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Ohio bill would allow recall of governor, lawmakers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – Ohio Democratic legislators are proposing a bill that would allow voters to recall Governor John Kasich, who has signed a controversial bill limiting collective bargaining for public workers. State Representative John Hagen said voters in 17 states, including Wisconsin, where a similar bill was passed, can…

Boehner: ‘There is no daylight between the tea party and me’

House Speaker John Boehner confirmed during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Thursday just how close he was to the tea party regarding a government shut down. “There is no daylight between the tea party and me,” he said Watch this video from ABC’s Good Morning America, broadcast April 7,…

Exclusive: Obama has taken a ‘profoundly troubling’ position on assassinations, ACLU tells Raw

Disclosure of government secrets often has little to do with the public’s right to know and has everything to do an official’s need to tell, according to ACLU deputy director Jameel Jaffer. And that’s especially true when it comes to assassinations, which have not traditionally been an openly admitted component…

No deal after Obama’s late-night budget talks

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama failed to break a budget impasse with Republicans during dramatic late-night talks, though he said the two sides were creeping toward a deal to avert a government shutdown. Obama met Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid late…

Maddow asks Beltway media to ‘stop making out with Paul Ryan’

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow poked holes in Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget proposal Wednesday might and tore into mainstream media outlets for uncritically regurgitating some of the more unrealistic notions surrounding it. “If the Beltway media could stop making out with Paul Ryan for long enough to look at what’s actually…

Obama leads late-night budget talks

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama held crunch late-night talks with Washington’s top Republican seeking a deal to break a budget impasse threatening to shutter swathes of the US government. Obama earlier told Republicans to “quit playing games” while they accused him of lacking leadership, as a Friday deadline loomed to…

New Hampshire lawmaker apologizes for calling bishop a ‘pedophile pimp’

New Hampshire House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R) has apologized for calling a Catholic bishop a “pedophile pimp” after the bishop said the proposed House budget would hurt some of the neediest citizens of the state. During a rally at the New Hampshire Statehouse, Bishop John McCormack said he was…

Senate defeats bid to gut climate efforts

WASHINGTON — The US Senate on Wednesday rejected a bid to strip President Barack Obama of his power to regulate greenhouse gases, a move that could have thrown US efforts against climate change into chaos. The Senate, where Obama’s Democratic Party holds a majority, voted 50-50 on a bill to…

New Jersey Gov. Christie calls teachers union ‘political thugs’

New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie had harsh words for the state’s largest teacher’s union on Wednesday. In an interview Wednesday night, the governor told ABC’s World News host Diane Sawyer that New Jersey teachers were wonderful public servants but that the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) was a “group…

F/A-18 fighter crashes in California: US Navy

WASHINGTON – A US F/A-18 fighter jet crashed on Wednesday in California near a naval air base, a Navy official said. The crash occurred at about 12:00 pm (1900 GMT) “in a field near Naval Air Station Lemoore” in California’s rural central valley, the official, who spoke on condition of…

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