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Donald Trump: Media made ‘birther’ a negative word

Billionaire real estate mogul and television celebrity Donald Trump blamed the media Sunday for marginalizing those who do not believe President Barack Obama was born in the United States. “It’s a very strange situation, that’s all I can tell you,” Trump, a potential Republican presidential candidate, said on CNN’s State…

White House dismisses ‘sideshow’ Trump

WASHINGTON – The White House dismissed Donald Trump as a “sideshow” on Sunday and said there was no way the billionaire businessman would be “hired” by the American people as president in 2012. Trump, renowned for his New York bluster, is considering a tilt at the White House and according…

Evidence against 9/11 plotters revealed

WASHINGTON – US prosecutors compiled lots of evidence against the five men accused of having organized the September 11 attacks on the United States, but not until this week have details been fully revealed. The indictment charging self-professed mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others was unsealed when US Attorney…

Petraeus fends off talk of CIA job

KABUL – General David Petraeus, US commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan, admitted he had held talks about his future Saturday while batting away questions about whether he could be the next CIA director. National Public Radio in the United States reported Monday that Petraeus, who is expected to leave…

Idaho Republicans ‘run amok’, sue taxpayers for $100K

According to Spokane, Washington’s Spokesman-Review, Republicans in the Idaho state legislature rushed a bill through in the final days of the legislative session to pay the Idaho Republican Party $100,000 in attorney’s fees and legal costs for a primary election lawsuit that it brought against the state and won.  81% of…

Madoff’s secret shame: Danielle Steel

Bernie Madoff, the infamous Ponzi schemer who has been imprisoned since 2009, granted his second jailhouse interview since the beginning of his incarceration. Not only did he tell the Financial Times the long story of his deception and the reason he fell down the rabbit hole of fraud (“I was…

Obama takes a victory lap — around the Lincoln Memorial

In light of last night’s narrowly avoided government shutdown, President Barack Obama is evidently feeling proud of the deal he struck. He’s showing it by taking a victory lap around D.C. According to the press pooler assigned to the president today, Obama spent about 10 minutes this afternoon at the…

Sidney Lumet, ‘Network’ director, dies at 86

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sidney Lumet, the American film director known for inspiring top-notch performances from actors in a stream of classic films including “12 Angry Men,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Network” and “Fail-Safe,” died on Saturday at age 86, the New York Times said. His stepdaughter, Leslie Gimbel, said Lumet died of lymphoma at his…

NY serial killer could be a cop: investigators

Echoing the popular TV show Showtime, Dexter, in which a cop leads a double life as a serial killer, New York cops think the serial killer who has murdered at least four women may be a former or current law enforcement official, the New York Times reports. Investigators say that…

Wisconsin court candidates hire Bush and Franken’s recount lawyers

Though neither of the candidates in the Wisconsin Supreme Court justice race, JoAnne Kloppenburg and incumbent David Prosser, have officially called for a recount, state officials and the candidates themselves are preparing for one. Kloppenburg’s campaign staff has set up a fund, the Kloppenburg for Justice Committee, to pay legal…

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