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Republicans call for Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign

WASHINGTON — There was little sympathy among US politicians Tuesday for Anthony Weiner, one day after the US Democratic congressman admitted in a teary-eyed press conference to maintaining a string of lewd online relationships. Weiner, 46, said he was “deeply ashamed” for his behavior, which included sending a close-up picture…

Texas police find children’s dismembered bodies in mass grave

HOUSTON, Texas — Texas police, acting on a tip-off, Tuesday found a mass grave containing “a lot of bodies,” including the corpses of children, US media reported. UPDATE: Texas officials say no bodies found at home of alleged ‘mass grave’ The Liberty County sheriff’s office was combing the area after…

Maid’s lawyer seeks out other Strauss-Kahn victims

PARIS — The new lawyer for the maid accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape appealed Tuesday to “any woman” who was assaulted by the fallen IMF chief to contact him. “If there is any woman out there, whether in France or in Africa, who have been sexually assaulted or sexually…

Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke sees ‘loss of momentum’ in jobs market

WASHINGTON — After a slew of wretched economic news, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned Tuesday there had been a “loss of momentum” in the US jobs market. Two years into a slow and largely jobless recovery, Bernanke predicted employment growth would eventually pick up, but that a recent soft-patch…

ACLU calls on Justice Department to end racially biased searches by Illinois State Police

The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois filed an administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday, calling for an investigation into alleged persistent racial bias in consent searches conducted by Illinois State Police (ISP) troopers. Data collected under the Illinois Traffic Stop Statistical Study Act of 2003…

Connecticut Legislature decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana

Legislation that makes possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana a civil violation heads to Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s (D) desk Tuesday after being approved by the state House. Malloy already said he would sign it into law, making Connecticut the 14th state to decriminalize possession of…

Koch-backed conservative group spams Detroit with fake eviction notices

The pro-corporate activist group Americans for Prosperity is campaigning in Detroit against a transportation project called the New International Trade Crossing, which aims to make Michigan a center for north American international trade. But in opposing the plan, they’ve got to the very extremes of shock campaigning, dropping forms claiming…

GOP candidate Herman Cain won’t sign bills longer than three pages

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain promised Tuesday that as president, he wouldn’t sign any bill longer than three pages. A video provided by Think Progress showed Cain speaking to a receptive audience at the Family Leader Presidential Lecture Series in Pella, Iowa. “Engage the people,” Cain said. “Don’t try to…

Romney tops Obama by 4 percent in new poll

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney pulled ahead of President Barack Obama in a poll of registered voters Tuesday, as public disapproval over the faltering US economy grows. By 49 to 46 percent, Romney outpolled Obama in a head-to-head election, according to the survey by The Washington Post…

42% of Republicans ‘definitely would not’ vote for Sarah Palin

The results of a new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Tuesday bear ill omen for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Nearly two-third of those surveyed said they “definitely would not” vote for Palin should she decide to run for president in 2012. It’s known that she is generally unpopular with…

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