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Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke sees ‘loss of momentum’ in jobs market

WASHINGTON — After a slew of wretched economic news, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned Tuesday there had been a “loss of momentum” in the US jobs market. Two years into a slow and largely jobless recovery, Bernanke predicted employment growth would eventually pick up, but that a recent soft-patch…

ACLU calls on Justice Department to end racially biased searches by Illinois State Police

The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois filed an administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday, calling for an investigation into alleged persistent racial bias in consent searches conducted by Illinois State Police (ISP) troopers. Data collected under the Illinois Traffic Stop Statistical Study Act of 2003…

Connecticut Legislature decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana

Legislation that makes possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana a civil violation heads to Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s (D) desk Tuesday after being approved by the state House. Malloy already said he would sign it into law, making Connecticut the 14th state to decriminalize possession of…

Koch-backed conservative group spams Detroit with fake eviction notices

The pro-corporate activist group Americans for Prosperity is campaigning in Detroit against a transportation project called the New International Trade Crossing, which aims to make Michigan a center for north American international trade. But in opposing the plan, they’ve got to the very extremes of shock campaigning, dropping forms claiming…

GOP candidate Herman Cain won’t sign bills longer than three pages

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain promised Tuesday that as president, he wouldn’t sign any bill longer than three pages. A video provided by Think Progress showed Cain speaking to a receptive audience at the Family Leader Presidential Lecture Series in Pella, Iowa. “Engage the people,” Cain said. “Don’t try to…

Romney tops Obama by 4 percent in new poll

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney pulled ahead of President Barack Obama in a poll of registered voters Tuesday, as public disapproval over the faltering US economy grows. By 49 to 46 percent, Romney outpolled Obama in a head-to-head election, according to the survey by The Washington Post…

42% of Republicans ‘definitely would not’ vote for Sarah Palin

The results of a new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Tuesday bear ill omen for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Nearly two-third of those surveyed said they “definitely would not” vote for Palin should she decide to run for president in 2012. It’s known that she is generally unpopular with…

Bachmann aide assails Palin as ‘not serious’

WASHINGTON – As she eyes a run for the presidency, a top new aide to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) charged that Sarah Palin has proven herself unserious since she was “handed” the vice presidential nomination. “Sarah has not been serious over the last couple of years,” the recently-hired veteran GOP…

Obama ‘not concerned’ over new recession threat

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama on Tuesday rejected concerns about a second US recession amid a raft of poor data on US economic growth. “I am not concerned about a double-dip recession,” Obama said at a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, while acknowledging that there was…

U.S. confirms one case of E. coli in traveler to Germany

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Tuesday confirmed one of four suspected cases of E. coli illness in Americans who recently traveled to Germany, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. “In the United States, one confirmed and three suspected cases of STEC O104:H4 infections have been identified…

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