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Three Pakistanis plead guilty to U.S. terror charges

WASHINGTON — Three Pakistani nationals pleaded guilty before a US court Monday to terrorism-related charges of supporting the Pakistani Taliban, Justice Department officials said. At a hearing before US District Judge John Bates in Washington, the three — Irfan Ul Haq, 37; Qasim Ali, 32; and Zahid Yousaf, 43 —…

Arizona ‘Goddess Temple’ members arrested for prostitution

PHOENIX, Arizona — Police in Arizona have arrested 20 members of an American group called the “Goddess Temple” for allegedly offering sexual services online under the guise of religious healing. Officers went undercover and are working to track down another 17 suspects, said Phoenix Police Sergeant Steve Martos, with more…

Chamber of Commerce radio ad targets Obama’s ‘radical pro-union agenda’

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched a radio advertisement on Monday attacking what it called the Obama administration’s “aggressive and radical pro-union agenda.” The ad will air on radio stations in Florida, Missouri, Montana, and Virginia. It takes aim at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the U.S. Department…

Rick Perry chasing Sheriff Joe’s endorsement

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is reportedly seeking “America’s Toughest Sheriff” Joe Arpaio’s endorsement for president, the Texas Tribune reported. Arpaio heads the police in Maricopa County, Arizona and is notoriously tough on immigration. Perry, a border state governor who in the past has expressed interest in guest worker programs…

Jackie Kennedy wanted to stay with JFK in nuclear war

WASHINGTON — John F. Kennedy’s wife Jacqueline pleaded with him to allow her and their children stay with him in event of a nuclear Armageddon, around the time of the Cuban missile crisis, a report on new audio tapes said Monday. The transcripts are being released in a book this…

Tax rate adjustments to pay for Obama jobs plan

The president’s $447 billion plan for tax incentives and infrastructure spending to create new jobs would be paid for by adjusting the tax rates of wealthy Americans, such as hedge funds managers and corporate jet owners, laying the burden of continued economic recovery at the feet of those who’ve seen…

ACLU’s Mike German: Domestic surveillance no longer based on probable cause

American Civil Liberties Union policy counsel and former FBI agent Mike German sat down with Reason.tv to discuss the expansion of surveillance programs since 9/11, noting the government and law enforcement agencies had become obsessed with collecting data. “We’ve moved away from surveillance based on individualized suspicion, the Fourth Amendment…

NC GOP lawmaker: Gays could ‘lose rights’ without marriage ban

Republican state Rep. Dale Folwell, who is co-sponsoring an effort to make marriage discrimination a part of North Carolina’s state constitution, asserted Monday that without the constitutional amendment, LGBT people would actually be at a risk of losing rights. To back up his argument, Folwell cited a decision by the…

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to endorse Rick Perry

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) will endorse Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president, CNN reported. Jindal will also be Perry’s guest at the Tea Party/CNN Republican presidential debate Monday night. Jindal is currently on his way to the debate site in Tampa, CNN’s sources said. Another Republican presidential candidate, Mitt…

Penn. township challenges fracking with ballot initiative

A small township in western Pennsylvania is fighting back against fracking and attempting to write a ban on the practice into their local Bill of Rights, but they may be thwarted by their own town council. Peters Township in Washington County, population 21,213, is home to the Peters Township Marcellus…

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