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Hard-hit Nevada will be key battleground in 2012

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – A Republican debate will play out in one of this city’s glittering casinos, but the real battleground for next year’s U.S. presidential election lies in the foreclosure-racked neighborhoods that sprawl beyond the Las Vegas Strip’s bright lights. Few U.S. cities have been hit harder by the…

Spuds in schools become a political hot potato

The humble potato is at the center of a political food fight in Washington over what American children should be eating in their school cafeterias. Opening a new front in its war on obesity, the US Department of Agriculture wants to limit servings of “starchy vegetables” to no more than…

Bernie Sanders: ‘Occupy’ protests pushing Obama to stand with working people

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said Monday night that the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration presented Barack Obama with an opportunity to stand with working people and push for a new jobs bill. “I think what the president is catching on to is that the American people want him…

Marine veteran on ‘Occupy’ protests: This is our time to change greed in America

The Marine Corps veteran seen in videos shouting at New York City police officers during the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration appeared Monday night on Countdown with Keith Olbermann to discuss the situation. Sgt. Shamar Thomas, of the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, confronted a group of police officers and…

Trump plays birther card at Bachmann campaign event

Business mogul Donald Trump used the opportunity of speaking at Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s “tele-townhall” event Monday to say “someone should analyze” President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. During an answer to a question about China, Trump noted that he had been at the top of the polls when he…

U.S. Army to fly ‘kamikaze’ drones

WASHINGTON — A miniature “kamikaze” drone designed to quietly hover in the sky before dive-bombing and slamming into a human target will soon be part of the US Army’s arsenal, officials say. Dubbed the “Switchblade,” the robotic aircraft represents the latest attempt by the United States to refine how it…

Jews celebrate Sukkot at ‘Occupy Los Angeles’ protest

Local Jewish clergy and activists rallied in a sukkah — a temporary hut built for the seven day festival of Sukkot — amid other tarps and tents at the ongoing “Occupy Los Angeles” protest on Sunday. “Leaving Yom Kippur, we go out into the world and make the statement that…

Romney adviser: Women ‘aren’t discriminated against anymore’

A legal adviser to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign recently told Newsweek that women are no longer discriminated against in the United States. Romney announced the formation of his “Justice Advisory Committee” in August. The group is co-chaired by former District of Columbia federal appeals judge Robert Bork. Bork was nominated…

Obama allies push ahead with jobs package

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies in the US Senate pressed ahead Monday with plans to vote on a piece of his stalled jobs plan this week, in the face of stiff resistance from Republicans. “We cannot wait to create jobs. That is why I will bring this bill…

Rep. Keith Ellison: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters ‘absolutely right’

Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Chair of the Progressive Caucus, said he supported the growing “Occupy” demonstrations and would be “more than happy” to advance their agenda. “It’s not really leaderless, it just has a lot of leaders,” he told The UpTake in an interview. “People are sick of…

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