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WATCH LIVE: Obama addresses the future of U.S. infrastructure

President Obama speaks about the need for infrastructure repair with the Brent Spence bridge in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a backdrop. Watch this live video from MSNBC, broadcast Sept. 22, 2011. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Arnold Schwarzenegger to publish memoir titled ‘Total Recall’

Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has garnered fame both as the former Republican governor of California and as an Austrian-born bodybuilding champion-turned-action movie star, announced that he will write a memoir for publication in October 2012. The book, according to Entertainment Weekly, will be titled “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.”…

Perry’s top environment official is ‘anti-science’: environmentalist

Amid the hubbub of trying to single out a nominee for the 2012 presidential election, some are thinking of a bigger picture — who the candidates’ potential cabinet members will be. Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has been his state’s executive for a decade, so some of his longest-standing advisers…

U.S. court rules that sunken treasure belongs to Spain

A US appeals court has ruled that treasure found on a ship that sunk more than 200 years ago and was recovered by a deep-sea exploration firm must be returned to Spain. The Odyssey company found the ship, “Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes,” at a depth of 1,700 feet (518…

GOP spending bill fails in House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives unexpectedly defeated a bill that would fund the federal government past September 30 on Wednesday as dozens of Republicans broke with their party to push for deeper spending cuts. The unexpected outcome was an embarrassment for House Republican leaders who have at times…

Troy Davis executed at Georgia prison after Supreme Court rejects appeal

Troy Anthony Davis, who was controversially convicted of the killing of an off-duty police officer, was executed by lethal injection at a state prison in Georgia at 11:08pm ET after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his appeal. “The U.S. justice system was shaken to its core as Georgia executed a…

Olbermann calls out media hypocrisy on ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest

Keith Olbermann pointed out Wednesday night on Countdown that the major newspapers had been ignoring the five-day-long “Occupy Wall Street” protests, but would have scrambled to cover a similar-sized tea party protest. “Why isn’t any major news outlet covering this?” he asked. “If that’s a tea party protest in front…

In memoriam: Troy Davis, Oct. 9, 1968 – Sept. 21, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday night refused to temporarily halt the execution of death row inmate Troy Davis, giving Georgia officials clearance to carry out his death sentence. The court had no comment on the order, which it made about four hours after Davis’ attorneys had filed the motion.…

Bob Barr: Witnesses recanting should have stopped Troy Davis execution

Former lawyer, Republican congressman and libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr said the fact that the vast majority of the witnesses had recanted in the Troy Davis case should have implored the Board of Pardons and Paroles to stop the execution. “There has been very substantial evidence of innocent that has…

Ku Klux Klan member executed over 1998 Texas murder

WASHINGTON — Lawrence Brewer, a 44-year-old white man affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan, was executed Wednesday for the racially-motivated murder of a disabled black man in 1998, prison officials said. Brewer was pronounced dead at 6:21 pm local time, 10 minutes after receiving a lethal injection charged at Texas’…

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