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Mystery million dollar Romney donor revealed

The individual behind the shell company W Spann LLC, which formed long enough to donate a million dollars to the Mitt Romney presidential campaign then disappeared, has been revealed to be Ed Conrad, a former executive at Bain Capital, the investment firm Romney helped found in 1984. Talking Points Memo…

SEAL Team 6, unit that killed Osama bin Laden, died in helicopter crash: AP

The Associated Press reported that the majority of the 31 American troops killed Saturday when the Taliban shot down a military helicopter over Afghanistan were members of SEAL Team 6, the elite team that killed Osama bin Laden in May. Afghan President Hamid Karzai delivered news of the 38 total…

Tea party leader compares Wisconsin liberals to Nazi stormtroopers

Wisconsin’s political turmoil continues, and with the August 9 recall elections of six Republican state senators just days away, the rhetoric is hotter than ever. At a recent state fair, many progressive activists showed up wearing red shirts to protest Gov. Scott Walker (R). Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips,…

Bachmann releases list of 100+ faith-based endorsements

While Texas Gov. Rick Perry conducts a National Day of Prayer in the Lone Star State, Republican presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) continues to reach out to faith leaders in Iowa. Bachmann has spoken at a different church in the politically important early primary state every Sunday, and yesterday…

WATCH LIVE: Rick Perry’s National Day of Prayer in Texas

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is holding a National Day of Prayer at Reliant Stadium in Houston Saturday. Some see the controversial event as an attempt to claim some limelight ahead of declaring a bid for the GOP’s 2012 nomination for the presidency. Progressive groups have called the event “inappropriate.”…

US helicopter crash in Afghanistan kills 38 troops

Thirty-one US special forces died in Afghanistan when the Taliban shot down their helicopter, officials said Saturday, the deadliest incident for foreign troops in the decade-long war. The Americans were killed alongside seven Afghan soldiers during an anti-Taliban operation late Friday when a rocket fired by the insurgents struck their…

US Postal Service warns it could default

The US Postal Service warned on Friday that it could default on payments it owes the federal government, just days after the US government itself narrowly averted a default. The government’s mail service said it lost $3.1 billion in the period from April to June, blaming “the anemic state of…

Reporters say they were attacked by security guards at right-wing conference

Two reporters for ThinkProgress allege that they were “attacked by security guards for no apparent reason” on Thursday at a conference of the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The guards told Scott Keyes and Lee Fang that they had to stop filming and leave the lobby area, but when…

Navy veteran and former contractor suing Rumfeld for alleged torture

Navy veteran and former contractor Donald Vance is suing former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld over the torture he alleges he suffered in Iraq when he was held by the U.S. military at Camp Cropper in Baghdad for 97 days. He says that when he went to Iraq in 2004,…

Navy veteran and former contractor suing Rumfeld for alleged torture

Navy veteran and former contractor Donald Vance is suing former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld over the torture he alleges he suffered in Iraq when he was held by the U.S. military at Camp Cropper in Baghdad for 97 days. He says that when he went to Iraq in 2004,…

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