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Huge surge in Hispanic population in US

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Hispanic population in the United States has grown to 50 million, becoming the largest minority with 16 percent of the population, according to US Census Bureau figures released Thursday. The Hispanic population grew by 43 percent in the past decade, accounting for more than half of…

US remains military muscle in Libya campaign

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States stepped aside to allow NATO to run Libya no-fly operations, but the US military’s enormous strike power remains the real muscle behind the coalition effort. Having held back before plunging into a mission with ill-defined objectives, Washington took the reins Saturday of a coalition…

Anti-marriage equality rally overwhelmed by student counter-protest

A rally in opposition to same sex marriage was out-flanked by hundreds of students Wednesday after marching onto the campus of Brown University in Rhode Island. About 15 members of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property held a rally at the campus. They wore black…

Indiana prosecutor told Wisconsin governor to stage ‘false flag’ operation

An Indiana prosecutor and Republican activist has resigned after emails show he suggested Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker stage a fake attack on himself to discredit unions protesting his budget repair bill. The Republican governor signed a bill on March 11 that eliminates most union rights for public employees. In an…

WikiLeaks lawyer Leonard Weinglass dies

WASHINGTON – Leonard Weinglass, a lawyer who gained notoriety representing US left-wing activists including the Chicago Seven and Pentagon Papers defendant Daniel Ellsberg, has died at 78, his law associate said Thursday. Weinglass, who recently worked with the defense team for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, died in his sleep Wednesday…

US unions vow to fight Republican attacks

DETROIT, Michigan – Embattled US union leaders met here Thursday and cast themselves as the defenders of the middle class, vowing to fight Republican attacks on teachers and government workers. “There’s a new generation of ideologues — I don’t even want to call them Republicans — out there that want…

Oldest US nuclear reactor: a ‘disaster’ in waiting?

LACEY, New Jersey – A sleepy New Jersey town has popped onto people’s radar screens because it has the oldest running nuclear power plant in the United States — and, some say, the most dangerous. Named for a Revolutionary War general, Lacey is the kind of American town that few…

Fringe conservative group claims U.S. Muslims have no free speech rights

The right to freedom of religion guaranteed in the United States Constitution doesn’t apply to Muslims, according to a blogger writing for a conservative Christian organization. Bryan Fischer, a blogger for the ultra-conservative American Family Association (AFA), declared Thursday that Muslims have no First Amendment rights in the United States.…

Kucinich tells Obama that he’ll push to defund Libya intervention

WASHINGTON – Refusing to let up on his outspoken opposition to the U.S. intervention in Libya, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) on Thursday sent a letter to President Barack Obama pledging to try and block funds for the military campaign. In the lengthy letter, Kucinich reiterated his questions regarding the constitutionality…

Florida Senate panel approves plan to drug test welfare recipients

A bill to mandate drug tests for welfare recipients was unanimously approved by a Florida Senate panel earlier this week, putting the proposal one step closer to coming up for a full Senate vote of approval. The legislation, S.B. 556, would also require that welfare applicants pay for their own…

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