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Democratic senators propose ending tax breaks for big oil

WASHINGTON — Democrats in the US Senate on Tuesday proposed eliminating tax breaks for big oil firms and applying the expected $21 billion savings over 10 years to help reduce the deficit. “We all need to tighten our belts to help address the deficit, even the oil companies,” said Senator…

Sixty-five arrested during protest of California budget cuts

The California Highway Patrol arrested at least 65 protesters Monday evening at the California state Capitol after they refused to leave after the rotunda had closed. The protest in Sacramento was the first in a series of protests dubbed “State of Emergency” and planned by the California Teacher Association (CTA).…

Wisc. GOP rushes to restrict voters ahead of recall elections

Claiming they only wish to prevent voter fraud, Wisconsin Republicans are rushing a bill that would impose additional identification requirements on citizens who attempt to cast a ballot — all ahead of key recall elections that could see the GOP thrown from power in the state. The new rules would…

Sarah Palin wins restraining order against father-son pair

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin won another round in court on Monday against a Pennsylvania teenager accused of stalking the outspoken conservative, telling a judge, “I fear for my friends’ and for my family’s safety.” The three-hour Anchorage court hearing, with Palin and her antagonists testifying…

Single payer health care legislation introduced in Congress

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) introduced federal single payer legislation Tuesday ensuring that states implement Medicare-like systems for all residents. The 188-page “American Health Security Act of 2011” would mandate that each state scrap private insurance and individually administer a government-run insurance program similar…

White House: GOP holding economy ‘hostage’ over debt ceiling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House took a dim view on Tuesday of Republicans’ demand that President Barack Obama accept more than $2 trillion in spending cuts in exchange for their agreement to raise the $14.3 trillion U.S. debt limit. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in…

Raw Photos: Citizen journalists document Mississippi River floods

The waters of the Mississippi River continue to rise and spread across the southern United States in the river’s worst flood in 70 years. In some parts, the river has spread to six times wider than usual, and much deeper. In Memphis, the usually half-mile-wide river is about three miles…

Raped Peace Corps volunteer forced to have an abortion or quit

Carol Clark told ABC News’ Brian Ross that after becoming pregnant because she was raped by a Peace Corps employee over 25 years ago, the Peace Corps gave her the choice of having an abortion or resigning as a volunteer. Clark will testify at before the House Foreign Affairs Committee…

News organizations press White House to release visual proof of bin Laden’s death

The Associated Press and other news organizations have officially taken the position that President Barack Obama should release visual proof of Osama bin Laden’s death, claiming that without this level of transparency the White House is essentially deciding what is and is not newsworthy. In an interview with The Atlantic…

Trump’s popularity tanks after Obama releases long-form birth certificate

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump’s popularity among Republican voters has taken a huge dive in the wake of President Barack Obama releasing his birth certificate, according to a new poll. Just eight percent of GOP primary voters supported him in a Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday, putting him in a…

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