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Senate Dems to Boehner: Ditch the tea party or shut down the government

WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats on Tuesday posed an ultimatum to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on the budget: Bring your tea party “extremists” in line or prepare for a government shutdown come April 8. On a conference call with reporters, Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Thomas Carper (D-DE) and…

Tennessee boys removed from their home after allegedly raping toddler

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Reuters) – Two Memphis boys, aged 7 and 9, alleged to have raped a 2-year-old girl last August were placed in protective custody on Monday. Shelby County Juvenile Court Magistrate Dan Michael turned the boys over to the state’s Department of Children’s Services after the prosecution asked that…

Palin disregards facts, massively inflates cost of Libya no-fly zone

Fox News employees Sarah Palin and Greta Van Susteren sat down last night to discuss the NATO-led no fly zone over Libya. In an apparent effort to put her foreign policy knowledge on display, Palin seemed aghast that the U.S. would spend over $600 million per day to protect civilian…

Jon Kyl: Christians are as victimized by hate crimes as Muslims in America

WASHINGTON – Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) implied Tuesday that Christians are as victimized by hate crimes as Muslims in the United States. Speaking at a hearing called by Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) about the civil rights of Muslim Americans, Kyl said, “I’m a bit perplexed by…

Fox News executive admits his attempt to link Obama to socialism was a lie

During the 2008 presidential campaign one Fox News executive repeatedly tried to smear Barack Obama with charges of “socialism.” Liberal watchdog group Media Matters has uncovered audio that indicates Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon was just engaging in what he called “mischievous speculation.” In 2009, Sammon told an…

Liberal groups launch emotional ad in Wisconsin aimed at recalling GOP lawmakers

WASHINGTON – In the wake of a devastating legislative defeat in Wisconsin, liberal groups have unleashed a new ad campaign against state Republican lawmakers who voted to strip the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions. The one-minute spot was created by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and Democracy…

‘I am not a witch’: Buffalo Beast editor running for Congress to replace Rep. humiliated on Craigslist

Exclusive interview: Journalist behind prank on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is on the ballot in New York’s 26th congressional district Ian Murphy has been at the lonely work of gonzo journalism for a while now, but it’s only recently that he’s achieved a level of national notoriety from his perch…

Walmart’s women workers take case to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear a potentially landmark labor case on whether 1.5 million women employed by retail giant Wal-Mart can file a discrimination lawsuit as one unified group. Female workers at the company, which is America’s largest employer, claim that over the years,…

US man pleads guilty to possession of ricin

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A US man pleaded guilty Monday to illegal possession of ricin, a naturally-occurring poison used in murder and political assassinations and feared as a potential bioterror weapon. Michael Crooker, 57, of the eastern US state of Massachusetts, also pleaded guilty to threatening a federal prosecutor, the US…

ACLU: Mississippi’s drug enforcement tactics amount to a ‘reign of terror’

Harsh sentencing policies and the use of confidential informants has created a racially discriminatory criminal justice system in Mississippi that harms innocent individuals and erodes the rule of law, according to a report released Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Mississippi. Mississippi’s drug laws force…

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