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Olbermann accuses Ed Schultz of trying to ‘silence’ Michael Moore on bin Laden

Keith Olbermann defended Michael Moore against former MSNBC colleague Ed Schultz, who criticized the filmmaker’s misgivings about the killing of Osama bin Laden. “I believe, with great regret, that the pragmatic circumstances of keeping Bin Laden alive outweighed, very narrowly, what Michael is addressing,” Olbermann said in a video posted…

Ron Paul jumps in 2012 race, slams FEMA, CIA

Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Friday that he was officially running for president. “Today, and at this moment, I’m officially announcing that I am a candidate for president in the Republican primary,” he said. “Time has come around to the point where the people are agreeing…

House GOP aims to cut off new funding for TSA body scanners

Legislation proposed by Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt (R-AL) on Thursday cuts off new funding for body imaging scanners used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at airport security checkpoints. The Fiscal Year 2012 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill does not provide the $76 million requested by President Barack Obama…

House votes to expand offshore oil drilling

WASHINGTON — The Republican-held US House of Representatives on Thursday voted to defy the White House and expand offshore oil drilling amid deep voter anger at soaring gasoline prices. Lawmakers backed the bill by a 243-179 margin, but it was unlikely to clear the Senate, where majority Democrats have called…

Famed ‘Pentagon Papers’ finally made public

WASHINGTON — The US government on Thursday announced the release of the famed “Pentagon Papers,” 40 years after the once top-secret Vietnam War documents were leaked to the media. The National Archives, the massive US repository for historic books and documents, announced that the files, now declassified, will be accessible…

Minnesota lawmaker: Nobody has a right to vote on someone else’s marriage

The Republican-led Minnesota state Senate passed a constitutional amendment Wednesday that would define marriage as solely between one man and one woman. Democratic state Senator John Marty blasted the constitutional amendment on the Minnesota Senate floor, saying that his marriage was approved 2 to 0. “Nobody else has a right…

Congress and courts move to curtail corporate leaks

House Republicans introduced legislation yesterday targeting the already-delayed whistleblower rule in the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. The proposed change would require corporate whistleblowers to report problems internally before going to financial regulators. The move, backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is just the latest in a series of setbacks…

Mike Barnicle: Gingrich a ‘delusional loser’

Award-winning journalist and political commentator Mike Barnicle called former House Speaker Newt Gingrich a “delusional loser” Thursday during a discussion on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Gingrich announced on Twitter and Facebook that he would run for president in 2012. “He is a delusional loser with an intellectual chip on his shoulder,”…

White House proposes bill to protect US from cyberattacks

WASHINGTON — The White House proposed draft legislation on Thursday aimed at toughening the defenses of government and private industry against the growing danger from cyberattack. “Our nation is at risk,” the White House said in a statement. “Cybersecurity vulnerabilities in our government and critical infrastructure are a risk to…

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords ‘will return to Congress’

LOS ANGELES — US lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords, who was almost killed in a horrific shooting in January, will eventually return to Congress, a senior Democrat who saw her last week said Thursday. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the newly-elected chair of the Democratic National Committee, said Giffords — shot in the head at…

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