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Gas pipelines are big business but lightly regulated

By Nicholas Kusnetz, ProPublica The gas pipeline industry is hardly glamorous. But it is lucrative and loosely regulated. Last weekend, two oil and gas pipeline companies announced they would combine to create the biggest such firm in the U.S. when Kinder Morgan offered more than $20 billion to buy El…

Russ Feingold endorses Tammy Baldwin for Senate

Former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold (D) endorsed Tammy Baldwin’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. “I’m proud to throw my support to a candidate who will keep the fight for progress, the middle class and equality alive in the U.S. Senate: our good friend, Tammy Baldwin,” Feingold said in…

Sen. Marco Rubio embellished story of ‘Cuban exile’ parents

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a tea party favorite, embellished the facts surrounding his parent’s emigration from Cuba, according to The Washington Post. Rubio has been claiming for years that his family joined an exodus from Cuba in 1959 after the revolution led by Fidel Castro. In a 2010…

U.S. charges two with recruiting for terror plots

WASHINGTON — US authorities Thursday unveiled charges against two men for conspiring with a US woman known as “JihadJane” to recruit people online for terror plots in Europe and South Asia. The US Justice Department identified the two as Ali Charaf Damache, a 46-year-old Algerian detained in Ireland on unrelated…

U.S. lawmakers see new era in Libya

WASHINGTON — Top US lawmakers on Thursday hailed news of Moamer Kadhafi’s death, saying Libya was now “liberated” and calling for closer ties between Washington and Tripoli as the war-torn country tries to rebuild. “Kadhafi’s death marks the end of his reign of terror and the promise of a new…

FBI panel recommends expanding definition of rape

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is one step closer to updating their definition of rape to modern day standards. The agency’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program currently defines rape as “the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.” Rape without force is not included. The current…

Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson visits ‘Occupy Wall St.’ protest

Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson on Tuesday visited the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration in New York City’s Zuccotti Park to talk with the protesters. The former Governor of New Mexico and libertarian is an outspoken opponent of the drug war, is in favor of same sex marriage, and supports withdrawing…

Louisiana bans using cash in sales of second-hand goods

In a new law that could put every trading post, Goodwill, flea market, garage sale and Craigslist merchant in the state of Louisiana out of business, a bipartisan group of elected representatives has opted to ban all cash payments for the buying and selling of used goods. Though House Bill…

Jobless claims fall, 4-week average at 6-month low

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New claims for unemployment benefits fell last week and a gauge of labor market trends hit a six-month low, a government report showed on Thursday, pointing to an improvement in the jobs market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 403,000, the…

MIT economist: Wall Street created worst recession since WWII

MIT economics professor Simon Johnson said on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show on Wednesday night that Wall Street “blew itself up,” which lead to the “most severe recession since World War II.” The former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund added that the enormous economic damage was “a direct…

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