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Weiner spars with Hannity, Bachmann in shouting match over budget

Reps. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared Wednesday night on Fox News with Sean Hannity, and things sure got heated. In a seven-and-a-half minute segment filled with yelling and bitter sparring, Weiner took on the two staunch conservatives in an argument about the deficit, who’s responsible, and how…

U.S. shows growing alarm over Japan nuclear crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States showed increasing alarm about Japan’s nuclear crisis on Wednesday and urged its citizens to stay clear of an earthquake-crippled power plant, going further in its warnings than Japan itself. The State Department said the United States has chartered aircraft to help Americans leave Japan…

Worried Hawaiians rush for iodine supplements

HONOLULU – Hawaiians are rushing to get iodide pills to protect against radioactivity from a quake-crippled Japanese nuclear power plant, according to store owners on the Pacific island US state. While officials on Hawaii — 4,000 miles (6,500 kilometers) east of Japan — warned that taking potassium iodide could have…

US military computer networks vulnerable: general

WASHINGTON – The US military has made huge strides in hardening its computer networks against cyberattack but more remains to be done, the Pentagon’s top cyberwarrior said Wednesday. “I would give us today probably a ‘C,’ going up,” General Keith Alexander said when asked during a House Armed Services Committee…

Senator Lieberman: Iran seeks nuclear weapons

WASHINGTON – An influential US Senator said Wednesday after a closed-door, classified intelligence briefing on Iran that Tehran is working “seriously” to develop nuclear weapons. “I can’t say much in detail, but it’s pretty clear that they’re continuing to work seriously on a nuclear weapons program,” Independent Senator Joe Lieberman,…

Treatment of accused WikiLeaks source ‘cruel and unusual’: ACLU

In a letter sent to Defense Secretary Robert Gates today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the Department of Defense’s treatment of 23-year-old Pfc. Bradley Manning was a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution. Manning faces numerous charges for stealing classified files and is suspected as the source of…

House panel votes to defund NPR after emergency GOP hearing

WASHINGTON – The House Rules Committee on Wednesday voted 6-5 to defund National Public Radio after an emergency hearing called by Republicans, sending the measure to the floor for debate Thursday. The committee examined and approved H.R. 1070, a bill designed “to prohibit Federal funding of National Public Radio,” the…

Republican lawmaker blames 11-year-old victim of alleged gang rape

Elected officials should know better than to blame the victim of a sex crime. While it’s a common tactic of abusers, it’s something no one expected of Republican Florida state Rep. Kathleen Passidomo. During debate over a bill that would legislate a dress code for Florida students, Passidomo blamed the…

Rush Limbaugh mocks Japan, jokes that ‘Gaia’ struck because they’re environmentalists

Republican radio talk show kingpin Rush Limbaugh got a kick out of one caller today who suggested that since Japan is so environmentally friendly, maybe the Earth or “Gaia” reached out and slapped them for it. Limbaugh seemed so amused by the theory that he ran with it, turning a…

Sharron Angle: I’m running for Congress in 2012

Failed GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle announced Wednesday that she will seek a House seat in 2012, passing up another Senate run in favor of a reliably conservative Nevada district that she stands a much better chance of winning. The ever-colorful Angle earned the fury of liberals for remarks about…

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