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Southwest cancels hundreds of flights, finds ‘widespread cracking’ on 737

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla (Reuters) – National safety inspectors have found evidence of “widespread cracking” and fatigue on the fuselage of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 that made an emergency landing in Arizona with a hole in the cabin, a government official said on Sunday. “Was the aircraft well maintained and…

New Orleans heart attack rate skyrockets post-Katrina: Study

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – New Orleans residents were found to have three times the rate of heart attacks four years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina than before the storm and levee break that flooded the city, according to a study presented at a major heart meeting on Sunday. The three-fold increase had…

Sanity break: Bronx Zoo cobra ‘visits’ SNL’s Weekend Update

What’s 20 inches long, venomous, and has captured the country’s attention for the past week and a half? The Egyptian Cobra that escaped from New York’s Bronx Zoo, of course! The reptile was found 100 ft. from its enclosure in the zoo after being missing for a week, but something…

Sen. Harry Reid: GOP is ‘afraid’ of the tea party

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) worried Sunday that the government might be shut down if Republican leadership continued to be cowered by the tea party movement. “The Republican leadership in the House has to make a decision whether they’re going to do the right thing for the country or…

GOP senator proposes giving missiles to Libyan rebels

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) thinks it’s time to take the fight in Libya to the next level. The senior senator from South Carolina said Sunday that the U.S. should directly target embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi with airstrikes. He also suggested that the opposition forces should be given U.S.-built Tube-launched,…

Sen. Dick Durbin takes aim at online puppy mills

Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) has introduced legislation that would require all breeders to meet basic standards for shelter, care and exercise of their dogs. The Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act is aimed at putting an end to “puppy mills,” an unregulated and often hidden industry of…

Congressman Ron Paul raises $3 million in 2011

Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) has raised nearly $3 million dollars during the first quarter of 2011 through his Political Action Committee and nonprofit organization. POLITICO reported the self-described libertarian congressman raised $1 million through LibertyPAC and $2 million through his nonprofit, Campaign for Liberty. The funds from his nonprofit cannot…

Top Republican refuses to say if new GOP budget will end corporate welfare

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) said Sunday that the GOP 2012 budget will exceed even the $4 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade recommended by President Barack Obama’s debt commission. But Ryan wouldn’t commit that his new budget would follow the debt commission’s lead and end…

WI repubs get some but not all of prof’s emails

University of Wisconsin-Madison chancellor Biddy Martin has responded to the Wisconsin Republican Party’s request for the emails of professor William J. Cronon with some, but not all of Cronon’s correspondence. Along with the requested emails, she released a statement defending Cronon and the university against what she and many others…

Obama to launch reelection bid next week: reports

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will launch his 2012 reelection campaign next week via an electronic message to his staunchest supporters, according to US media. Politico reported the campaign would “most likely” make its first step toward the launch — filing registration papers with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) —…

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