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Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl (D) will retire in 2012

WASHINGTON – Democrat Herb Kohl of Wisconsin announced Friday that he will not seek reelection to a fifth term in the U.S. Senate, saying that it’s “time for someone else to serve.” Kohl, 76, was first elected to the Senate in 1988, and serves as chairman of the Senate Special…

Former Blackwater officials form corporate spying group

The people that operated Blackwater and the military’s pre-9/11 data mining operation Able Danger have a new project: corporate spying services for Fortune 500 companies. Their new company is called Jellyfish Intelligence. “Our organization is not going to be controversial,” Jellyfish CEO and former Blackwater senior executive Keith Mahoney insisted.…

Update: Jon Stewart accepts Bill O’Reilly’s challenge to a debate over rapper Common

Update: Politico is now reporting that Stewart has agreed to appear with O’Reilly on Monday. Reacting to Jon Stewart’s fierce takedown of Fox News’s attacks on rapper Common, opinion host Bill O’Reilly challenged The Daily Show‘s patron to a debate on the conservative channel. Yes, this means their manufactured controversy…

Obama staff calls Justin Bieber to arrange meeting with 9/11 victim’s daughter

ABC News has confirmed that President Obama asked the White House staff to call teen idol Justin Bieber last week, asking the singer to meet with 14-year-old Payton Wall, who lost her father on 9/11. Wall, who was four years old on the day of the attacks, was the daughter…

More than 80 threats made against Wisc. governor and other elected officials

Wisconsin law enforcement officials have made public 128 pages of documents detailing threats against Governor Scott Walker and other state officials. The documents, reported first by the Wisconsin State Journal, cover 78 closed cases of threats made as a result of Walker’s controversial bill limiting the collective bargaining rights of…

Olbermann accuses Ed Schultz of trying to ‘silence’ Michael Moore on bin Laden

Keith Olbermann defended Michael Moore against former MSNBC colleague Ed Schultz, who criticized the filmmaker’s misgivings about the killing of Osama bin Laden. “I believe, with great regret, that the pragmatic circumstances of keeping Bin Laden alive outweighed, very narrowly, what Michael is addressing,” Olbermann said in a video posted…

Ron Paul jumps in 2012 race, slams FEMA, CIA

Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Friday that he was officially running for president. “Today, and at this moment, I’m officially announcing that I am a candidate for president in the Republican primary,” he said. “Time has come around to the point where the people are agreeing…

House GOP aims to cut off new funding for TSA body scanners

Legislation proposed by Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt (R-AL) on Thursday cuts off new funding for body imaging scanners used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at airport security checkpoints. The Fiscal Year 2012 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill does not provide the $76 million requested by President Barack Obama…

House votes to expand offshore oil drilling

WASHINGTON — The Republican-held US House of Representatives on Thursday voted to defy the White House and expand offshore oil drilling amid deep voter anger at soaring gasoline prices. Lawmakers backed the bill by a 243-179 margin, but it was unlikely to clear the Senate, where majority Democrats have called…

Famed ‘Pentagon Papers’ finally made public

WASHINGTON — The US government on Thursday announced the release of the famed “Pentagon Papers,” 40 years after the once top-secret Vietnam War documents were leaked to the media. The National Archives, the massive US repository for historic books and documents, announced that the files, now declassified, will be accessible…

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