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Over 220 killed as tornadoes ravage U.S. south

BIRMINGHAM, USA / Alabama — Tornadoes and thunderstorms carved a trail of destruction across the southern United States, killing over 220 people in one of the country’s worst weather disasters in years, officials said Thursday. The severe weather killed 131 people in the state of Alabama alone on Wednesday, authorities…

O’Donnell to birther queen Orly Taitz: ‘You’re fired’

In an angry exchange last night, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell shut down and humiliated Orly Taitz, the dentist/lawyer who for years has pushed false claims that President Barack Obama is not an American citizen. Asked repeatedly if she would say whether she accepts the long-form birth certificate the White House…

CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer: Trump spinning ‘an ugly string of racism’

POLL (at bottom): Is Donald Trump a racist? CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer, host of Face the Nation, is known for delivering a straight, no-frills, pragmatic news show — but last night’s broadcast of CBS Evening News was a little different. Reacting to President Barack Obama releasing a more detailed,…

Poll: Slim plurality says America is ‘in a depression’

WASHINGTON – A plurality of Americans say the nation is currently mired in a depression, and a majority believe it’s at best a recession, according to a new Gallup poll released Thursday. Respondents were asked whether the economy is “growing,” “slowing down,” “in a recession,” or “in a depression.” Remarkably,…

Video captures double funnel in Alabama

Dixon Thuston captured video of what seems to be a double tornado near Birmingham, Alabama. Over 230 people were reportedly killed across the South during Wednesday’s storms. This was just one of a number of tornadoes filmed in Alabama. Watch this video from The Weather Channel, broadcast April 27, 2011.…

US jobless claims jump to January high

WASHINGTON — New claims for US unemployment insurance benefits surged more than expected last week to the highest level since January, official data showed Thursday. The Labor Department reported initial jobless claims rose to a seasonally adjusted 429,000 in the week ending April 23. That was sharply higher than the…

Dems invite Americans to wedding between GOP and Big Oil

WASHINGTON – As rising gas prices top the concerns of many Americans, Democrats are capitalizing on the moment to portray Republicans as wedded to the oil industry — and they’re invoking the royal wedding to make their point. “You are cordially invited to the R-Oil Wedding,” reads a new website…

Oklahoma Senate OKs Arizona-style immigration bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would create criminal penalties for undocumented immigrants who work in Oklahoma and those who smuggle them into the state. It would also give police officers more authority to question citizenship status of suspects. The bill, approved by…

Exxon profits soaring amid gas price hikes

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp’s quarterly profit rose a better-than-expected 69 percent as the world’s largest publicly traded oil company benefited from higher crude prices and better margins for its refineries. The Irving, Texas, company reported a first-quarter profit of $10.65 billion, or $2.14 per share, up from $6.3…

Obama: Republicans push vision of ‘shrunken America’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday accused Republicans of using their cost-cutting proposals to push a vision of a “shrunken America” as he sought to rally supporters on a re-election fundraising drive in New York. At a trio of events aimed at rekindling the enthusiasm of his…

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