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Minnesota government shuts down

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – Minnesota’s state government began a broad shut down on Friday going into the July 4 holiday after Democratic Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders failed to reach a budget deal. Parts of the government had already begun to shut down on Thursday ahead of the midnight…

Nearly 1.3 million in Ohio sign recall of union-busting bill

The pro-labor coalition We Are Ohio delivered nearly 1.3 million signatures Wednesday to repeal SB 5, a new law restricting the collective-bargaining rights of public employees, placing it on the November 8 ballot. People’s World reported that the 1,298,301 signatures were delivered to the Secretary of State’s office by a…

Wisconsin Justice David Prosser grabs reporters microphone

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser grabbed the microphone of a local FOX6 reporter who asked him about allegations that he grabbed fellow justice Ann Walsh Bradley by the throat on June 13. He quickly gave the microphone back, but refused to answer any questions about the incident. Prosser was…

Gov. Jerry Brown signs California budget cuts

LOS ANGELES — California Governor Jerry Brown signed a state budget Thursday approved by the legislature that prescribes $15 billion in spending cuts in a bid to alleviate the crisis in the deficit-ridden state. It was the first time in years that California has adopted its budget on time. Last…

BP tries to put positive spin on negative report with ‘Orwellian tweet’

Energy giant BP tried Wednesday to put a positive spin on a new report that highlights the devastating impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill using their official Twitter account. “Annual #Beach Water Report released today includes info on improved conditions since #BP #oilspill,” the company tweeted. But the report by…

Rahm Emanuel backs same sex marriage legislation in Illinois

Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said he hopes Illinois will pass same sex marriage legislation like New York recently passed. “I would hope that the state would move in that direction” he said. Watch video, courtesy of CNN, below:…

Home of suspected LulzSec member raided

WASHINGTON — US Federal Bureau of Investigation agents carried out a raid on the home of an Ohio man suspected of being a member of the Lulz Security hacker group, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. An FBI spokesman confirmed to AFP that FBI agents had searched a home in…

Geithner might resign after debt deal

WASHINGTON — US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner might leave his job after the White House reaches a deal with Congress over raising the US debt ceiling, Bloomberg reported Thursday. Geithner, one of the stalwarts of President Barack Obama’s administration and a key architect of its policies during the economic crisis,…

Strauss-Kahn back in New York court Friday

NEW YORK — Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn returns to a Manhattan court Friday for an unexpected appearance in the case on charges he attempted to rape a New York hotel maid, officials said. “No details about this appearance will be available until the defendant appears in court tomorrow,” said the…

GOP Senator Pat Roberts: Obama needs to take a Valium

WASHINGTON — US Republicans on Thursday denounced President Barack Obama’s handling of a budget feud in an angry, all-out assault that saw one of them acidly urge him to take a powerful anti-anxiety drug. “Maybe if he’d just take a Valium and calm down and come on down to talk…

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