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‘Occupy Chicago’ crashes Mortgage Bankers Association party

On Tuesday night, a party for Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) members was greeted by “Occupy Chicago” protesters, who chanted “banks got bailed out, we got sold out.” The party was hosted by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange at Union Station. The protesters gathered at the one of the entrances of the…

California lawmaker surprised to find genre of music cannot be outlawed

A California assemblywoman on a quest to end raves was surprised to find that electronic dance music could not be outlawed. Democratic Assemblywoman Fiona Ma tried to ban the music after a 15-year-old girl died at The Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles, apparently from an ecstasy overdose. “We found…

Gary Johnson: I would have vetoed DHS after 9/11

Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson is fond of saying no. As governor of New Mexico, he vetoed more legislation that all other governors combined. On Wednesday, he told the New Hampshire Legislature that he would have even blocked the creation of the Department of Homeland Security if he had been…

Syrian man charged in U.S. for spying on protesters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Syrian-born man has been arrested and charged in Virginia with spying on anti-Syrian protesters in the United States and passing the details on to Damascus, U.S. prosecutors said on Wednesday. Mohamad Anas Haitham Soueid, 47, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was accused of acting as an agent…

Romney leads GOP, Cain second: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney leads the field vying for the Republican presidential nomination but fewer than one in four of the party’s voters back him as a surging Herman Cain gains ground, according to Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, is holding on to his…

White House ‘pleased’ at Shalit deal

The White House said Wednesday it was pleased with reports that the “long overdue” release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit would take place soon after a deal with Hamas. The agreement to release Shalit, which will see 1,000 Palestinians freed by Israel in return, is expected to get underway in…

Pennsylvania state capital declares bankruptcy

Pennsylvania’s state capital Harrisburg has declared bankruptcy, according to a court filing seen Wednesday, a rare move that raised the specter of a string of local government defaults. The city — whose finances have been ravaged by the costs of upgrading a once-mothballed trash incinerator — filed late Tuesday to…

Perry: ‘We fought the revolution in the 16th century’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry says debates aren’t his strong suit, but apparently history isn’t either. Speaking at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity on Dartmouth College’s campus after Tuesday night’s The Washington Post/Bloomberg presidential debate, Perry missed the date of the American Revolution by about 200 years. “Our Founding Fathers…

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,…

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