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Judge voids controversial Wisconsin anti-union law

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – A Wisconsin judge on Thursday voided a controversial Republican-backed law restricting the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions. Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi said Republican lawmakers violated the state’s open meetings law in rushing the legislation through during massive protests at the state Capitol earlier…

Wisconsin Gov. Walker signs new voter restrictions into law

The State of Wisconsin will begin requiring voters to present a state-issued photo identification before casting ballots, now that Gov. Scott Walker (R) has signed a key piece of GOP-sponsored legislation into law. Walker’s signature makes Wisconsin the 11th state to implement the voter ID rules. Only five Democratic state…

Pizza executive Herman Cain surges to 5th place in GOP 2012 poll

WASHINGTON – Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain clocked in at fifth place in a new Gallup poll of 2012 Republican candidates, an impressive showing for the conservative radio talker who has never held elected office. Cain, who announced his candidacy for the 2012 Republican nomination last weekend, received 8…

Hannity airs clip from Palin film ‘The Undefeated’

Fox News’ Sean Hannity previewed a short clip Wednesday from an upcoming film designed to rehabilitate Sarah Palin’s image. The documentary “The Undefeated” was created by filmmaker Steve Bannon and will premiere to voters in Iowa this summer. Watch this video from Fox News’ Hannity, broadcast May 25, 2011.…

U.S. soldier fights Afghan ‘kill squad’ court martial

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington — A US soldier accused of being part of a rogue “kill squad” that targeted Afghan civilians should not face court martial, his lawyer argued at a new hearing Wednesday. Private Andrew Holmes is accused of the premeditated murder of a teenage boy in a poppy…

Rep. Peter King: Giuliani ‘very close to running’ for president

Rep. Peter King (R-NY), a close ally of Rudy Giuliani, said Thursday that the former New York City mayor is closer than ever to running for president in 2012. “As of this moment, he’s very much inclined to run,” King told Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson. “I would say right now,…

Groups sue U.S. over human antibiotics in farm feed

NEW YORK (AFP) – A coalition of consumer groups filed a federal lawsuit against the US Food and Drug Administration over the use of human antibiotics in animal feed, saying it creates dangerous superbugs. The suit alleges that the regulatory agency concluded in 1977 that the practice of feeding healthy…

Strauss-Kahn relocates house arrest to luxury pad

NEW YORK (AFP) – Dominique Strauss-Kahn switched his place of house arrest to a luxury pad said to boast everything from roof access to home theater in one of Manhattan’s trendiest districts. The former head of the International Monetary Fund, who is awaiting trial on charges that he sexually assaulted…

Elizabeth Smart kidnapper sentenced to life in prison

LOS ANGELES — A self-styled prophet who kidnapped a teenager and held her captive for nine months was jailed for life Wednesday, closing a chapter on one of most notorious cases in recent US criminal history. Elizabeth Smart, who was 14 when she was taken from the bedroom of her…

House Democrats introduce three medical marijuana reform bills

Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA), Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) and Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced legislation to the House on Wednesday aimed at ensuring the medical marijuana industry is treated like any other business. The legislation was supported by Republican Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (CA) and Ron Paul (TX). The Small Business…

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