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Congress presses Obama to sell F-16 jets to Taiwan

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers across party lines stepped up pressure Thursday on President Barack Obama to sell F-16 jet fighters to Taiwan, with some accusing the administration of showing deference to China. “With over 1,600 missiles pointed directly across the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan needs the means to defend itself from…

Obama and Petraeus discuss Afghan pullout

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama has met with Afghanistan war commander General David Petraeus to discuss a troop withdrawal set to begin next month, the White House said Thursday. Presidential spokesman Jay Carney said the two met in Washington on Wednesday to “discuss Afghanistan (and) to review the broad…

Florida governor retreats on worker drug tests

MIAMI (Reuters) – Florida Governor Rick Scott has suspended an order requiring all state workers undergo drug testing, pending resolution of a lawsuit that called the tests an illegal search of workers’ bodies. The Republican governor quietly signed the suspension memo on June 10 but it received little public notice…

Rep. Steve Cohen: The war on drugs has been a terrible mistake

Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) called Wednesday on the U.S. House floor for an end to the 40-year war on drugs, which Cohen said had spent trillions of dollars to incarcerate millions of people for non-violent crimes. “Now don’t get the wrong impression; I’m not suggesting that drug abuse and drug…

Glenn Beck: Ed Schultz is ‘such a piece of trash’

Fox News host Glenn Beck Thursday accused MSNBC’s Ed Schultz of having “no honor.” Beck was livid that Schultz reported Tuesday that the Fox News host had told his viewers that they needed to get a gun while appearing to motion toward a picture of President Barack Obama. “This guy…

Congressman Anthony Weiner resigns in disgrace

Embattled former Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) resigned in disgrace Thursday, weeks after he accidentally sent a photo of his genitals to followers on the Internet microblogging service Twitter. After more than a week of insisting his computers had been “hacked,” the congressman admitted to taking and sending the photo. It…

Live video: Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign

Rep. Anthony Weiner (R-NY) will reportedly resign from Congress Thursday. Watch this live video from MSNBC. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Supreme Court allows suit against Bayer

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court on Thursday allowed a class-action suit by alleged victims of the anti-cholesterol drug Baycol, which was taken off the market in 2001 by German pharmaceuticals giant Bayer. The US top court said in a unanimous decision that states were not allowed to ban any…

Bush admin. asked CIA to discredit a liberal blogger: report

President George W. Bush’s White House ordered the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to find information to “discredit” a liberal University of Michigan professor who was critical of the Iraq war, according to a recent report. Former CIA officer Glenn Carle told The New York Times‘ James Risen that while he…

Target hired union actors for anti-union propaganda video

Hollywood is so fake. Two actors who appeared in an anti-union propaganda video for mega-retailer Target, which made waves on the Internet this week after being released by Gawker, have been discovered to be a part of the very evils their scripts warned so sternly about: labor unions. And in…

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