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Chris Matthews’ Republican brother arrested for perjury

A commissioner of Pennsylvania’s third-largest county was arrested Tuesday on perjury charges surrounding an investigation into campaign contributions and contracts. James R. Matthews, a Republican, is brother of liberal MSNBC host of Chris Matthews. He is in his 12th year as a Montgomery County Commissioner. The grand jury found that…

Voting machine design blamed for New York’s 60,000 lost ballots

It wasn’t voter fraud that caused 60,000 ballots to be tossed from the 2010 election in New York – it was poorly designed voting machines. According to a study from the New York University’s Brennan School for Justice, the new optical voting system confused voters so much that they ended…

Surprise: Gingrich ethics files are public info

A trove of documents detailing the shady dealings of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) are actually public domain, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Monday night after Gingrich threatened to have her brought up on charges if she disclosed information related to his House ethics violation in the…

8-year-old to Bachmann: ‘My mommy’s gay but she doesn’t need any fixing’

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann appeared stunned Sunday after an 8-year-old South Carolina boy told her that his gay mother didn’t “need any fixing.” The candidate was signing her memoir Core of Conviction for a scant few supporters at a Myrtle Beach Books-A-Million when 8-year-old Elijah stepped forward with a…

MF Global workers sue Corzine, other execs

(Reuters) – Past and present MF Global employees sued ex-CEO Jon Corzine and other executives over alleged misrepresentations they say destroyed the value of the company’s stock. Two former employees are seeking class-action status on behalf of any current or former MF Global worker who bought company shares through stock purchase plans since mid-2010. Corzine, the…

AIDS group seeks Los Angeles referendum on porn star condom use

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Voters in the city of Los Angeles, home to the nation’s porn industry, could be asked next year whether condoms should be required in adult film shoots to cut down on sexually transmitted diseases. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation said on Monday it had submitted about 71,000…

U.S. may issue record fine to Massey Energy for accident: report

(Reuters) – Federal regulators are expected to issue the largest fine ever to a U.S. mining company in connection with the Massey Energy accident last year that killed 29 coal miners in West Virginia, the Wall Street Journal said, citing two people briefed on the matter. The Mine Safety and…

Reagan shooter says he is safe to release

WASHINGTON — A lawyer for John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to assassinate then-president Ronald Reagan in 1981, sought Monday to prove his client can be safely released 30 years after the attack. Hinckley, 56, was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting of Reagan and…

Rep. Grijalva calls for Arpaio to resign over mishandled sex-crime cases

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ) on Monday called for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to resign after the Associated Press reported that his office had inadequately investigated more than 400 sex-crime investigations during a three-year period. Current and former police officers familiar with the cases told the Associated Press that…

Anti-Wall Street groups arrive for Washington meet

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of anti-Wall Street protesters and union activists on Monday began to arrive in Washington for a campaign in which they aim to “Take back the Capitol from corporate control.” A week of demonstrations and sit-ins are planned “in the name of the 99 percent,” that the anti-corporate…

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