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House approves bipartisan funding resolution for 2011

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives approved the fiscal 2011 bipartisan deal Thursday by a vote of 260-167. The Senate is poised to pass the measure Thursday and fund the government through September. As GOP leaders feared, Democratic support was necessary to push the measure over the top as 59…

US air traffic control chief resigns

WASHINGTON — The head of air traffic control in the United States resigned on Thursday after an embarrassing spate of cases in which controllers were found napping on the job. The resignation of Hank Krakowski was accepted by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Randy Babbitt, who promised a major shake-up…

Will conservatives run away from Boehner’s 2011 gov’t funding deal?

WASHINGTON – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) scrambled Thursday to hold together his coalition before a vote on the 2011 government funding bill, as conservatives balked at the revelation that the bipartisan deal would reduce this year’s deficit by $352 million, rather than the $38 billion that leaders advertised. After…

Shock employment figures: Fewer than 46% of Americans have jobs

The percentage of Americans who have jobs has fallen to the lowest point in three decades and now hovers just above 45 percent of the total population, according to an analysis of labor data published by USA Today. The report, based on figures provided by the Census and the Bureau…

Pat Tillman’s mom calls on Obama to drop McChrystal from White House post

Why is a general who helped cover up the friendly-fire killing of an American hero being appointed to lead a presidential commission on military families? That’s what the mother of Pat Tillman wants to know, and she’s calling on President Obama to reverse the selection. “Considering that we have plenty…

New Jersey Gov. says he wants to ‘take the bat’ to a 76-year-old widow

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) begged reporters Wednesday to “take the bat” to a 76-year-old lawmaker for collecting a pension and a paycheck. Democratic state Sen. Loretta Weinberg, a widow, said she was forced to begin collecting her pension after her financial advisor invested all her savings in Bernie…

GOP Rep: FDR tried to replicate Soviet communism

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) claimed President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inspired by the Soviet Union under Stalin and sought to recreate its policies in the U.S. when pushing for the New Deal. “Franklin Delano Roosevelt sent his advisers, his close friends, his Cabinet people to go visit with Stalin in…

Feature: Anti-equality campaigner comes out in favor of same-sex marriage, blasts former colleagues

Six years ago, Louis Marinelli sat down in his dorm room at the University of Northern Iowa and, as many college students do, started a Facebook group. “Protect Marriage: One Man, One Woman,” he named it, then watched it grow to more than 280,000 contributing members. A few years later,…

CBO: Budget deal cuts 2011 deficit by $352 million, not $38 billion promised

‘Budget cuts’ may even amount to $3.3 billion increase WASHINGTON – The budget deal struck last Friday to avert a government shutdown cuts the fiscal 2011 deficit by just $352 million, not the $38 billion touted by both parties, according to the Congressional Budget Office. A CBO analysis found Wednesday…

TSA gives invasive pat down to 8-year-old Oregon boy

An 8-year-old Oregon boy found himself being subjected to an invasive full-body pat down during a trip to Disneyland. Heather Sheahan told KGW that the TSA’s search of her son, Spencer, went too far. “They went up his leg into that area and down the next leg,” the mother explained.…

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