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Tea Party faithful rally against taxes

WASHINGTON — As spending debates rage in Washington, thousands of conservative Tea Party loyalists rallied nationwide Saturday against taxes and big government, fired up for a 2012 US election battle. Several dozen Tea Party movement rallies kicked off, including in Madison, Wisconsin, where 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin…

Republicans gamble on long-term spending cuts

WASHINGTON — Republicans have gambled on a risky course to deny President Barack Obama reelection in 2012: deep long-term spending cuts that could cost them critical support from elderly voters. Republicans owed their November 2010 rout of Democrats in large part to Americans over 65, who went for the party…

Mystery illnesses plague Louisiana oil spill crews

RACELAND, Louisiana — Jamie Simon worked on a barge in the oily waters for six months following the BP spill last year, cooking for the cleanup workers, washing their clothes and tidying up after them. One year later, the 32-year-old said she still suffers from a range of debilitating health…

Fifth air controller caught sleeping, US schedules to change

WASHINGTON – THE US Federal Aviation Administration announced on Saturday it is overhauling work rotations of air traffic controllers after yet another controller fell asleep on a midnight shift. The FAA said it will prohibit ‘scheduling practices that have been identified as those most likely to result in air traffic…

Palin in Wisconsin: Obama policies a ‘bullet-train to bankruptcy’

Sarah Palin appeared before a mixed crowd of Tea Party supporters and protesters waving signs bearing slogans like “Union thug with lipstick” at a rally in Madison, Wisconsin today.  According to the Wisconsin Sentinel-Journal. the former Alaska governor expressed her support for Governor Scott Walker and his plan to limit…

Toll of deadliest storm system this season rises to 17

At least 17 have died in the last two days as a result of the severe weather tearing across the southern United States, CNN reports. Hundreds of callers reported tornadoes that downed power lines, wrecked houses and downed trees. Deaths have been reported in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Oklahoma, according…

Lawrence O’Donnell: Enough with the royal wedding! Remember the Revolution?

Two billion people are estimated to watch next weekend’s royal wedding, and MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell takes extreme issue with that. Despite the three war fronts, radioactivity in Japan, the evolving 2012 presidential field and any number of other stories, the media’s collective lens will be turned on Will and Kate.…

Rep. Weiner: There is no ‘bill fairy,’ GOP budget plan won’t work

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show Friday night to talk about the House budget vote, which no Democrats supported. A big problem with the Republicans’ budget plan, he said, was that it shifts burdens from the federal budget to local budgets — meaning, it’s still taxpayer…

LA Lakers to work with gay rights group after Kobe Bryant incident

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) are planning to work together to eliminate the use of anti-gay language in basketball. “We want to reaffirm our commitment to all our fans and our appreciation for the support we receive from all…

Colbert invokes Citizens United to create a SuperPAC

Two weeks ago, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert announced that he was forming his own ColbertPAC for the 2012 elections. This Thursday, he raised the subject again, explaining that he had hoped to “run political ads which — and this is true — legally must be produced without the candidates’ participation…

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