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CodePink activists arrive at ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest

Two members of the anti-war activist group CodePink on Saturday arrived at the “Occupy Wall Street” protest in lower Manhattan. “We are here with the 99 percent to say that we’ve had enough of the corruption and greed on Wall Street,” said on activist, Mel. “I’ve been to Tahrir square…

Van Jones: Marines to stand with Wall Street protesters

In his speech to the “Take Back The American Dream” conference Monday, former Obama advisor Van Jones held up the “Occupy Wall Street” movement as an example of what progressives could do to force change. “I’m not mad at [the tea party] for being so loud,” he said. “I’m mad…

Obama bets on 50-state strategy to eke out ’12 win

CHICAGO (Reuters) – While Republican presidential candidates target early-voting states, President Barack Obama’s team is laying the groundwork for a 50-state campaign strategy it hopes will secure another White House win in 2012. From the traditional “swing” states of Florida and Ohio to a typically Republican-leaning state like Arizona, Democrat…

Lower court’s ruling stands: Downloading music is not a crime

(Reuters) – The Supreme Court let stand on Monday a ruling that a traditional Internet download of sound recording does not constitute a public performance of the recorded musical work under federal copyright law. The justices refused to review a ruling by an appeals court in New York that the…

Bear runs into Pennsylvania home, attacks couple inside

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – A black bear chased a dog into a central Pennsylvania house on Monday, attacking and injuring a couple who lived there, an official said. The bear entered the house in Oliver Township, Perry County, “hot on the tracks” of the dog, which had been let out early…

Hank Williams, Jr.: Obama is ‘the enemy,’ just like ‘Hitler’

Hank Williams, Jr. is most known for the catch phrase “Are you ready for some football?” in his theme song for Monday Night Football. But on Fox and Friends Monday morning, the country music singer probably should have asked, “Are you ready for some controversy?” In an awkward interview, co-host…

Christie still to be convinced of 2012 run: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Chris Christie faces a deadline by week’s end to decide whether to launch a late run for president and appears to still be leaning against it, a Republican familiar with his discussions said Monday. The New Jersey governor has been wrestling with whether to enter the…

Arbitrator rules against Illinois lay-offs, closures

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Plans by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to close seven state facilities and lay off more than 1,900 workers violate the state’s agreement with an employee union, an arbitrator ruled on Monday. Edwin Benn, the arbitrator, cited a 2010 agreement between Illinois and the American Federation of State,…

Pastor, deacons accused of assaulting gay couple

A gay Tennessee couple has filed complaints against against a pastor and four deacons who they say assaulted them while trying to attend Grace Fellowship Church in Fruitland late last month. Jerry Pittman Jr. and his boyfriend told WBBJ that they were attacked by several deacons at the request of…

Supreme Court considers California Medicaid cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court opened its new term on Monday and considered whether Medicaid recipients and medical providers may sue California for cutting reimbursement rates in the healthcare program for low-income Americans. The justices heard arguments in a case that centered on the plan by California’s lawmakers in…

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