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Obama says he’s not willing to end the drug war

President Barack Obama said Friday that the U.S. would not be ending its war on drugs under his watch. “Much is being asked of our generation,” a doctoral student named Steve told the president at a town hall event in Maryland. “So, when are our economic perspectives going to be…

Report: Murdoch’s hackers also targeted Julian Assange’s former attorney

An attorney who represented embattled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was targeted by hackers working for the now-shuttered News Corporation tabloid News of the World, he told reporters with Britain’s Channel 4 News. A number for Mark Stephens, Assange’s prior lawyer, reportedly appears in a notebook kept by Murdoch phone hacker…

Senate blocks Republican ‘Cut, Cap and Balance’ bill

(Reuters) – Democrats in the U.S. Senate, as expected, on Friday blocked a Republican plan to reduce deficits by $5.8 trillion over 10 years — far more than President Barack Obama and congressional leaders are discussing in private negotiations. The Democratic-controlled Senate killed the measure that passed earlier in the…

Watch live: Obama town hall on deficit reduction

President Barack Obama was expected to participate in a town hall event Friday at the University of Maryland about his on-going attempts to find a balanced approach to deficit reduction. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Report: N.H. Republican bragged about gun, warned unions ‘better not F#%k with me’

In an email obtained by Mother Jones magazine, a New Hampshire Republican brags about learning how to fire a .50 caliber machine gun, then added that labor unions — which traditionally support Democrats — “better not F#%k with me again!!!” That email was allegedly written by New Hampshire Representative Lynne…

Canton cop threatens to execute driver over weapons permit

Canton, Ohio police officer Daniel Harless has been placed on administrative leave following the release of dash cam video that showed him threatening the life of a driver who did not immediately provide notification of having a conceal weapons permit. Ohioans for Concealed Carry, who released the video, said that…

Justice Department to investigate ad arm of News Corp

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Justice Department is looking into allegations that News Corp’s advertising unit hacked into computers of a competitor, NBC News reported on Thursday, citing the competitor’s lawyer. NBC said the Justice Department is seeking information on whether News Corp unit News America Marketing hacked into computers…

Pentagon set to end ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Seven months after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the Pentagon is set to announce that it will officially end the ban on gays openly serving in the military, a US official told AFP. The “certification” is set to take place on Friday. On December 18, the Senate voted…

Debt talks entering critical phase

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Efforts to avoid an unprecedented U.S. default enter crunch time on Friday, with President Barack Obama and top lawmakers engaged in a sometimes chaotic drive to strike a sweeping deficit-reduction deal. With the clock ticking toward an August 2 deadline to raise the U.S. debt ceiling, Obama…

Public turns against union-busting Ohio Republicans

Ohio State Representative Armond Budish (D) appeared Thursday night on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show to discuss the unpopularity of the Republican’s union-busting law, Senate Bill 5. “As people learn more and more about what this union stripping bill does, they get more and more angry,” he said. “Senate Bill 5…

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