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House passes bill to avert government shutdown

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives on Thursday approved a stopgap spending bill to avert a looming government shutdown and keep key agencies open to October 4, sending it to President Barack Obama. The Senate had passed the legislation, known as a “continuing resolution” or “CR” late Monday, as…

Romney regains top Republican spot for 2012: poll

WASHINGTON — White House hopeful Mitt Romney has vaulted over rival Rick Perry to reclaim the top spot in the Republican bid to challenge President Barack Obama next year, a national poll found. A Fox News poll released late Wednesday said 23 percent of registered US voters surveyed backed Romney…

FBI to update 80-year-old, women-only rape definition

The Federal Bureau of Investigation currently defines rape the same way it has for the last 80 years: “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.” After continued activist pressure, the FBI is considering rewriting that definition to better reflect that actual number of sexual assaults that…

Alleged Pentagon bomb plotter indicted in Boston

BOSTON (Reuters) – A U.S. man who allegedly plotted to fly explosives-laden model planes into the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol was indicted by a federal grand jury in Boston on Thursday. The six-count indictment of Rezwan Ferdaus also covered the Ashland, Massachusetts, resident’s efforts to provide support and resources…

Fox poll shows new momentum for Romney campaign

Results of a national Fox News poll released today show former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney retaking the lead in the field of Republican presidential hopefuls. Romney polled at 23 percent according to the new poll, inching over Perry’s 19 percent vote share. Romney only gained 1 percent since the last…

The Onion sparks investigation at Capitol after satirical tweets about gunfire

A series of tweets from parody news site The Onion has sparked an investigation at the U.S. Capitol, according to the Washington Post. The Onion sent out a series of tweets riffing on the idea that a bipartisan group of Congress members had taken a group of schoolchildren hostage during…

Rick Perry fires ‘relaxing’ sniper rifle in official campaign video

In an official campaign video released Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry explained that shooting sniper rifles was his version of golf. “This is my golf,” the candidate said, praising the owners of a gun shop that “make the finest sniper rifles in the world.” “I’m still trying to get…

SC GOP chair blasts ‘rogue state’ Florida for trying to move primary

South Carolina GOP Chairman Chad Connelly promised Thursday to do whatever was necessary to make sure his state continued to have the first primary in the South. In a vote Friday, a Florida state commission is expected to move their primary to January 31, 2011, which would be earlier than…

Columnist offers to fund drug tests for Florida lawmakers

Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Wednesday that he would be willing to pay for drug tests for the Florida lawmakers who voted to drug test welfare recipients. “Interestingly, the governor’s pee-in-the-cup mandate doesn’t apply to the one bunch that whizzes away more tax dollars than anyone…

U.S. man charged in DC aerial bomb plot

A US follower of al-Qaeda was arrested Wednesday on charges of planning to fly explosive-packed, remote controlled airplanes into the Pentagon and the US Capitol, authorities said. Rezwan Ferdaus, 26, was arrested and charged with the aerial bombing plot to attack Washington and attempts to deliver bomb-making materials for use…

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