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Boehner debt-limit bill delayed by GOP opposition

The vote on House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) debt-limit bill was postponed Thursday after members of his own party turned against it. Every Democrat is expected to vote against his plan, meaning the bill cannot pass the House if more than 23 Republican vote “no.” His budget plan would cut…

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Gov. Rick Perry’ Christian prayer summit

U.S. District Judge Gray Miller dismissed a federal lawsuit on Thursday that sought to prevent Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry from taking part in a planned evangelical Christian prayer rally he initiated in Houston. Miller ruled the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) lacked standing to sue because the plaintiffs had…

Boeing overcharged U.S. Army nearly $13 million for spare helicopter parts

The American aerospace and defense corporation Boeing overcharged the United States Army by 131.5 percent, according to an unredacted Department of Defense Office of Inspector General audit released by Project on Government Oversight (POGO). According to the 142-page document, the Army should have only paid $10 million instead of the…

Judge pulls San Francisco circumcision ban from ballot

SAN FRANCISCO — A US judge ruled Thursday that a proposal to ban male circumcision in San Francisco should not be put to a referendum later this year, despite having secured the necessary support . The ballot initiative, which made the November ballot after “intactivist” supporters gathered the required 7,000…

Conservative debt ceiling ad warns of future ‘economic slavery’

An advertisement launched by a conservative group on Wednesday warns that the United States will be taken over by its creditors, presumably China, unless the federal budget is cut. In the ad, launched by the American Future Fund, a woman from the future sends a message to present-day Americans, warning…

‘Who is Senator Bernie Sanders’ on quiz show Jeopardy

Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders recently found himself in the the Jeopardy category “The Sanders of Time.” The final answer in the category was: “On Dec. 10, 2010 he conducted a one-man filibuster on the Senate floor to protest a tax bill.” The contestant Ryan got the question right for…

I ‘cry every day’: Strauss-Kahn accuser

NEW YORK — The Manhattan maid accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape spoke of her anguish Thursday and her lawyer warned the French politician of a civil suit even if he escapes criminal trial. Nafissatou Diallo, who accuses the powerful French politician and former International Monetary Fund chief of forcing…

Exclusive: Peace group tried to scrub involvement with soldier linked to Ft. Hood plot

Pfc. Nasser Abdo, the 21-year-old soldier arrested Thursday in connection with an alleged plot to attack Fort Hood, had ties to a number of prominent anti-war organizations, including Iraq Veterans Against the War and Courage to Resist, Raw Story can confirm. Abdo, who went AWOL from duty over the July…

Pvt. Nasser Abdo in 2010: Islam does not allow warfare

In August 2010, Mike Galanos of CNN Headline News talked to Pvt. Nasser Jason Abdo about his refusal to deploy to Afghanistan. He filed a claim for conscientious objector status based on his Muslim faith. Abdo was arrested over a possible plot to attack Fort Hood on Thursday. He was…

Bachmann: Questions about gay therapy are out of bounds

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann Thursday refused to say if she thought reparative therapy could “change gay people into being straight” because it was not relevant to her campaign. “Recent reporting has revealed the clinic you co-own with your husband engages in a kind of therapy that helps people get…

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