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Haley Barbour won’t run for president in 2012

WASHINGTON – Mississippi Republican Gov. Haley Barbour announced Monday that he will not run for president in 2012. “I will not be a candidate for president next year,” he wrote on his website. “This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their…

Poll: Russ Feingold ties Scott Walker in potential Wisconsin recall

Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) would give Gov. Scott Walker (R) a run for his money in a hypothetical recall election in Wisconsin, according to a new poll. The two each won 48 percent of voters in a statewide survey conducted by the firm Ethridge & Associates. Asked whether Walker…

Episcopal Church: ‘Jack*ss’ ex-NJ governor can’t be a priest

James McGreevey, the former Democratic governor from New Jersey who resigned after admitting he had an affair with another man, won’t be starting a new career as a priest anytime soon. The Episcopal Church has denied the former governor’s request to enter the priesthood, according to The New York Post.…

Al-Qaeda wanted to blow up your Sega, and more WikiLeaks shocks

In the midst of the WikiLeaks’ flooding news sites with the release of more than 700 documents relating to the heavy-handedness, confusion and lack of uniform guidelines at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, it’s inevitable that some information is slipping through the cracks. Here are five things you probably missed…

State Department wants passport applicants to reveal lifetime employment history

The U.S. Department of State has proposed a new questionnaire that would make it almost impossible for some people to get a passport. The new document (PDF) would require that certain applicants submit a list of every residence and every job they’ve ever had since birth. In February, the department…

Drug-bashing RI Republican charged with drug use

Robert Watson, a high-ranking Republican state legislator in Rhode Island, is in hot water after being charged with driving under the influence of marijuana and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Drug charges alone would be bad enough for a public official, but Watson, Rhode Island’s House minority leader, is still…

Supreme Court refuses to speed up health care ruling

(Reuters) – The Supreme Court rejected on Monday a request to speed up a ruling on President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, his signature domestic achievement that has provoked a fierce political and legal battle. The justices turned down the state of Virginia’s request to invoke a rarely used procedure to…

GOP-tapped law firm backs out of DOMA defense

WASHINGTON – The law firm tapped by House Republicans to defend the Defense of Marriage Act abruptly backed out of the case on Monday, citing an “inadequate” vetting process for the engagement. “Today the firm filed a motion to withdraw from its engagement to represent the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group…

Ominous Dem video says GOP lied about protecting Medicare

WASHINGTON – Democrats are revving up their campaign to portray Republicans as having voted to “end Medicare,” aiming to channel public support for the program into a 2012 issue. A new 80-second spot by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee features ominous music and scared-looking seniors in front of a dark…

Coast Guard investigation of oil spill cites Transocean

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Serious safety lapses by oil rig owner and operator Transocean Ltd contributed to the massive blowout and spill at a BP Plc well in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard said in a report on the 2010 disaster. A Coast Guard investigation “revealed numerous systems deficiencies,…

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