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Roger Ebert discusses the Internet and losing his jaw to cancer

Using his laptop, wife and friends to physically speak for him, legendary film critic Roger Ebert explains how losing the ability to speak affected his life and career. He was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer in 2002 and eventually lost the lower part of his jaw, along with his ability…

‘Birther’ bill passed by Arizona Senate

Legislation that requires presidential candidates to prove they are natural-born American citizens before their names can appear on the Arizona ballot was approved by the state Senate on Wednesday. The bill, H.B. 2177, requires presidential candidates to submit a certified copy of their birth certificate that includes their date and…

Home run king Barry Bonds guilty of obstruction

SAN FRANCISCO — A jury convicted Barry Bonds of obstruction of justice Wednesday, but couldn’t reach a verdict on three perjury charges stemming from the home run king’s testimony in a steroid probe. A mistrial was declared on the three perjury counts. The guilty verdict means the jury of eight…

Fourteen lawmakers fast to protest cuts

WASHINGTON — Fourteen women US lawmakers plan to fast to protest deep cuts to programs that help the poor and battle hunger in the United States and overseas, a group that organized the move said Wednesday. The representatives, all Democrats, were acting in opposition sharp reductions included in a compromise…

US army may not help in future Iraq crises: official

BAGHDAD – Iraqi leaders should not expect US forces to return to help in a crisis once they leave at the end of the year, a senior American military official said on Wednesday. The remarks came just days after US Defence Secretary Robert Gates ended a visit to Iraq during…

Obama wants $400 billion in defense cuts by 2023

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for cutting defense spending by $400 billion over 10 years as part of a deficit reduction plan. Wading into difficult political terrain, Obama’s proposal calls for “deeper reductions in security spending,” according to a White House statement providing details of the…

Joe Biden dozes off during Obama’s budget speech

Vice President Joe Biden seemed to fall asleep as President Barack Obama was warning the nation in a major speech Wednesday that Republicans wanted to “end Medicare as we know it.” ABC News captured a clip of Biden with his eyes closed for 30 seconds during the speech, his head…

FAA: Sen. Inhofe ‘nearly killed’ airport workers by intentionally landing on closed runway

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) prides himself on being stubborn lawmaker, but it turns out that he’s also a dangerously stubborn pilot. Workers at a Cameron Country Airport in Texas were forced to run for their lives late last year when the Republican lawmaker intentionally landed his Cessna on a closed…

Kucinich: ‘Frankly, we need to challenge the president’

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is known for being outspoken, but in a Wednesday interview with website The Real News he went a bit further in his criticism of President Barack Obama, arguing that he’s more aligned with Republicans than Democrats on matters of deficit and spending. “Frankly, we need to…

Obama slams GOP budget plan, calls for preserving Medicare and raising taxes on the rich

WASHINGTON – In a major speech Wednesday afternoon, President Barack Obama fiercely criticized the GOP’s long-term budget, drawing a sharp contrast with the Republican vision of government and calling for “shared sacrifice” as he offered his own deficit-reduction plan. Calling his approach “more balanced,” the president proposed to achieve $4…

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