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Bryan Fischer praises Gov. Rick Perry for uniting politics and Christianity

Bryan Fischer, the Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy at the American Family Association, on his radio show Monday praised Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry for initiating a Christian prayer summit on August 6 in Houston. Fischer said the United States needs to get back to a…

Author of ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill says his legislation is not dead

Tennessee state Senator Stacey Campfield (R) doesn’t think his bill to limit the teaching of sexuality to “natural reproduction” is dead, contrary to the opinion of Gov. Bill Haslam. Haslam told The City Paper that the bill “didn’t pass and probably is never going to pass.” The legislation would prohibit…

Swiss man charged with U.S. tax fraud conspiracy

WASHINGTON — A Swiss man has been charged with conspiracy to defraud the US government after he allegedly helped clients evade US taxes by stashing their money in Switzerland, justice officials said Tuesday. Martin Lack, a private asset manager who once worked for Swiss banking giant UBS, allegedly helped US…

Police called criminals as New Orleans trial closes

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — Five New Orleans police officers on trial in the shooting deaths of civilians during Hurricane Katrina were portrayed Tuesday in closing arguments as criminals or heroes amid the chaos of disaster. “It was unreasonable for these officers to fire even one shot,” said Assistant US Attorney…

Tea party movement at crossroads after debt deal

WASHINGTON — The US Tea Party stood at a political crossroads Tuesday, split by a vote on raising the US debt limit after fractious negotiations that saw them declared both the big winners and losers. At issue was the role that the young movement, born of anger at the sour…

Wisconsin Dems file complaint over ‘Koch brothers-funded scheme to suppress votes’

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin filed a complaint on Tuesday seeking to stop what it called a Koch brothers-funded scheme to suppress Democratic votes in upcoming Republican recall elections. Politico reported that Americans for Prosperity sent absentee ballots to Democrats in two Wisconsin state Senate recall districts with instructions that…

Sen. Lieberman: Cut Social Security to prevent cuts to defense budget

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) announced on the Senate floor Tuesday that he was working on a bipartisan proposal to reform Social Security. He said reforming entitlement programs like Social Security was necessary to prevent cuts to the defense budget. “Bottom line, we can’t protect these entitlements and also have the…

Hartmann: Greatest presidents were not compromisers

RT’s Thom Hartmann explained Tuesday that the greatest presidents have not been compromisers. “Republicans will surely be emboldened by the way Mr. Obama keeps folding in the face of their threats,” Pulitzer Prize winning economist Paul Krugman wrote Sunday. “He surrendered last December, extending all the Bush tax cuts; he…

Little economic impact from U.S. debt deal: analysts

Spending cuts in the new deal to slash the US deficit and raise the borrowing ceiling will not have much immediate effect on the economy — or the deficit itself, analysts said Monday. Heralded as a political success that averts the United States being forced to default on its debt,…

Senate approves bill to avert debt default

Update: The White House says that President Obama has signed the bill into law. An original report follows… The US Senate on Tuesday approved legislation to avert a disastrous debt default and cut trillions in government spending, sending the contentious bill to President Barack Obama to sign into law. Lawmakers…

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