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McConnell: Cut safety net to prevent tax hikes

WASHINGTON — Republican US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that he favored cuts to popular safety net programs but opposed tax hikes on the rich as part of a plan to rein in galloping US debt. “The country needs economic growth and fiscal responsibility, not higher taxes and…

New York maid files civil suit against Strauss-Kahn

NEW YORK — The maid accusing French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape filed a civil suit Monday in New York alleging a “sadistic attack” and seeking unspecified compensation. The civil suit was filed as prosecutors deliberate over whether they will drop sex assault charges against Strauss-Kahn, or take the…

Appeals court rules Rumsfeld can be held liable for torture of U.S. civilians in Iraq

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Monday refused to dismiss a lawsuit against former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for creating policies that caused American civilians to be tortured by the U.S. military in Iraq. In a 2 to 1 decision, the court ruled that the…

Wall Street plunges after S&P’s U.S. debt downgrade

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks plummeted for the second straight session, driving the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq down 6 percent on Monday in the first session since Standard & Poor’s cut the nation’s perfect AAA credit rating. The downgrade — the first in the country’s history — reflected investors’ rising fear…

Dept. of Education allows states to sidestep No Child Left Behind

The White House announced that it would use executive orders to reform parts of No Child Left Behind, a controversial Bush-era bill that targets underperforming schools and sanctions those that don’t meet set federal standards. No Child Left Behind set a standard that there would be 100 percent proficiency in…

GOP Rep. falsely claims ‘revenues’ had ‘nothing’ to do with U.S. downgrade

Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a favorite among tea party Republicans, insisted Monday during an appearance on the conservative Fox News Channel that a refusal to increase government revenues through taxes had “nothing” to do with Standard & Poor’s dropping America’s credit rating last week. Unfortunately for West, that’s patently false,…

Cop accused of rape gets prison for misconduct

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former police officer, cleared of rape charges but convicted of official misconduct, was sentenced on Monday to one year in prison for repeatedly returning to the apartment of a drunken woman while on duty. Former New York City Police Officer Kenneth Moreno and his co-defendant,…

Obama defends America’s credit

US President Barack Obama vowed Monday that America would always be a “triple A country,” fiercely defending US credit after a historic debt downgrade and saying the economy could be fixed with political will. Speaking against a backdrop of tumbling global stock markets, Obama said he would present his own…

Hartmann: It’s time ‘to abolish the institution of corporate personhood’

Russia Today host Thom Hartmann once again slammed the growth of big business power in America, asking the nation’s citizens to “abolish the institution of corporate personhood. On his show Monday morning, the liberal host also added how the number of lobbyists has more than doubled from the last Congress,…

Hartmann: It’s time ‘to abolish the institution of corporate personhood’

Russia Today host Thom Hartmann once again slammed the growth of big business power in America, asking the nation’s citizens to “abolish the institution of corporate personhood. On his show Monday morning, the liberal host also added how the number of lobbyists has more than doubled from the last Congress,…

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