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Maddow calls out networks for booking mostly former Bush officials after bin Laden killing

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow noticed that nine former Bush officials and Republicans were booked on the Sunday morning news shows to talk about the death of Osama bin Laden, while only three Democrats appeared. “It has got to drive Democrats and the White House absolutely nuts,” Maddow said. Republican Sen. Dick…

Obama lawyers fight in court to save health care law

RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) – Lawyers for President Barack Obama go to court on Tuesday to try to save the cornerstone of his healthcare overhaul, arguing that the requirement for Americans to buy insurance is constitutional. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will consider whether a lower…

President Obama plans major push for immigration reform, with amnesty possible

President Barack Obama will announce Tuesday during a speech near the U.S. border that he plans a fresh push for immigration policy reform ahead of the 2012 election, calling for a legislative solution that comes from Congress instead of his desk alone. The White House and other officials will promote…

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announce they’re splitting up

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Movie megastar turned politician Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver have announced their separation, after 25 years of a high-profile personal as well as political marriage. The Republican former California governor and Shriver — a member of the Democrat-leading Kennedy dynasty — have been living…

Boehner: Tax increases ‘off the table’ in debt ceiling debate

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told NBC’s Matt Lauer Tuesday that tax hikes were “off the table” in negotiations with Democrats over raising the debt ceiling. In a speech to Wall Street Monday, the Speaker insisted on trillions in spending cuts in exchange for raising the nation’s borrowing limit. “Without…

Former Senator Alan Simpson flips off the AARP

Former Republican Senator Alan Simpson gave the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) “the finger” during a meeting hosted by the Investment Company Institute. The Huffington Post reported that Simpson argued Social Security was a “Ponzi” scheme that was originally intended as a welfare program before he lashed out at…

Northwestern University cancels class after live sex show

CHICAGO — Students at Chicago’s prestigious Northwestern University won’t be able to take a popular course in human sexuality next year after a professor invited his class to watch a live sex show, officials said Monday. The topic of the day was bondage, swinging and other fetishes. Then, after the…

Internet ‘Do Not Track’ bill introduced in Senate

WASHINGTON — Privacy and consumer groups welcomed a “Do Not Track” bill introduced in the US Senate on Monday that would let Internet users block companies from gathering information about their online activities. The Do-Not-Track Online Act of 2011 was introduced by Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, the…

US Secret Service creates Twitter account

WASHINGTON — The US Secret Service, renowned for the sharp suited agents protecting the US president, made its debut on Twitter on Monday, saying the micro-blogging site could help recruiting. The agency, which also has a uniformed branch and protects the grounds of the White House, has a second mission…

Man jailed for smuggling Chinese anti-aircraft missiles into US

LOS ANGELES — A US man was jailed for 25 years on Monday for smuggling goods including surface-to-air missiles from China in the first conviction under a 2004 anti-terrorism law, officials said. Yi Qing Chen was convicted last October on charges of smuggling drugs and counterfeit cigarettes as well as…

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