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Pat Buchanan: Obama only got into Harvard because of affirmative action

While discussing the “birther” controversy recently ignited by real estate mogul Donald Trump, conservative political commentator Pat Buchanan said the only reason President Barack Obama was able to get into Harvard University was because of affirmative action. “He’s probably affirmative action all the way,” Buchanan said Tuesday on MSNBC’s Hardball…

Obama hurt fair trial chances: Manning backers

WASHINGTON — Supporters of alleged Wikileaks leaker Bradley Manning on Tuesday accused President Barack Obama of interfering the future trial, after the president said the army private broke the law. The White House however disputed the stance of the Bradley Manning Support Network, which arose after an encounter between Obama…

Whoops: Trump claimed he would commit war crimes if elected president

In a little-noticed admission last week, billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump, who currently leads all likely Republican candidates for the presidential nomination in 2012, admitted that he would commit war crimes if he were elected president. The startling claim went without controversy until today, when Good Magazine pointed out…

Boehner: ‘I’m not wedded to’ the Ryan budget

In the face of strong public opposition, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) backed away slightly from the House-approved budget proposal drafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) that would turn Medicare into a voucher program over ten years. “I’m for it,” Boehner told ABC’s Topline. “It’s our idea. Right? It’s Paul’s idea.…

Most Mississippi Republicans still upset over Civil War’s outcome, poll finds

The Civil War has been over for almost 150 years, but many southerners are still upset over the outcome. A recent survey (PDF) by the Democratic-affiliated Public Policy Polling survey found that less than half of the voters in North Carolina and Mississippi were glad that the North had won…

Obama demands Congress slash oil subsidies now

WASHINGTON – A consensus appears to be building in favor of stripping giveaways to multi-billion dollar oil companies, as the specter of rising oil prices amid high unemployment and soaring debt pressures Congress to act. In a letter Tuesday afternoon, President Barack Obama urged House and Senate leaders to “take…

Third air traffic controller fired for sleeping

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A third air traffic controller has been fired for sleeping on the job, even as some say naps should be allowed during working hours to enhance controller attentiveness. The termination of the controller followed several highly publicized incidents that have included sleeping controllers, an unresponsive controller watching a…

Fox News plans GOP presidential debate, but candidates may not show

Though Fox News and the South Carolina Republican Party are touting next week’s Republican presidential debate as the kickoff to election season, it’s unclear if any of the GOP’s major candidates will actually be in attendance — or any candidates at all. The problem isn’t a snub of the channel,…

Illegal searches lead to surge in NY marijuana arrests, investigation claims

New York City police have been unfairly targeting minorities with illegal searches, causing a surge in the state’s mairjuana prosecutions, a recent public investigation found. Carried out by public radio station WNYC, the investigation concluded that many of the searches were conducted in violation of people’s constitutional rights. The public…

Embracing ‘Citizens United,’ Dems to welcome undisclosed donors

Despite their prior criticism, Democratic strategists are following Republicans into the forum of undisclosed political donations, engaging in an arms race of-sorts to drum up more outside-party cash than their opponents in 2012. The change in strategy comes at the amusement of conservatives, who out-gunned Democrats in political donations during…

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