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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…

Ex-Black Panther Mumia gets new sentencing hearing

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A US appeals court ordered a new sentencing hearing Tuesday death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, without overturning the guilty verdict of the man who has become a cause celebre for death penalty opponents. The court in Pennsylvania ruled that Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther who has languished…

GOP’s budget raises Medicare eligibility age: CBO

WASHINGTON – The House-approved Republican budget plan would eventually raise the age at which seniors are eligible for Medicare coverage, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Currently at 65, the plan would increase the Medicare eligibility age by two months per year starting in 2022, until it hits 67…

Conservatives: Prop. 8 should be reinstated because judge who struck it down is gay

Conservatives in California, incensed by a U.S. District Judge who overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, are claiming in an appeal that the decision should be nullified because the judge is actually a gay man. U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, who overturned the same-sex marriage ban known as Proposition…

Boehner flirts with debt default if Dems don’t accept Medicare cuts

WASHINGTON – Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said the House may refuse to vote on raising the debt limit, which could force the United States into default in the next few months — potentially inciting an economic calamity. “If the president doesn’t get serious about the need to address our fiscal…

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