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With no degree and little expertise, Wisconsin Governor’s appointee pulls in big bucks

It’s good to be born to people who know people. That’s largely the perception many Wisconinites are taking away from this weekend’s revelation that the son of a major political donor to Republican Governor Scott Walker landed a very well-heeled post in the state’s Department of Commerce with apparent ease.…

Holder points finger at Congress for forcing 9/11 military tribunals

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday his decision to try 9/11 suspects in military tribunals at Guantanamo. Holder said that he stood behind his initial decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a criminal court. “Now, unfortunately, since I made that decision, members of Congress have intervened and imposed…

9/11 suspects to be tried at Guantanamo: report

The Obama administration has decided against civilian trials for five men linked to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Attorney General Eric Holder will announce Monday that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four alleged co-conspirators will be tried in military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, according to NBC News. Holder’s press…

Congresswomen vow to fight GOP efforts to defund Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON – With four days left to fund the government, two congresswomen warned Monday that Republican efforts to eliminate grants to Planned Parenthood would strip access to basic health care from “millions” of women across America. On a conference call organized by Planned Parenthood, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), vice…

Family dog reportedly kept lost toddler alive through cold night

When 22-month-old Tyler Jacobson wandered out of his parents’ house into the cold South Carolina night wearing nothing but a diaper, authorities went on full alert trying to find him. After being missing for nearly 13 hours, the baby boy was reportedly found in a neighbor’s back yard safe and…

Ex-State Department spokesman: WikiLeaks, New York Times did the same thing

The former Obama administration official who criticized the military’s treatment of Bradley Manning is now casting doubt on the potential that WikiLeaks will be prosecuted. Former U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told Salon’s Justin Elliot that prosecution would be difficult because “it is hard to distinguish what WikiLeaks did…

Japanese crisis inspires U.S. Mormons to undergo survival training

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – While the nuclear crisis in Japan unfolds a continent away, Mormon-dominated communities in the western United States say the disaster overseas is bringing close to home a lesson about preparing for the worst. Emergency planning and the long-term storage of food, water and medical supplies are…

Katie Couric to leave CBS Evening News for new daytime show

Less than five years after becoming the first woman to helm a weekday nightly news show solo, Katie Couric is rumored to be leaving CBS Evening News. Her contract is set to expire on June 4, 2011. An unnamed network official told the Associated Press Sunday night that Couric would…

Transocean gives bonuses for ‘best year in safety’ … that left 11 dead

It’s still too soon to say exactly who was to blame for the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf last year, but already rig owner Transocean is congratulating itself for its safety record, and dishing out the bonuses. In federal filings revealed over the weekend by The Wall Street Journal,…

Most Americans say U.S. nuclear plants safe: poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fifty-eight percent of Americans think U.S. nuclear power plants are safe, while the public remains split over the need for more plants followingJapan’s nuclear crisis, a Gallup poll showed on Monday. The March 25-27 survey of 1,027 U.S. adults found public confidence in nuclear safety relatively unchanged since 2009, when…

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