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Grassley knocks GOP 2012 field: ‘Only two or three of them are qualified to be president’

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA) doesn’t seem to have much faith in his party’s 2012 field. Grassley, a 20-year senator and the top Republican on the powerful finance committee, told Radio Iowa that “only two or three of them are qualified to be president.” Raw Story asked Grassley’s…

Jay Smooth to Chris Brown: ‘You’re getting off really easy’

Jay Smooth, the host of New York’s longest running hip-hop radio show, WBAI’s Underground Railroad, has a message for Chris Brown in the wake of his temper tantrum on the set of Good Morning America. Brown’s violent outburst in the wake of questions about his assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna led…

Exclusive: Progressive groups launch campaign to fight GOP’s ‘War on Women’

WASHINGTON – A trio of progressive and women’s groups will unveil a new front in their ongoing campaign Friday afternoon calling on House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to “stop the war on women,” Raw Story has first learned – a reference to the anti-abortion measures Republicans are advancing. The abortion-rights…

Kucinich: Obama impeachment ‘not going to happen’

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) stirred up plenty of buzz this week after telling Raw Story on Monday that President Barack Obama’s military campaign in Libya “would appear on its face to be an impeachable offense.” But Thursday on Fox Business, the Ohio Democrat put the matter to rest, saying that…

Sens. Schumer, Gillibrand join campaign supporting same sex marriage

New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer have become the latest notable figures to call for equal marriage rights for same sex couples. Both appeared in ads Wednesday created by the Human Rights Capaign (HRC). “Some say politicians have a hard time getting to the point,” said Schumer in…

UAW protests bank in attempt to gain wider support

DETROIT (Reuters) – The United Auto Workers, as part of an effort to broaden support among middle class Americans as it approaches bargaining with the three major U.S. automakers, on Thursday rallied at a downtown Detroit branch of the Bank of America. UAW President Bob King said the protest against…

Colorado Senate backs civil unions for same-sex couples

DENVER (Reuters) – A bill in the Colorado legislature that would grant same-sex couples civil unions with certain legal rights passed the Democrat-controlled Senate on Thursday. But the bill still faces a hurdle in the House of Representatives, where Republicans hold the majority. The Colorado Civil Unions Act would give…

Bachmann to kick off 2012 campaign by hiring a birther

WASHINGTON – Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has all but made it official that she’ll run for president in 2012. And the tea party darling’s first hire for her campaign, according to CNN, will be a prominent Iowa birther. On Thursday, Bachmann told ABC News, “I’m in for 2012,” but didn’t…

Astronaut hopes Giffords will be at shuttle launch

HOUSTON (Reuters) – NASA astronaut Mark Kelly said Thursday there was “a pretty good chance” his wife, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, critically injured in a shooting in January, will attend his space shuttle launch in Florida next month. Giffords was shot through the head as she met with constituents outside…

U.S. woman drugged banker husband with milkshake, then beat him to death

HONG KONG (Reuters) – A Hong Kong jury on Friday unanimously found an American woman guilty of murdering her Merrill Lynch banker husband in 2003, ending the lengthy retrial of a case that riveted the territory with tales of rough sex, marital violence and adultery. Nancy Kissel, who has appeared…

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