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DeLay judge abruptly steps aside after suggesting plea bargains

A Texas judge who’s spent years overseeing the high-profile trial of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) has recused himself from the trials of two DeLay co-defendants, abruptly stepping aside after he reportedly suggested plea bargains to attorneys for the defense. District Judge Pat Priest made the suggestion while…

Father of MLK bomb suspect: Son didn’t plant bomb, is a racist

The father of man suspected of planting a bomb at a Spokane, Washington Martin Luther King Day parade believes that there is no way his son could have committed the crime. After a raid on his home, Kevin Harpham was arrested last Wednesday on charges of attempting to use a…

Fox News chairman Ailes told Palin not to make the ‘blood libel’ video

Among former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s (R) many lucrative jobs is her stint as a Fox News contributor for $1 million per year — which likely also provides her with her largest audience. So before she took to the airwaves to accuse her critics of “blood libel” for tying her…

U.S. millionaires say $7 million not enough to be rich

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A million dollars ain’t what it used to be. More than four out of ten American millionaires say they do not feel rich. Indeed many would need to have at least $7.5 million in order to feel they were truly rich, according to a Fidelity Investments…

Re-opened London museum features extinct animal collection

The refurbished Grant Museum of Zoology in London opened recently, allowing visitors a peek into a variety of their archived materials — including a the bones of a number of now-extinct species, including the dodo. Watch the video, first aired on the BBC on March 14, 2011, below: [Image via…

Obama to meet with Afghanistan commander Petraeus

WASHINGTON (AFP) – General David Petraeus, the commander of US and international troops in Afghanistan, will meet with President Barack Obama in the White House on Monday, US officials said. The Oval Office meeting, which will be closed to reporters, comes immediately after the US president sits down with Danish…

Top 10 most shocking spending cuts Republicans voted for

WASHINGTON – House Republicans recently passed over $60 billion in spending cuts from current levels for fiscal 2011, pitched as necessary to reduce the massive budget deficit. From disaster relief funding to aid fr abused women, the GOP went after the government’s 2011 budget with a zeal it normally reserves…

Obama eyes ‘common sense’ US gun control

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama says it’s time for US lawmakers to tackle the divisive issue of gun control in hopes of preventing tragedies like the Tucson shooting spree that killed six people. In an opinion column published Sunday in the Arizona Daily Star, the main Tucson newspaper, Obama…

Bob Dylan to play first Vietnam concert: promoter

HANOI (AFP) – Legendary American singer Bob Dylan, whose songs became anthems of the 1960s anti-Vietnam War era, will play his first concert in the communist country next month, the promoter said Monday. “The show is on,” Brett Davis, a spokesman for the promoters, told AFP, adding the culture ministry…

Wisconsin protests larger than any Tea Party rally

Police estimated that more than 100,000 people flooded the streets around the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison Saturday, making the turnout larger than any of the fledgling Tea Party’s rallies. The largest turnout for a Tea Party rally is the estimated crowd of 60,000 to 70,000 people who marked in Washington, D.C.…

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