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Texas Gov. Perry adds anti-TSA groping bill to special session

A bill that would restrict Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers from conducting pat-down searches at airport security checkpoints will return in the Texas legislature’s next special session thanks to Gov. Rick Perry. Perry, the latest Republican to flirt with a possible presidential run in 2012, selected the bill for the…

Watchdog: Sen. Vitter tried to ‘bribe’ Sec. Salazar with pay raise

The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) says Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) may have gone too far when he demanded President Barack Obama’s Interior secretary approve deepwater oil well permits in exchange for a salary increase. CREW filed a complaint (PDF) Tuesday calling for the Senate…

White House sails past deadline for solar panel installation

Tuesday marked the first official day of summer in the Western hemisphere, but some environmental advocates saw June 21 as another milestone — a day after the deadline President Barack Obama’s administration had promised for the installation of a solar water-heating system on the roof of the White House. In…

Sanders: ’5 million seniors face the threat of hunger’

WASHINGTON – A 12-page report released Tuesday by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) found that about 5 million senior citizens are threatened by hunger in the United States. “It is estimated that 5 million seniors face the threat of hunger, 3 million seniors are at risk of hunger, and 1 million…

Two U.S. nuclear plants under threat as flood waters rise

Two U.S. nuclear electricity facilities, the Fort Calhoun and Cooper nuclear plants in Nebraska, are facing the threat of rising flood waters from the Missouri river. Though safety regulators insist the plants were designed to withstand flooding and no risk of disaster exists, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been…

McCain knocks Republicans for challenging Obama on Libya

WASHINGTON – As the House GOP prepares to throw a wrench into President Barack Obama’s military operation in Libya, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) accused Republicans of attacking his former 2008 rival for partisan gain. “Is this the time for Congress to turn against this policy? Is this the time time…

Massive tornado wrecks homes in Kansas

An enormous and powerful tornado destroyed three homes and wrecked a freight train in Kansas yesterday, injuring several members of a family that fled its path. At least three tornadoes were spotted near the state’s border with Nebraska yesterday, temporarily halting play at the College World Series. This video was…

WATCH LIVE: Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman announces his 2012 presidential candidacy

Watch live as Jon Huntsman, the former governor of Utah and President Obama’s first U.S. ambassador to China. makes official his run for the Republican nomination in 2012, courtesy of MSNBC. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Markos Moulitsas to Olbermann: Scarborough is ‘such a loser host’

Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas Monday finally got to tell a television audience why he had been banned from MSNBC for the past year. “Well, it seems your old boss had a little problem with me,” Moulitsas told Keith Olbermann on Current’s premiere episode of Countdown. “I was under the…

U.S. sued by 22,000 would-be immigrants: lawyers

WASHINGTON — A lawsuit has been filed against the State Department alleging it unfairly denied 22,000 would-be legal immigrants the right to permanent residency in the United States, their lawyers said Monday. White and Associates said it filed the lawsuit in the District Court for the District of Colombia charging…

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