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Santorum: ‘I’ll die’ to stop same sex marriages

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is deadly serious about stopping gays from getting married. Earlier this week, the former Pennsylvania senator told Caffeinated Thoughts that he would be willing to “die” in the fight against marriage equality. “The battle we’re engaged in right now is same sex marriage, ultimately that…

Gangs growing, turning to financial crimes: FBI

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday estimated there are some 1.4 million gang members in the United States and they are turning to white collar crimes as more lucrative enterprises. Gangs like the Bloods and theCrips are engaging in crimes, such as identity theft, counterfeiting, selling stolen goods and even bank, credit…

BP gets nod to renew drilling in Gulf of Mexico

WASHINGTON — British oil giant BP received approval Friday to restart drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, 18 months after a BP well blowout killed 11 and released millions of barrels of crude into the ocean. The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, of the Department of the Interior, said…

U.S. faithful await new prophecy on ‘end of world’

NEW YORK — Five months after a media frenzy over a US preacher’s “end of the world” prophesy, his faithful were awaiting Judgment Day again Friday based on his “recalculated” prediction. Harold Camping, the evangelist of Family Radio based in Oakland, California, caused a global stir earlier this year when…

Surprise: Obama pulling all U.S. troops from Iraq by year’s end

In a surprise announcement on Friday, President Barack Obama declared a full stop to the U.S. presence in Iraq, telling reporters, “I can say our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays.” The announcement was a surprise because many observers expected the White House to leave up…

Ex-Wall St. banker identified as key figure in Olympus scandal

TOKYO/LONDON/BOCA RATON (Reuters) – A former Wall Street banker of Japanese descent has emerged as a key figure in the scandal engulfing Japanese blue-chip firm Olympus Corp, according to documents provided by the firm’s ex-CEO. The veteran banker, Hajime ‘Jim’ Sagawa, owned an obscure U.S. financial firm which was hired…

Michael Moore: Dems and GOP both bought by Wall Street

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore pointed out Thursday night on Countdown with Keith Olbermann that Democrats and Republicans both received a large amount of campaign contributions from Wall Street. He said that, thanks to the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, political candidates at the local level could actually garner votes by refusing…

Maddow responds to criticism from Koch Industries

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Thursday night responded to Koch Industries after the energy giant criticized her blog on its public relations website KochFacts.com. Last week, writer Laura Conaway mocked Koch Industries for its job posting. The posting said: “For those concerned about jobs, Koch has some good news: it’s…

Senate confirms new commerce secretary

WASHINGTON — The US Senate confirmed businessman John Bryson as commerce secretary, replacing Gary Locke, who left the post to become the US ambassador to China. Lawmakers voted 74-26 to approve Bryson one week after the US Congress approved long-stalled free trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. President…

New York Civil Liberties Union: Stop blanket surveillance of ‘Occupy Wall St.’

The New York Civil Liberties Union on Thursday called on the New York Police Department to stop the 24-hour video surveillance of “Occupy Wall Street” protesters. In a letter (PDF) to NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly, the NYCLU acknowledged the city had accommodated the ongoing demonstration by allowing the protestors to…

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