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Oregon Rep. Wu to resign over sex allegations

Rep. David Wu (D-OR), despite insisting to colleagues that he had done “nothing illegal,” announced Tuesday that he will resign, according to the Associated Press. The congressman is facing scrutiny after a teenage girl’s accusation that she had an “unwanted sexual encounter” with him over Thanksgiving last year. Wu released…

Racial wealth gap greatest in quarter century

If it seems like the consequences of the dire economic climate keep rushing on, that’s because they are. A new Pew Research Center analysis of census data shows that the wealth gap between white people and minorities is the widest it has been in 25 years. The average white households’…

Three same-sex couples get married on the Broadway stage

Three couples took center stage — literally — Monday, a day after same-sex marriages became legal in New York. The couples were married onstage during the Broadway musical “Hair,” where they received a standing ovation and were serenaded by hundreds of cast and audience members with the memorable hit song…

GOP lawmaker admits he’s extorting Congress to rewrite Constitution

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Monday that he is giving Congress ten days to pass a constitutional amendment that would make raising taxes nearly impossible. And if he doesn’t get what he wants, he will do everything in his power to force the U.S. to default on…

U.S. debt talks limbo a ‘dangerous game’: Obama

President Barack Obama warned of a “deep economic crisis” if Washington fails to raise the US debt limit, and urged Americans in a speech to demand that Republicans compromise in stalled talks to avoid a default. A day shy of the one-week mark before the United States begins to run…

U.S. takes on Iraq pullout ‘one bite at a time’

From flyers warning troops the post office will shut soon to disused housing units waiting to be dispatched to their new destination, the signs are everywhere: US forces are packing up to leave Iraq more than eight years after they first arrived. The scale of the operation is unprecedented in…

More wildfires will transform U.S. national park: study

Climate change is likely to cause more frequent wildfires and may transform the forests and ecosystem of the iconic Yellowstone national park in the coming decades, a US study said Monday. Dense forests dominated by narrow lodgepole pines trees are currently a dominant feature of the picturesque tourist destination which…

Sen. Bernie Sanders: GOP doing everything it can to protect wealthiest Americans

After Barack Obama addressed the nation about the federal debt ceiling, MSNBC host Ed Schultz and Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders discussed the president’s speech and House Speaker John Boehner’s response. “For Republicans, it all starts and ends with President Obama’s failure,” Schultz said. He also noted that Boehner’s “Two…

John Boehner: I didn’t sign up for mano-a-mano with Obama

As House Speaker John Boehner left his office building after finishing his response to President Barack Obama’s remarks about averting economic calamity, CBS News’ Jill Jackson overhead him say, “I didn’t sign up for going mano-a-mano with the President of the United States.” During his address to the nation Monday…

Fox News: Ron Paul is a name you should watch out for

Fox reporter Steve Brown said Monday on the Fox News Channel that Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) was a name to watch out for in the race for the 2012 Republican nomination. “Ron Paul is a name that you probably should watch out for,” he said. “Some of the other Iowa…

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