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Tom Coburn: ‘Good thing I can’t pack a gun on the Senate floor’

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) said Thursday that he was only joking when he suggested that he might shoot lawmakers over U.S. financial problems. At a town hall event in Langley, Oklahoma Wednesday, Coburn pushed back on criticism of President Barack Obama and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, placing the blame for…

GOP Colorado rep pushes to overturn bilingual ballot requirement

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) introduced legislation to overturn part of the 1973 Voting Rights Act, which requires that areas with large minority populations make bilingual voting materials available. “Whether or not dual-language ballots are used ought to be up to local election officials and shouldn’t be mandated by the federal…

Top Hollywood editor for News of the World arrested in hacking probe

The News Corp. hacking scandals may have just come to U.S. shores. James Desborough, the former Los Angeles editor for News of the World who’d previously won awards for his show business coverage in London, has been arrested by authorities investigating allegations of criminal hacking and rampant corruption. Desborough is…

Court refuses to hear Phil Spector appeal

The California Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from American rock producer Phil Spector, who was sentenced to 19 years in prison in 2009 after being convicted of murder. The ruling upheld an earlier appeals court decision in May, as the state’s highest court rejected the appeal request from…

Obama poll numbers on economy hit new low

The number of Americans who approve of President Barack Obama’s handling of the sour US economy has slumped to an all-time low for him of 26 percent, according to a poll released Wednesday. The respected Gallup organization’s findings showed the embattled president down 11 points since mid-May on an issue…

Sen. Grassley: SEC may have covered up bank wrongdoings

WASHINGTON — A US senator said Wednesday that the Securities and Exchange Commission may have destroyed thousands of documents related to probes into possible violations by major banks and hedge funds. Senior Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said that “an agency whistle-blower” sent him a letter that described the SEC’s allegedly…

Ronald Reagan mural vandalized with Hitler mustache

Vandals on Monday spray painted a “Hitler-style” mustache on a large mural of Ronald Reagan that covers a wall at the Putnam County Republican Party headquarters in Tennessee. News Channel 5 reported that people could be seen laughing in their cars while others stopped to take photos. The chairman of…

Dennis Kucinich: Constitutional scholar Obama ignoring the Constitution

Appearing Wednesday on Fox Business, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) said the the Congress was “catching up” to President Barack Obama on the issue of the conflict in Libya. “The Constitution makes it manifestly clear that only Congress has the power to send our young men and women into war,” Kucinich…

Just one in four Americans like Obama on economy

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans who approve of President Barack Obama’s handling of the sour US economy has slumped to an all-time low for him of 26 percent, according to a poll released Wednesday. The respected Gallup organization’s findings showed the embattled president down 11 points since mid-May on…

Frank Schaeffer: Bachmann wants to replace American democracy with Christian theocracy

Former evangelical Christian Frank Schaeffer told Democracy Now on Wednesday that Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann wanted to turn the United States into the Christian version of modern-day Iran. “She comes from a fringe even of the fringe, which is the Reconstructionist, Dominionist movement, that honestly, in the best of…

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