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Elizabeth Warren for Senate exploratory committee goes live

Elizabeth Warren, the consumer advocate and former adviser to President Barack Obama, established an exploratory committee Thursday ahead of declaring herself a 2012 Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate. The site, ElizabethforMA.com, allows users to sign up to receive email updates, recruit their friends via Facebook and make campaign contributions.…

Bachmann claims she worked for the IRS to ‘know’ her ‘enemy’

How radical is Rep. Michele Bachmann? The Minnesota Republican claimed Thursday that she went to work for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), after graduating with a degree in tax law, because it was part of a secret plan to take them down. “I went to work in that system because…

Missouri Lt. Gov. and tea party favorite denies obsession with stripper

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R) continues to defend himself against allegations that he was close with a former stripper and early nineties Penthouse Pet, Tammy Chapman. His most recent defense strategies have involved denial, religion and attempts to smear the publication that first discovered his dirty strip club laundry.…

Study: Cell phone radiation may reduce sperm count

A study published this week (PDF) in the Journal of Andrology claims that prolonged exposure to cellular phone radiation may reduce sperm count and overall reproductive health in male humans and animals. Though the study cautions that much more research is needed, the conclusions are rather stark for male cell…

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…

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