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Obama, Dems crush Bush-era fundraising record

President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign is off to a high-flying start after announcing a record breaking fundraising haul that dwarfs his predecessor’s financial prowess at the same time in his 2004 reelection efforts. Obama and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) said Wednesday morning that they had raised a combined…

Gay GOP candidate scorns Bachmann for anti-gay therapy

The field of Republicans vying for their party’s nomination for the 2012 presidential race is very broad, so it should come as no surprise that there’s room for plenty of room for odd happenings. Over the weekend, undercover investigations showed that Bachmann & Associates, the Minnesota Christian clinic owned by…

Colorado medical marijuana patient wins unemployment benefits

A Colorado man who was fired from his job after testing positive for medical marijuana properly obtained under state law has won an appeal that grants him full unemployment benefits, in spite of his former employer’s objections. Lauro Sosa’s claim for unemployment benefits was filed against the Swift Beef Company,…

ACLU sues to find out if Bush admin. tried to ‘discredit’ blogger

A liberal blogger wants to know if there is any truth to reports that the Bush administration tried to have the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) “discredit” him. The American Civil Liberty Union (ACLU) planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday to find out if the U.S. government kept a file on…

Murdoch drops British Sky Broadcasting buyout

Global media mogul Rupert Murdoch has dropped his $14 billion bid to take control of British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB), the network reported Wednesday morning. Word of the buyout cancellation comes shortly after British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that his government would investigate whether News Corporation properties engaged in an…

O’Reilly comes out in favor of tax increase

Conservative talk show host Bill O’Reilly said Tuesday night that Republicans must accept “revenue increases” for the government by way of tax hikes, specifically coming out in favor of a 1 percent national sales tax to help fix the U.S. budget. “That could raise $100 billion a year without hurting…

Wyoming joins Northern Rocky states seeking disaster aid

CODY, Wyoming (Reuters) – Governor Matt Mead asked on Tuesday for a presidential disaster declaration in Wyoming to free up federal funds to repair roads and bridge damaged by harsh winter weather and flooding. Mead became the third governor in the Northern Rockies to seek such a declaration stemming from…

Sisters sue New Jersey cemetery over grave mix-up

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Evelyn and Hortense Edwards spent two decades visiting what they thought was their mother’s grave in a New Jersey cemetery only to discover it contained the remains of a stranger, according to court papers. Now, the sisters are suing, seeking want $25 million in damages from…

Betty Ford remembered at California memorial service

PALM DESERT, Calif (Reuters) – Former first lady Betty Ford was remembered on Tuesday for her activism and pioneering work for addicts at a memorial service in California that drew leading political lights of the past four decades. First lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President George…

Arizona governor orders recall vote for immigration law author

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday ordered a special election for November 8 to decide the fate of a high-profile state lawmaker behind Arizona’s controversial immigration crackdown. Brewer ordered the vote to recall Republican Russell Pearce, the state senate’s president and chief architect of Senate Bill 1070,…

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