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Dems carve notch in Senate’s filibuster rules

An arcane filibuster tactic has been eliminated from the U.S. Senate, after a vote to change the rules called by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) succeeded last night. It all started as a relatively minor, even common dispute between Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). McConnell had…

Cantor ‘concerned about growing mobs’ at Occupy Wall Street

At the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C Friday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) referred to the Occupy Wall Street protests as “growing mobs.” “This administration’s policies have resulted in an assault on many of our nation’s bedrock principles,” Cantor declared. “If you read the newspapers today, I, for…

Wisconsin Democrats want anti-union governor’s picture removed

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Democrats in the Wisconsin state Assembly want to remove a portrait of a former governor who gave an order that led to the fatal shooting of seven people in a Milwaukee labor dispute 125 years ago. The political battle over art is reminiscent of the controversial removal…

Georgia city revises headscarf policy after lawsuit

ATLANTA (Reuters) – A Georgia city settled a federal lawsuit on Thursday filed by a Muslim woman who was arrested and jailed after she refused to remove her headscarf before entering a courtroom. Lisa Valentine was accompanying a nephew to court in Douglasville in December 2008 when an officer manning…

California to end food stamp fingerprinting

SACRAMENTO, Calif (Reuters) – Low-income Californians will no longer need to be fingerprinted when they apply for food stamp assistance, under legislation signed into law on Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown. California was one of only three states that required such fingerprinting as a condition for receiving food subsidies. The…

‘Occupy Chicago’ joins anti-war protesters at Obama 2012 headquarters

Some “Occupy Chicago” protesters joined up with anti-war protesters on Thursday outside President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign headquarters at Chicago’s Prudential Plaza. “Occupy Chicago” began on September 23, when around 20 people gathered at Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, and then marched to the Federal Reserve Bank…

Rand Paul: Obama inflaming ‘Occupy Wall Street’ mob

Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky on Fox Business warned Thursday that the “Occupy Wall Street” protest in New York City could become violent thanks, in part, to President Barack Obama. “As far as this Occupy Wall Street movement goes, you know I see it sort of like a Paris…

Senate panel approves Richard Cordray for consumer bureau

The Senate Banking Committee on Thursday narrowly approved Richard Cordray to be the first ever Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but his nomination is expected to be halted by Republicans in the full Senate. The Bureau was created by the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act…

Rep. Paul Broun: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ an attack on freedom

Republicans have begun to line up against the “Occupy Wall Street” movement that began on September 17. During an appearance Thursday on ABC’s Top Line, Republican Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia claimed the protest was an attack on freedom. “Well, if you look at what they’ve been telling in the…

Councilman strip-searched for using profanity in complaint to police

A city councilman in Pennsylvania has filed a federal lawsuit against Gilberton mayor Mary Lou Hannon and police chief Mark Kessler after being arrested and strip-searched for using profanity in a voicemail. The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed the lawsuit (PDF) Thursday on behalf of Gilberton Borough Councilman…

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