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Supreme Court rejects global warming lawsuit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a global warming lawsuit against five big power companies, its most important environmental ruling since 2007 and a victory for the utilities and the Obama administration. The justices unanimously overturned a ruling by a U.S. appeals court that the lawsuit now…

McCain defends linking illegal immigrants to Arizona wildfires

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is not backing down from his suggestion that illegal immigrants were responsible for some of the massive wildfires in Arizona. “I was briefed by the Forest Service about the fact that illegal immigrants sometimes start these fires,” McCain told Fox Business Network’s Don Imus Monday. “I’m…

GOP lawmaker gets drunk, steals truck, wrecks it, then takes nap

A Republican state Senator from Idaho was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning and charged with grand theft auto and driving under the influence, according to police reports. State Sen. John McGee, currently the majority caucus chair for the Idaho State Senate, had been drinking on a golf…

GLAAD president resigns over his support for AT&T

The president of a leading LGBT rights group has resigned over his controversial support of AT&T’s corporate objectives. Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) president Jarrett Barrios offered the board his resignation Saturday, according to Politico. Barrios had sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) supporting AT&T’s…

White House meeting with Cantor on Medicare cuts

WASHINGTON – Medicare will be on the table when Vice President Joe Biden meets with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and other congressional leaders this week to continue the ongoing debt limit negotiations. It’s unclear whether the White House will agree to any cuts for beneficiaries, but other areas…

Supreme Court blocks Wal-Mart sex discrimination lawsuit

The Supreme Court has ruled against 1.5 million women who claim they were discriminated against by retail giant Wal-Mart. The court unanimously said that what would have been the largest class action in American history could not go forward because the case would have been too big and unfair to…

Same-sex marriage goes down to legislative wire in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Supporters and opponents of gay marriage made 11th-hour appeals on Sunday as state lawmakers weighed a vote on making New York the sixth state — and the most populous — to legalize same-sex marriage. The measure that would make gay marriage legal, introduced by Governor Andrew…

U.S. ambassador warns Karzai over criticism of West

KABUL (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to Kabul has issued a thinly veiled warning to Afghan President Hamid Karzai that harsh criticisms of the West could jeopardize the troops and funding critical to the Afghan government’s survival. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry said he found comments from “some” Afghan leaders “hurtful and…

Corporation names to become the new dot coms

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – good.food, learnto.salsa, glossy.lipstick — people and companies will be able to set up a website with almost any address by the end of next year if they have a legitimate claim to the domain name and can pay a hefty fee. The Internet body that oversees domain…

Ron Paul insists he’s not a fringe candidate

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul told NBC’s Matt Lauer Monday that he has a mainstream candidacy. “You’ve said recently that ‘the time has come around that people are agreeing with much of what I’ve been saying for 30 years,’” Lauer noted in his interview with Paul. “I would adjust…

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