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U.S. arrests ‘Jewish Indiana Jones’ in Torah scam

NEW YORK — A self-styled “Jewish Indiana Jones” was arrested Wednesday for the unholy business of cheating Jews through a charity purporting to recover Torah scrolls lost in the Holocaust, US law enforcement said. Menachem Youlus, 50, allegedly defrauded the charity Save a Torah and its donors of hundreds of…

Teachers’ rap song blasts Education secretary for ‘pimping’ charter schools

A rap song created by a duo calling themselves “Two Teachers and a Microphone” slaps down U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for failing to acknowledge poverty and inequality, and accuses him of “pimping out Pearson and private charters.” The $4.35 billion Race to the Top competitive grant program initiated…

Romney stands firm in refusal to sign pro-life pledge

When Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry signed the Susan B. Anthony List’s anti-abortion pledge Wednesday, the pro-life group claimed a significant victory: they’ve gotten virtually all GOP candidates to vow to appoint only pro-life cabinet members and high-level administration personnel, as well as to promote anti-abortion legislation.…

Ron Paul: I’d get rid of the federal income tax

Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) told KHOU 11 News on Wednesday that he would like to eliminate the federal income tax because it encourages the “bureaucrats and politicians” to spend too much money. “You can’t get rid of the income tax unless you’d get rid of all the spending,” the 2012…

CBO: Budget deal cuts U.S. deficit in half over next decade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A sweeping U.S. budget deal has brightened the country’s fiscal outlook but unemployment will remain high over the near term, nonpartisan congressional forecasters said on Wednesday. The report by the Congressional Budget Office is likely to add fuel to the debate over jobs and the economy that…

US wants UN to free $1.5 billion of Libya aid

UNITED NATIONS — The United States called an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday to press for an easing of Libya sanctions so that it can send $1.5 billion of humanitarian aid. The 15-member council will meet from 3:00 pm (1900 GMT) to discuss a proposed US…

Perry flies past Romney to become frontrunner for GOP nomination: poll

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s popularity has risen dramatically enough that he is now the frontrunner for the Republican Party’s 2012 nomination for the presidency, according to recent polling numbers. Perry, who officially announced his candidacy August 13, has put a double-digit margin between himself and Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts…

NY GOP candidate: 9/11 volunteers shouldn’t be covered by health bill

The Republican vying for the congressional seat left vacant by former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) says that a 9/11 health care law shouldn’t cover workers who volunteered at Ground Zero. Bob Turner told The New York Daily News Editorial Board Tuesday that the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act…

Leaked cable: Vatican sees Latino socialist leaders as ‘dangerous’

Less than a month after disastrous National Assembly elections in 2005, U.S. officials met with the Vatican’s third highest ranking archbishop to discuss the church’s outlook on Venezuela along with the Vatican’s positions on a number of other Latin American leaders, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable published Wednesday by…

Perino: Jeb Bush being urged to run for president by father, brother

Former White House secretary and Fox commentator Dana Perino stated on Wednesday morning that Jed Bush is being urged to become the third Bush in the White House. And leading in that push are the two presidents in his family. When asked if she believed if he would run for…

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