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GOP welfare bill mostly harms poor children: hunger-relief group

WASHINGTON – A hunger-relief group expressed deep concerns with a House GOP bill that would cap spending on food stamps, fearing it would target the least well-off and disproportionately harm children. “We’re very concerned that the food stamps provisions take us in exactly the wrong direction given the economic climate…

Muslim Bush appointee calls GOP 2012 contender ‘un-American’ for anti-Muslim remarks

The 2012 presidential elections may seem a long way off, but candidates are already emerging and distinguishing themselves from the hazy pack. In the case of conservative Herman Cain, his adamancy this weekend at the Conservative Principles Conference that he would never appoint a Muslim to federal bench or the Cabinet…

Ex-State Department spokesman has ‘no regrets’ for defending Manning

The former U.S. State Department spokesman who criticized the military’s treatment of Bradley Manning may have lost his job, but he’s not backing down. Manning is the Army private accused of handing over secret U.S. State Department cables to WikiLeaks. “I thought the treatment of Bradley Manning was undermining what…

Donald Trump positioning himself as the birther candidate

Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump appears to have found his niche: birtherism. And what is birtherism? It’s essentially a group of Republican conspiracy theoriests who believe President Obama wasn’t actually born in Hawaii and that his birth certificate was faked in order to make him eligible for the Presidency.…

Rolling Stone publishes graphic photos and videos from notorious Afghan ‘kill team’

Warning: This report links to highly graphic and disturbing photos Last week, the German magazine Der Spiegel was the first to publish three photographs from a group of drug-addled American soldiers who posed with innocent Afghans they had killed. The Der Spiegel article was disturbing enough, with blurred photos of…

Consumer spending up for eighth consecutive month

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending rose for an eighth straight month in February as households tapped savings to cover higher food and energy prices. Spending rose 0.7 percent in February after a 0.3 percent increase in January, and inflation accelerated at its fastest pace since June 2009, the Commerce Department said on Monday. Adjusted…

Government shutdown looms as budget deadline nears with little progress

WASHINGTON – With just 11 days left to break the stalemate and strike a budget deal with President Barack Obama, Congress on Monday faced the growing prospect of a government shutdown as negotiations had borne little fruit. Neither party has the patience to continue funding the government in few-week increments,…

Former Obama spox Gibbs in talks with Facebook

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook, the social networking giant, is seeking to hire former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs for a senior post, The New York Times reported. The newspaper reported on its website late on Sunday that Facebook is looking at Gibbs, once one of President Barack Obama’s closest aides, to help manage communications in advance of…

Raw Story exclusive: Willie Nelson’s prosecutor wants to see marijuana decriminalized

The Texas county attorney who’s letting musician Willie Nelson plea his marijuana charge down to a fee and a song told Raw Story in an exclusive interview that he wishes authorities could just drop the criminal penalties for pot altogether and make getting busted more like getting a parking ticket.…

Biden staff apologizes for keeping reporter in closet

Vice President Joe Biden’s communication team had to make an unusual apology last week for forcing a reporter to stay in closet. During a fundraiser at the Florida home of Alan Ginsburg, Biden’s staff escorted Orlando Sentinel reporter Scott Powers to a closet and asked him to stay there. “Turns…

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