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ACLU settles case of man arrested for recording friend’s arrest

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania has won a $48,500 settlement from a lawsuit brought on behalf of man arrested for videotaping a University of Pittsburgh police officer. “This settlement underscores the fact that one of the cornerstones of our constitutional democracy is the right to document the actions…

Sen. Rand Paul calls for vote of no confidence in Treasury Secretary Geithner

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R) on Wednesday took to the Senate floor to call for a vote of no confidence in Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, one of the stalwarts of President Barack Obama’s administration. “The current Administration’s gross mismanagement of the U.S. economy, at the helm of which has sat…

Perry to make debut at Republican debate

LOS ANGELES — Texas governor Rick Perry squared up to make his debut Wednesday at a Republican party debate, after surging into the race as frontrunner to be the GOP candidate against Barack Obama next year. The main Republican contenders for the US presidency are to take the stage at…

IHOP shooting ‘like 9/11′ for Nevada city: sheriff

LOS ANGELES — The sheriff of a US city where a gunman killed four people including three military personnel in a restaurant compared the shootings to the 9/11 attacks Wednesday. The comments came as authorities named the victims of Tuesday’s attack in Nevada state capital Carson City, in which a…

Former Clinton chief of staff joins Facebook board

WASHINGTON — Facebook announced Wednesday that Erskine Bowles, a former chief of staff to US president Bill Clinton, has joined the board of directors of the social network. Bowles, 66, was named by Clinton in 1993 to head the Small Business Administration and served as White House chief of staff…

Three arrested at Republican Rep. Paul Ryan’s town hall event

Three people were arrested on Tuesday for disrupting a town hall event in Greenfield, Wisconsin held by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman. Another 20 people were escorted out of the event for interrupting Ryan’s speech. Two of the three people arrested were fined $429 and the…

WI Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin: ‘I’m not afraid’

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) insisted that she did not want her senatorial campaign to revolve around her sexuality but around her capability as a leader. “The people of Wisconsin are looking for someone who will be a fighter for them,” Baldwin said in…

BP finds more oil in US Gulf of Mexico field

British oil giant BP announced Wednesday a major oil find in the US Gulf of Mexico that it said underscores the development potential of the region. An appraisal well drilled in an untested northern segment of the Mad Dog field found “a significant resource extension” for the Mad Dog Field…

Obama jobs speech venue part of election strategy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s use of a rare joint session of Congress to deliver a jobs speech on Thursday reflects a political strategy to try to blame Republicans for an economy at risk of sliding back into recession. The choice of venue — the Republican-controlled House of Representatives…

Wisc. DMV workers ordered to not offer voter IDs

In states where a photo identification is required to vote, Republican lawmakers have been able to avoid legal challenges to the rule by giving away free voter ID cards, thereby ducking the label of a “poll tax.” But in Wisconsin, which recently passed one of the nation’s most restrictive voter…

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