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Canadian magazine Adbusters lit fuse for Wall Street protest

VANCOUVER, Canada — Protests against corporate power in the United States began in the basement of an old house in Vancouver, behind massive trees, down wooden stairs, past a box of soup cans for recycling, at the world headquarters of Adbusters magazine. Last July the counter-culture magazine, known for campaigns…

Boehner praises Obama on ‘war on terrorism’

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama has done a good job in battling Islamist extremism, accomplishing more than predecessor George W. Bush in Pakistan’s tribal areas, Republican House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday. “I think so far the president’s done just fine,” Boehner, one of Obama’s most fierce critics, said…

Romney jabs at Perry ‘jobs plan’ with empty book

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, riding resurgent momentum as the party’s front-runner, took aim at rival Rick Perry on Thursday by releasing the Texas governors jobs plan — a 114-page empty book. “GET YOUR COPY OF @GovernorPerry jobs plan here,” Romney press secretary Andrea Saul announced in a…

Gabrielle Giffords honors astronaut husband

WASHINGTON — US lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head earlier this year, honored her NASA astronaut husband Mark Kelly Thursday, at his White House naval retirement ceremony. Captain Kelly, who commanded one of the final space shuttle missions months after his wife was assaulted by a lone…

Eleven arrested as Los Angeles protests swell

LOS ANGELES — Eleven protestors were arrested Thursday in the biggest anti Wall Street-style demonstration yet in Los Angeles, with some 500 people rallying in the city’s downtown district, police said. Six men and five women were detained for trespassing by sitting down in the lobby of the Bank of…

Florida lawmaker hopes to repeal ‘dwarf-tossing’ prohibition

A Florida lawmaker has made headlines around the nation for his proposal to repeal a job destroying regulation in his state, namely the 1989 ban on “dwarf-tossing.” Republican state Rep. Ritch Workman introduced HB 4063 on Monday. The legislation would repeal provisions against the “exploitation of persons with dwarfism.” It…

Ron Paul: Economy is biased against the poor

Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said Thursday on CNN that the U.S. economic system was biased against the poor and middle-class. Paul was asked about a comment made by his fellow presidential candidate, Hermain Cain, who said that people should only blame themselves for not having a…

‘Occupy D.C.’ arrives in Freedom Plaza

A couple hundred protesters in Washington, D.C. affiliated with “Occupy D.C.” and “Stop the Machine” converged at Freedom Plaza on Thursday to protest corporate money in politics and wars overseas. Although the two groups are separate movements, they share many of the same goals and grievances. “We would like to…

Man arrested after burglars discover his child porn stash

A California man was arrested after two teenage burglars broke into his home and inadvertently stumbled upon his child pornography stash, according to Fox 40. The two burglars broke into the man’s home on September 12 and stole around 50 CD-Rs, which they believed to be blank. But after trying…

Biden: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ has a lot in common with the tea party

Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration in Manhattan and other cities was similar to the tea party movement. “What is the core of that protest, and why is it increasing in terms of the people it’s attracting?” he said at the third annual…

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