcement act called the Hinder the Administration Legalization Temptation Act (HALT), would impose…

Tennessee sponsor of guns-in-bars bill arrested for DUI with gun

A Tennessee lawmaker who sponsored a controversial bill to allow handguns to be carried in bars was arrested Tuesday for driving under the influence and possessing a handgun while under the influence. Police said that Tennessee state Rep. Curry Todd (R) was pulled over at around 11:15 p.m. in Nashville,…

Lawsuit: New Hampshire school allowed racial harassment

A $1 million lawsuit is alleging that officials at Raymond High School in New Hampshire did almost nothing to stop the racial harassment of a 16-year-old student. The suit claims that officials did little to protect the boy from a daily onslaught of racial slurs, according to WMUR. The mother…

Romney says Christie on his VP short list

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced last week that he wasn’t running for the Republican nomination, but he could still end up in the White House in 2012 if Mitt Romney is the nominee. In an interview aired Wednesday, Romney told NBC’s Jamie Gangel that Christie would be on his…

Economist blasts GOP’s ‘seven biggest economic lies’

By Robert Reich The President’s Jobs Bill doesn’t have a chance in Congress — and the Occupiers on Wall Street and elsewhere can’t become a national movement for a more equitable society – unless more Americans know the truth about the economy. Below is a short (2 minute 30 second)…

Tax preparers fret over first IRS fees, rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tax preparers are chewing their pencils as the Internal Revenue Service gets ready to impose the first comprehensive program of fees and rules on the industry’s 730,000 practitioners. Some fear the IRS campaign against tax fraud could squeeze out small, independent businesses and allow large competitors such as H&R Block Inc…

Sen. Bernie Sanders blasts GOP for blocking jobs bill

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Tuesday night on MSNBC’s The Ed Show that it was “beyond his comprehension” how not even one Republican voted for Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act in the midst of the “economic crisis” facing the country. The added that, if anything, the bill did not go…

U.S. sanctions five over Saudi ambassador plot

WASHINGTON — The US Treasury Department on Tuesday announced measures against five individuals allegedly connected to a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States. The five include Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri, two men charged by the Justice Department with the alleged plot to kill ambassador Adel…

‘Occupy’ protests to arrive at London Stock Exchange

LONDON — Protests against corporate power that have taken hold in the United States are to hit Britain on Saturday with a rally in front of the London Stock Exchange, organisers revealed. Occupy London Stock Exchange (OccupyLSX) plans to launch a “peaceful occupation” near the capital’s financial nerve centre, and…

Supreme Court rejects same sex couple’s adoption bid

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court turned down a gay couple’s request Tuesday to have both of their names listed as the parents of an adopted boy. The nine justices rejected without comment the appeal by Oren Adar and Mickey Ray Smith, backing a federal appeals court ruling earlier this…

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