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New York bill arms hotel maids with a ‘panic button’

NEW YORK — Hotel maids should be given panic buttons to guard against the kind of sexual assault former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn allegedly made on a woman cleaning his room, a New York lawmaker said Tuesday. Assemblyman Rory Lancman, in the New York state legislature, told AFP that his…

Rep. David Camp to vote against his own bill to raise debt ceiling

WASHINGTON — Republican US congressman Dave Camp introduced legislation Tuesday to raise the US debt ceiling but he plans to vote against it because he also wants the bill to include drastic budget cuts. “Let me be clear: I do not support and will not vote for a debt limit…

Washington state Democrats to Dennis Kucinich: Don’t run here

Most voters in Washington state say Rep. Dennis Kucinich isn’t welcome there if the Republican-controlled House decides to abolish his Ohio district. A recent survey (PDF) by the Democratic Public Policy Polling firm found that only 12 percent of voters in Washington wanted Kucinich to run, compared with 39 percent…

ACLU objects to school’s plan to test every student for alcohol at prom

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington said a high school’s plan to test everyone at this year’s prom for alcohol sounded like a “blanket search,” which courts have ruled against. The Seattle Times reported that every student at Lake Washington High School’s June 4 senior prom would be tested for…

Millionaire tea party Rep. insists he ‘ain’t wealthy’

During a recent town hall meeting, tea party favorite Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), elected during last year’s Republican wave in the U.S. House of Representatives, told a group of constituents that he wasn’t really wealthy. “I ain’t wealthy,” he said, according to video of the event. “… I live just…

Study: Whites say they face more racism than blacks

Whites in America now believe that they face more racial bias than blacks, according to a recent study. Samuel Sommers of Tufts University and Michael I. Norton of Harvard asked 208 blacks and 209 whites to use a 10-point scale to indicate how much they thought blacks and whites were…

‘Anonymous’ attack on Chamber of Commerce website doesn’t make a dent

An effort by protest group “Anonymous” to rally Internet users into helping them shut down the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website fell short Monday night as the site remained online. Unnamed members of the group, which has come to be defined by its online activities, had issued a call to…

Chrysler repays Treasury Dept. for auto bailout loan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Treasury department said on Tuesday that automaker Chrysler Group LLC has repaid $5.1 billion in bailout loans and ended its ability to draw a remaining $2.1 billion. The government committed a total $12.5 billion to Chrysler under the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, and the…

U.S. weather experts: Climate change not directly linked to deadly tornadoes

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States is experiencing the deadliest year for tornadoes in nearly six decades, but top US weather experts said Monday there is no link between the violent twisters and climate change. Instead, the reasons for the spiking death tolls are more likely due to the rise…

Herman Cain confuses Constitution with Declaration of Independence

Republican 2012 presidential candidate Herman Cain mixed up the Constitution with the Declaration of Independence during his campaign announcement. The gaffe was particularly embarrassing because it occurred while Cain was lecturing Americans on the need to “re-read” the Constitution. “We don’t need to rewrite the Constitution of the United States…

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