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NASA makes final preparations for space shuttle Endeavour’s last flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AFP) – The US space shuttle Endeavour is poised to launch Friday carrying a multibillion dollar tool for searching the universe on the penultimate flight for NASA’s 30-year program. As many as 750,000 onlookers, including President Barack Obama, are expected to converge on the area around Cape…

Maddow: Republican Michigan governor thinks democracy ‘is a problem’

The decision-making authority of elected officials in Benton Harbor, Michigan was suspended under a new emergency manager law passed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. In a speech Wednesday, Snyder said he also wanted to abolish the minimum number of hours children are required to be in school. He announced that…

Shocker: GOP Rep. Paul Ryan says he also wants to cut ‘corporate welfare’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said on Thursday he supports cutting tax breaks for the oil industry as lawmakers search for ways to battle rising gasoline prices. In response to a question at a town hall meeting in Waterford, Wisconsin, the Republican congressman said he agreed…

Sprawling devastation as US storm toll tops 310

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (AFP) – Shocked Americans on Friday sifted through the rubble from the worst US tornadoes in decades, which carved a trail of destruction across the south claiming at least 313 lives. Communities like Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s home town of Tuscaloosa were virtually wiped off the map, and…

Pentagon tries to tamp down Manning detention outcry with media tour

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas (AFP) – Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of leaking cables to WikiLeaks, faces far less restrictive conditions after being relocated to a new prison, according to the Pentagon. Reporters taken on a tour of the new military detention facility in Kansas were not allowed to see…

Angry voters castigate GOP over Ryan budget plan

GREENFIELD, Wisconsin (AFP) – Angry voters jeered and booed as the architect of the Republican budget plan tried to explain why raising taxes on the rich wouldn’t help the United States deal with its deficit problems. “It’s a start!” one man shouted. “Let’s do it!” another voice cried. “What about…

Sen. Rand Paul questions Donald Trump’s ‘Republican registration’

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) mocked real estate mogul Donald Trump on Thursday, doubting his GOP credentials after Trump doubted President Obama’s birthplace. “I want to see the original long form certificate, with embossed seal, of Donald Trump’s Republican registration,” he told a crowd at the Merrimack County Republican Committee breakfast…

Obama vows to push again on immigration

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama Thursday called for an end to the false debates and heated politics blocking a push for immigration reform, an issue with deep implications for the 2012 elections. Obama met activists and influential Hispanic personalities at the White House, including screen stars Eva Longoria and…

ACLU defends cancer patient fired for legal marijuana use

The American Civil Liberties Union urged a U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday to reinstate a lawsuit against Wal-Mart and a manager in Michigan for firing an employee who used medical marijuana in accordance with state law. Thirty-year-old former Wal-Mart employee Joseph Casias used marijuana to treat the…

GOP opponents of debt ceiling raise are like terrorists, former Bush official says

Former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill likened Republicans who are trying to block raising the federal debt ceiling to terrorists. “I think the people who threaten not to pass the debt ceiling are our version of al-Qaeda terrorists,” O’Neill said in an interview Wednesday on Bloomberg Television’s InBusiness With Margaret Brennan.…

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