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Wisconsin Senate Republicans ram through voter photo ID bill

Only five Democratic state senators had a chance to vote on Wisconsin’s voter photo ID bill before Republican Sen. Michael Ellis gaveled it through Thursday. The bill, which passed on a 19-5 vote, would require that voters present a photo ID before voting. Opponents of the bill say it infringes…

FBI seeks DNA samples from ‘Unabomber’ for 1982 Tylenol case

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Chicago office of the FBI is asking for DNA samples from “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski in connection with an investigation into an unsolved 1982 crime in which seven people died after taking Tylenol capsules laced with potassium cyanide, FBI officials said on Thursday. “As part of our…

Doomsday leader says gay pride is ‘proof’ the world will end

Harold Camping is predicting the world will end on May 21, and insists that he has proof. “God has given us an enormous amount of proof, like the gay pride movement and the extraordinary amount of wickedness in the world,” the 89-year-old founder of the Family Stations Christian radio network…

Sen. Sanders calls for constitutional amendment to overrule Citizens United

Appearing with MSNBC’s liberal opinion host Cenk Uygur, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said he would support a constitutional amendment that overrule the Supreme Court’s controversial “Citizens United” decision that repealed nearly 100 years of campaign finance law. The decision permits corporations to anonymously give unlimited sums of money to groups…

WATCH LIVE: President Obama’s speech about the Middle East and North Africa

Watch President Obama speak about U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa, courtesy of MSNBC, below: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

GOP Senator Coburn: Budget deal must include tax increases

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Tom Coburn says that a long-term deficit reduction plan must include some revenue increases, because that’s what Americans want. “It’s time for the Senate to earn its reputation as the world’s greatest deliberative body and help lead that effort,” Coburn wrote in a Washington Post op-ed…

Gabbrielle Giffords recovering after skull operation

LOS ANGELES — US lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords, who was almost killed in a horrific shooting in January, is recovering well after an operation to replace part of her skull, doctors said. The Arizona lawmaker underwent a cranioplasty to replace the part of her cranium removed to allow space for her…

Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard says he was sexually assaulted by coach

LOS ANGELES — Former US Olympic gold medalist Sugar Ray Leonard says he was sexually assaulted by an ex-American Olympic team coach. Leonard, who won a gold medal in the 1976 Montreal Games and went on to have a brilliant pro career, made the accusations in a new tell-all book…

Olbermann says he didn’t get permission from MSNBC to reuse ‘Countdown’ name

Keith Olbermann is taking his nightly “Countdown” news show to Current in June, but he told CBS’ David Letterman Wednesday that MSNBC had not given him permission to reuse the name. Watch this video from CBS’ Late Show, broadcast May 18, 2011.…

Afghan dies in apparent suicide at Guantanamo

MIAMI — A 37-year old Afghan detainee died at Guantanamo Bay in an apparent suicide, the US military said in a statement. The man, identified by one name, Inayatullah, was an admitted planner for Al-Qaeda terrorist operations, according to the Southern Command. He arrived in Guantanamo in September 2007. Inayatullah…

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