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Death toll passes 160 as storms rip through US

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AFP) – Deadly tornados and flash floods flattened buildings and overturned vehicles overnight as major storms churned through the United States, with the death toll surpassing 160 people. The severe weather killed 128 people in Alabama on Wednesday alone, authorities said, and President Barack Obama said Washington would…

Footage shows massive tornado touching down in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

In what may be one of the most damaging outbreaks of tornado in U.S. history, over 250 people are said to have died in the devastating storms that have ripped across the south and mid-west this month. The video below, captured in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is especially harrowing: as a massive…

Ron Paul: End Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid

Speaking to MSNBC host Cenk Uygur, Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul said if he were elected President of the United States he would try to transition the country off of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Watch below:…

Rep. Gibson booed for trying to de-fund Planned Parenthood

At a town hall meeting, Rep. Charlie Gibson (R-NY) was booed after claiming that federal Title X funds should not go to the Planned Parenthood because the reproductive health center performs abortions. The congressman was responding to a woman who explained that without Planned Parenthood, she would have had no…

Federal Reserve chief Bernanke signals end of stimulus plan

WASHINGTON – Ben Bernanke sought to cast the Federal Reserve as a dependable custodian of the US recovery in a first-ever press conference Wednesday, as the bank began to inch away from crisis-era policies. Heralding a second attempt to halt — and eventually reverse — stimulus spending that has helped…

Wisconsin Republican voting bill ‘morally repugnant,’ say Democrats

Voting legislation proposed by Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin would disenfranchise the state’s most vulnerable citizens and its young people, according to the Wisconsin Democratic Party. Assembly Bill 7, drafted by Rep. Jeff Stone, would require voters to show a Wisconsin driver’s license, a state-issued ID card, a military ID, a…

Top US officer: Afghan pullout to be ‘a slow transition’

WASHINGTON — A top US officer returning from commanding US Marines in Afghanistan’s restive southwest emphasized Wednesday that the pullout of foreign troops from the country would be a slow, drawn-out process. The withdrawal will be “a slow transition, not a lot of bells and whistles, not a lot of…

Chamber of Commerce to fight Obama with ‘all available means’

The influential U.S. Chamber of Commerce plans to do everything in its power to block President Barack Obama’s unannounced measure to make government contractors disclose their political spending. In an interview with the New York Times, Chamber lobbyist R. Bruce Josten warned the measure could result in harassment and protests…

Glenn Beck: Some ‘birthers’ on same side as Obama

Fox News host Glenn Beck suggested that some of the so-called “birthers” are actually supporters of President Barack Obama, after the White House released the president’s long-form birth certificate on Wednesday. Many “birthers” believe there is persuasive evidence that Obama was actually born in Kenya in 1961 and that his…

Senator McCain: Arm Libyan rebels, like Afghanistan in 1980s

PARIS — The revolt against Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi could stall unless the United States arms the rebels battling his regime, influential US Senator John McCain warned Wednesday. “There is a possibility if not a probability of a stalemate, and that should be of deep concern to us,” the former…

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