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News outlets sue Wisconsin governor over lack of response to email requests

Isthmus, an alternative newsweekly in Madison, WI, announced on Friday that it has filed a lawsuit against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker under that state’s Open Records Law. On February 17, Walker claimed to have received more than 8000 emails on his budget repair bill, with the majority urging him to…

House Democratic Whip opposes Boehner plan to defend DOMA

In a statement released on Friday, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer indicated his opposition to a plan announced by Speaker John Boehner to have the House of Representatives intervene in cases involving the Defense of Marriage Act. Boehner had asserted earlier on Friday that “the constitutionality of this law should…

Alabama bill to ban Sharia law was cribbed from Wikipedia

The introduction of bills to ban the use of Sharia law in American courts has become something of a fad among conservative lawmakers, who see political benefits in presenting themselves as standing firm against supposed cultural encroachment by American Muslims. Sharia is an Islamic code of personal behavior that forms…

Florida court rules governor can kill high-speed rail line

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) – About $2.4 billion in federal funds for a high-speed rail project in Florida will go elsewhere after the state’s Republican governor rejected the deal out of hand, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said on Friday. LaHood said the Obama administration was pulling the plug on the…

Huckabee denies attacking Natalie Portman

On Top Magazine Mar 04, 2011 Possible presidential candidate and conservative celebrity Mike Huckabee has denied he ever described actress Natalie Portman as a bad role model. The former Arkansas governor denied he ever attacked Portman for deciding to become an unwed mother. Portman, who is engaged to ballet choreographer…

Boehner plans to defend DOMA in court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Republican in the House of Representatives said on Friday he will seek to do what the Obama administration no longer does — defend a 15-year-old federal law against same-sex marriage. Speaker John Boehner said he disagrees with President Barack Obama’s recent determination that the Defense…

Columbia University considers ending ban on military program

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Columbia University considers ending ban on military program

NEW YORK (AFP) – US soldiers today face combat in some far-flung places, but it’s the battle for Columbia University, right in Manhattan, that could say most about the country they represent. At issue is whether the prestigious college will end a ban on a military cadet program known as…

Exclusive: Legalization activists slam Obama’s renewed commitment to drug war

WASHINGTON – The pro-legalization group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition fretted that President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon were embarking on a counterproductive mission after the two pledged “renewed cooperation” on the drug war Thursday. “Legalization is the only way to end the cartel violence, just like ending alcohol…

Exclusive: Walker and his ‘palace guards’ look to sow ‘chaos,’ tackled Wisc. Dem lawmaker tells Raw

‘Scott Walker thinks that the Capitol is some sort of palace and he has his own palace guards’ A Wisconsin lawmaker who was tackled by police while trying to get into the Capitol Thursday says the blame lies squarely with Gov. Scott Walker (R). Wisconsin state Rep. Nick Milroy (D)…

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