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Nevada Sen. John Ensign resigns amid ethics probe

Nevada Sen. John Ensign (R) announced Thursday he will resign his seat on May 3, due to a Senate ethics committee investigation over his extramarital affair with a former campaign aide. “It is with tremendous sadness that I officially hand over the Senate seat that I have held for eleven…

Texas Gov. Rick Perry proclaims ‘Days of Prayer for Rain’

Republican Governor Rick Perry has issued an official proclamation urging Texans to pray for rain in the midst of a severe drought that has sparked more than 8,000 wildfires. “These dire conditions have caused agricultural crops to fail, lake and reservoir levels to fall and cattle and livestock to struggle…

No-smoking laws could span US by 2020: study

WASHINGTON — About half the United States has banned smoking in bars, restaurants or workplaces, and similar no-smoking policies could span the nation by 2020, the government said Thursday. Over the past decade, 25 states have enacted laws that prohibit smoking indoors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said…

Obama heckled at fundraiser by Bradley Manning supporters

WASHINGTON – Ten supporters of accused whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning paid at least $5,000 to attend a fundraiser with President Barack Obama Thursday and interrupted his speech with a song protesting soldier’s treatment. Obama was speaking at a San Francisco hotel to a room of about 200 donors — some…

Dems defend claim that GOP voted to ‘end Medicare’

WASHINGTON – Democrats on Thursday defended their assertion that Republicans “voted to end Medicare,” after a respected fact-checking organization rated it among the most deceitful political lies. The claim came in an ad attacking House Republicans for voting last Friday to pass a budget plan that erodes Medicare over time.…

San Quentin inmates save drowning boaters

Inmates at San Quentin rushed early Wednesday morning to save two boaters who had fallen overboard in the frigid San Francisco Bay waters. One man and one woman fell into the water while trying to restart their boat, according to KTVU. The man later died but the woman was treated…

Oklahoma 4th state to ban abortions after 20 weeks

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on Wednesday signed into law a prohibition on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, making it the fourth state to ban such late term abortions. She also signed a law preventing health insurers from covering elective abortions. Fallin, a Republican serving her…

Pro-pot, anti-war Republican Gary Johnson running for president

Former Gov. Gary Johnson (R-NM) announced Thursday morning that he’s running for president in 2012, adding a fresh libertarian perspective to a field of candidates touting their social conservative credentials. The ex-governor is perhaps best known in recent years as an outspoken opponent of the drug war who believes marijuana…

Olympian Carl Lewis clears first political hurdle

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Former Olympic track star Carl Lewis won the first leg in his race to become a New Jersey state senator on Wednesday when a judge ruled in his favor on a Republican challenge to his candidacy. State Administrative Judge John Schuster III recommended throwing out the challenge…

Political rift was tipping point in S&P warning

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For the past 928 days, Standard & Poor’s has tracked the relentless deterioration of government finances. On Monday, it made a move that could turn out to be one of its boldest calls yet. That’s when S&P announced that it was revising the credit outlook for…

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