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Judge blocks graphic warnings on cigarettes

WASHINGTON — A US judge on Monday blocked the government’s attempt to place graphic warning labels on cigarette packs, saying big tobacco was likely to succeed in arguing it was a violation of free speech. The full-color warning labels, including diseased lungs and a cancerous mouth lesion, would serve as…

Fourth accuser: Cain ‘reached for my genitals’

A fourth woman is accusing Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment — and this time, there is a name and a face to go along with the allegations. Sharon Bialek, who is a registered Republican and tea party supporter, told reporters Monday that the then-CEO of the National…

Office of Inspector General to investigate tar sands pipeline deal

A letter from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) appears to have triggered what thousands of protesters could not: a serious re-examining of the deal to secure the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. “We are disturbed by reports, such as those in The New York Times on October…

GOP bill would make Pledge of Allegiance mandatory for Michigan students

A group of Republican state senators have proposed a bill that would make the Pledge of Allegiance mandatory for every public school student in Michigan. Republican state Sen. Roger Kahn’s SB 637 would also require schools to purchase a flag for every classroom. “THE BOARD OF A SCHOOL DISTRICT OR…

Record number of Americans in poverty as wealth gap between young and old increases

The alarming number of Americans living in poverty continues to rise. According to new figures released by U.S. Census Bureau, 49.1 million — or 16 percent — of Americans are now living below the poverty line. The numbers are an increase from 2010, when the previous record was at 46.2…

Poll: Ohio anti-union bill headed for defeat

Voters in Ohio are poised to vote no on a referendum on Gov. John Kasich’s (R) anti-union bill, according to a new poll. Public Policy Polling (PPP) found that 59 percent of voters oppose SB 5, while just 36 percent plan to approve it during Tuesday’s election. “What might be…

Activists push for end to U.S.-Canada pipeline plan

Thousands of protesters rallied outside the White House on Sunday to press US President Barack Obama to scrap plans for a multi-billion-dollar oil pipeline stretching from Canada to Texas. “Our mainstream society is extremely destructive and exploitative. This is one of the most egregious examples of over-exploitation,” Ken Srdjak, 25,…

Jack Abramoff: ‘The whole system’ is corrupt

Notorious former lobbyist Jack Abramoff is a free man again, after serving three and a half years in prison for corruption and fraud. In an interview aired by CBS on Sunday, he told correspondent Leslie Stahl about the tricks of his former trade. Abramoff, who readily admits to his former…

Ron Paul: Endorsing GOP nominee ‘would defy everything I believe in’

At least one Republican presidential candidate says he will be “reluctant” support his party’s eventual nominee. On Sunday, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) told Fox News host Chris Wallace that if he loses, he will “probably not” endorse another any of the other candidates. “Can you state flatly that you will…

Haley Barbour: Cain scandal has ‘smell of Clarence Thomas’

Republican Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour played the race card on Sunday while defending Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain against sexual harassment charges. “I do think you have the smell here of [conservative Supreme Court Justice] Clarence Thomas,” Barbour told NBC’s David Gregory. “Of where people thought he was clearly just…

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