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Feingold compares new Obama fundraising group to Karl Rove

WASHINGTON – Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) on Friday tore into Democrats for launching a new outside group to aid President Barack Obama’s re-election efforts in part by raising undisclosed funds. “Democrats who mirror the right-wing tactics of Karl Rove and David Koch do our nation no favors,” said Feingold,…

Massachusetts Dems vote to strip public unions of bargaining rights

Weren’t Democrats supposed to be in favor of collective bargaining rights? Well, maybe not. Welcome to bizarro world. The Democratic-controlled Statehouse in Massachusetts voted earlier this week to strip public employee unions of their collective bargaining rights, as part of the state’s budget measure. It passed by a vote of…

Labor Department prohibits discrimination based on gender identity

The U.S. Department of Labor is taking steps to become a “model workplace” for gay, lesbian and transgender employees. In a statement Thursday, the department said it would begin prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity and pregnancy. The new policies protect employees and applicants “regardless of race, color, religion, sex…

GOP Senate hopeful: ’3/5ths clause was an anti-slavery amendment’

WASHINGTON – An African-American pastor running for the U.S. Senate incorrectly argued that the so-called three-fifths clause in the original Constitution was crafted with the intention of abolishing slavery. Bishop E. W. Jackson, who has filed as a Republican candidate for Virginia’s open Senate seat in 2012, argued in a…

Meteorologists: Tornadoes caused by torrential winds, not climate change

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US meteorologists warned Thursday it would be a mistake to blame climate change for a seeming increase in tornadoes in the wake of deadly storms that have ripped through the US south. “If you look at the past 60 years of data, the number of tornadoes is…

Chevron profits jump 36% as oil prices surge

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Chevron Corp (NYSE:CVX – News), the second-largest U.S. oil company, reported a 36 percent jump in quarterly earnings as oil prices surged and refining profits improved along with the global economy. Oil companies have seen their earnings boosted by the jump in global oil prices above…

Gallup: Tea party negative ratings at record high

Gallup polling released new survey results on Friday, showing that negative opinions of the so-called tea party movement have risen sharply in the US. Independent voters have turned away from the conservative group. The poll shows that only a core constituency of Republicans and conservatives now view the fledgling political…

Poll: Mitt Romney beats Obama by 7 points in New Hampshire

WASHINGTON – Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney would comfortably defeat President Barack Obama in New Hampshire in a hypothetical election today, according to a poll of likely voters released Friday. The former Massachusetts governor would beat the president by 50 to 43 percent, says a new WMUR Granite State Poll…

Democrats file fundraising complaint against Romney

BOSTON (Reuters) – The New Hampshire Democratic Party on Friday said Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign may have violated election finance laws by funneling “soft money” into the Republican frontrunner’s White House bid. The party filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) suggesting that Romney could be funneling unlimited…

NASA makes final preparations for space shuttle Endeavour’s last flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AFP) – The US space shuttle Endeavour is poised to launch Friday carrying a multibillion dollar tool for searching the universe on the penultimate flight for NASA’s 30-year program. As many as 750,000 onlookers, including President Barack Obama, are expected to converge on the area around Cape…

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