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Plane evacuated in Oakland after bomb threat

LOS ANGELES — An Alaska Airlines plane was evacuated on Monday after a bomb threat was received while it was en route to San Francisco, although no explosives were found, an airport spokeswoman said. All 132 passengers and crew were taken off after the plane was escorted to a remote…

Texas Republican accused of gerrymandering his district

Republican State Representative Aaron Pena lied about his involvement with a redistricting plan that swaps his Democratic district out for a conservative seat, according to Texas Democrats. “We have a Republican member of the redistricting committee caught lying about his role in the drawing of a district so blatantly discriminatory…

Man escapes prison with homemade nunchucks

An inmate in the St. Louis city jail escaped Friday after fighting off more than a dozen correctional officers using a self-made pair of nunchucks then climbing to his freedom over a barbed wire and razor fence, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The prisoner, 31-year-old Lorenzo Pollard, was caught and…

Whistleblowers: Drug cartels throw fundraisers for U.S. officials

Two former law enforcement officials who worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as confidential informants on probes into police corruption have come forward with allegations of drug cartel ties to top cops, judges and elected officials. Greg Gonzales, a retired sheriff’s deputy, and Wesley Dutton, a former New…

Former WI Gov. Tommy Thompson moves forward with Senate run

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) announced Monday that he has filed papers necessary for his candidacy for the Wisconsin Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) in 2012. However, Thompson stopped short of making an official campaign announcement. A campaign spokesman told Raw Story that an announcement…

Former Bachmann manager: She’s probably done after Iowa

It doesn’t bode well for your election prospects when your former campaign manager discusses your weaknesses on cable news. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) will have to deal with that scenario, as Ed Rollins told MSNBC on Monday that the congresswoman will struggle to keep up with her main rivals as…

Former Bachmann manager: She’s probably done after Iowa

It doesn’t bode well for your election prospects when your former campaign manager discusses your weaknesses on cable news. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) will have to deal with that scenario, as Ed Rollins told MSNBC on Monday that the congresswoman will struggle to keep up with her main rivals as…

Strauss-Kahn ‘rape attempt’ writer to go primetime

French writer Tristane Banon, who has accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempting to rape her in 2003 will appear on primetime television Monday, a day after the former IMF chief broke his media silence. Tristane Banon, a 32-year-old French author who is the daughter of a family friend of Strauss-Kahn, has…

Obama: Rich must pay fair share of deficit cuts

An impassioned President Barack Obama set up an acerbic and personal clash with Republicans Monday, demanding $1.5 trillion in new taxes on the rich in a plan aimed at slashing the deficit. “This is not class warfare, it is math,” Obama declared, arguing that without tax increases on those who…

WikiLeaks auctions memorabilia to raise funds

Fancy a signed version of a WikiLeaks diplomatic cable, or a sachet of coffee smuggled out of jail by Julian Assange? Then the cash-strapped whistleblowing website has the auction for you. With its coffers empty because of the blocking of credit card payments by major operators including Visa and MasterCard,…

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