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GOP-tapped law firm backs out of DOMA defense

WASHINGTON – The law firm tapped by House Republicans to defend the Defense of Marriage Act abruptly backed out of the case on Monday, citing an “inadequate” vetting process for the engagement. “Today the firm filed a motion to withdraw from its engagement to represent the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group…

Ominous Dem video says GOP lied about protecting Medicare

WASHINGTON – Democrats are revving up their campaign to portray Republicans as having voted to “end Medicare,” aiming to channel public support for the program into a 2012 issue. A new 80-second spot by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee features ominous music and scared-looking seniors in front of a dark…

Coast Guard investigation of oil spill cites Transocean

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Serious safety lapses by oil rig owner and operator Transocean Ltd contributed to the massive blowout and spill at a BP Plc well in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard said in a report on the 2010 disaster. A Coast Guard investigation “revealed numerous systems deficiencies,…

Small plane full of cocaine crashes in New Mexico lake

SANTA FE, New Mexico (Reuters) – A small planed loaded with bundles of cocaine crashed into a lake in northern New Mexico on Sunday morning, apparently killing all on board, according to the New Mexico State Police. Police Lieutenant Eric Garciasaid the number of people aboard the aircraft was not immediately…

Idaho miner’s body recovered nine days after cave-in

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Search teams on Sunday recovered the body of a silver miner in Idaho trapped more than a mile underground and cut off from the outside world nine days ago by an unexplained cave-in, mine company executives said. Conclusive word that Larry Marek, 53, had perished in the…

Giffords cleared to view shuttle launch: husband

WASHINGTON — Astronaut Mark Kelly says his wife, US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, has been cleared to attend his space shuttle launch after recovering steadily from a brain injury sustained in a shooting. The Democratic lawmaker was shot once through the head during a January 8 shooting rampage that killed six…

WIKILEAKS: 7 SHOCKING GITMO REVELATIONS

A massive leak of more than 700 military documents, attributed to infamous transparency group WikiLeaks, was released Sunday night. Much of the new information deals with detainees held in Guantanamo Bay, records that begin immediately after the September 11 terrorist attacks and range to 2009, including documents relating to 172…

‘I miss Tucson,’ says recovering Rep. Giffords

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords still struggles to piece together lengthy sentences, but one short phrase she repeats is: “I miss Tucson,” the Arizona Republic newspaper reported on Sunday. Three and a half months after she was shot in the head at a community event in Tucson, theArizona Democrat is working on…

Marines in Afghanistan sing and dance to Britney Spears

In the fine tradition of military personnel blowing off steam in the field comes this latest masterpiece out of Afghanistan. Below, watch the 266 Rein and HMLA 169 Marines perform their awesome rendition of Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me.” Ms. Spears herself tweeted, in response to the video: “I…

Sen. Coons to Senate: You can’t get the job done if you’re always on vacation

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Delaware) appeared on Face the Nation Sunday morning — technically during a Senate vacation for Easter. The Senate has taken five vacations since it came into session in January: everyone gets Passover off, Jewish or not, President’s Day merits a week off, and so on and so…

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