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Bernie Sanders to Obama: Keep your word not to cut Social Security

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont called on President Barack Obama to keep his promise not to cut Social Security, as high-stakes deficit talks resumed Tuesday at the White House. “If you told the American people you’re not going to cut Social Security, then don’t cut Social Security,” he said…

Pakistan threatens to pull back troops after U.S. cuts aid

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan threatened Tuesday to pull back troops from the Afghan border in response to US aid cuts, defying American demands to open new fronts in the war on Al-Qaeda and escalating tensions with Washington. “I think the next step is, the government or the armed forces will move…

California woman drugs husband and cuts off his penis, says he ‘deserved it’

LOS ANGELES — A 48-year-old Californian was arrested for drugging her husband’s dinner then cutting off his penis, saying he “deserved it,” police said Tuesday. Catherine Kieu Becker was booked for poisoning and assault with a deadly weapon after the incident in which she tied him to the bed Monday…

News Corp. phone hacking scandal cited in investor lawsuit

NEW YORK — A group of US investors have amended their lawsuit against Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp to include Britain’s phone-hacking scandal as evidence of a nepotistic corporate culture “run amuck.” Two pension funds and New York-based Amalgamated Bank, which manages about $12 billion for institutional investors, accused Murdoch of…

Iraqi cleric Sadr lashes out at U.S.

BAGHDAD — Radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Tuesday lashed out at US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta’s disclosure that American forces are keeping up unilateral attacks on Iran-backed insurgents in Iraq. Sadr’s spokesman Salah al-Obeidi charged in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, south of Baghdad, that Panetta had “openly…

Whoopi Goldberg furiously denounces Family Leader pledge signed by Bachmann

Whoopi Goldberg blasted Rep. Michele Bachmann for signing a “pro-marriage” pledge that claimed, among other things, that African American children were better off under slavery than they are today. “I am starting to feel like there is some kind of racial thing going around,” Goldberg said Monday on ABC’s The…

U.N. says U.S. broke torture rule in denying access to Manning

On the same day that a major human rights organization issued a scathing report on Bush-era prisoner abuses, the United Nations alleged that the United States had violated a “long-standing” rule meant to prevent the torture of prisoners, by denying an official access to Pvt. Bradley Manning, the lone soldier…

New York clerk quits over same sex marriage

by On Top Magazine Laura Fotusky has quit her job as town clerk of Barker, New York rather than sign marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples, POLITICO.com reported. New York last month became the sixth – and most populous – state to legalize gay marriage after Governor Andrew Cuomo…

Human rights group calls for Bush, top officials to be prosecuted for torture

A leading human rights group said Tuesday that former U.S. President George W. Bush and much of his cabinet should be thoroughly investigated for war crimes. The 107-page Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, “Getting Away with Torture: The Bush Administration and Mistreatment of Detainees,” presented evidence that top U.S. officials…

Robocalls spam WI Democrats, telling them not to vote in recall elections

Today marks Wisconsin’s recall election, and polls are expected to be crowded all day. The unusual nature of the election — after all, it’s not often that voters are riled up enough to draw up a petition to recall their lawmakers — has confused some about procedure, and the robocalls…

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