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Justice Department ‘almost certain’ to reopen John Ensign case

(Reuters) – It was one of the most high-profile investigations of a senator in years: John Ensign of Nevada had conducted an affair with his campaign treasurer, Cynthia Hampton, the wife of his closest friend and chief of staff. His family later paid $96,000 to the couple, and suspicions arose…

Ex-Clinton aide storms off Fox News set during Medicare debate

Simon Rosenberg, a former advisor to President Bill Clinton, decided Thursday that he wasn’t going to be pushed around by conservative radio host Ben Ferguson during a discussion about Medicare on Fox News. Fox News’ Shannon Bream had invited Rosenberg to respond to video published by ABC News that showed…

Supreme Court upholds employer sanctions in Arizona immigration law

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that an Arizona law punishing businesses that hire undocumented workers is constiutional. In their 5-3 ruling, the court rejected the notion that states have no role in immigration matters. The decision comes as this high court is prepared to hear arguments on an even…

Exclusive: Sen. Kerry insists commercial privacy bill is not ‘a step backwards’

An effort by two U.S. Senators to cement a broad series of privacy protections into federal law came under fire last week when a legislative analysis from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) suggested that it might override numerous state laws that offer even stronger safeguards for consumer information. Contacted by…

Dick Cheney: ‘I worship the ground that Paul Ryan walks on’

Former vice president Dick Cheney heaped praise on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), author of the GOP’s budget blueprint to phase out Medicare and replace it with a subsidies system for seniors to buy private insurance. “I worship the ground the Paul Ryan walks on,” Cheney said Wednesday…

House votes to pull funding for abortion-related training

The Republican controlled U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday in favor of an amendment which would permanently bar any public funding for medical training centers that educate doctors on how to perform abortions. The amendment includes an exception for victims of rape or incest, along with women whose lives may…

Judge voids controversial Wisconsin anti-union law

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – A Wisconsin judge on Thursday voided a controversial Republican-backed law restricting the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions. Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi said Republican lawmakers violated the state’s open meetings law in rushing the legislation through during massive protests at the state Capitol earlier…

Wisconsin Gov. Walker signs new voter restrictions into law

The State of Wisconsin will begin requiring voters to present a state-issued photo identification before casting ballots, now that Gov. Scott Walker (R) has signed a key piece of GOP-sponsored legislation into law. Walker’s signature makes Wisconsin the 11th state to implement the voter ID rules. Only five Democratic state…

Pizza executive Herman Cain surges to 5th place in GOP 2012 poll

WASHINGTON – Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain clocked in at fifth place in a new Gallup poll of 2012 Republican candidates, an impressive showing for the conservative radio talker who has never held elected office. Cain, who announced his candidacy for the 2012 Republican nomination last weekend, received 8…

Hannity airs clip from Palin film ‘The Undefeated’

Fox News’ Sean Hannity previewed a short clip Wednesday from an upcoming film designed to rehabilitate Sarah Palin’s image. The documentary “The Undefeated” was created by filmmaker Steve Bannon and will premiere to voters in Iowa this summer. Watch this video from Fox News’ Hannity, broadcast May 25, 2011.…

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