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House votes to provide legal defense of DOMA

In a 3-2 vote, the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) voted Wednesday to direct the House General Counsel to defend the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court. BLAG is a five member panel consisting of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), House…

Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker ‘selectively leaking emails’

Union leaders have accused Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker of selectively releasing emails to make him seem more willing to negotiate with his opponents. The governor released emails between his staff and Democratic state Senators to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and other news outlets on Tuesday. The emails appeared to show…

Pentagon accounting problems ‘serious’: Treasury

WASHINGTON — The US administration is taking a hard look at problems in the Defense Department’s accounting, after a report called its books unauditable, the Treasury said Wednesday. Treasury assistant secretary Richard Gregg told a Congressional panel there were “serious financial reporting issues” at the Pentagon, which in the current…

Tucson gunman pleads not guilty on all charges

TUCSON, Arizona — Jared Loughner, the gunman accused of trying to assassinate a US congresswoman and killing six people in Tucson, pleaded not guilty to all 49 new charges against him Wednesday. He entered the pleas in his first court appearance in Tucson itself, after prosecutors announced new indictments against…

Education Secretary: 82% of US public schools may ‘fail’ this year

In testimony to Congress Wednesday, US Education Secretary Arne Duncan made a startling claim: This year, up to 82 percent of public schools could “fail” the government’s “No Child Left Behind” standards. “No Child Left Behind is broken and we need to fix it now,” he said, according to a…

White House says NPR funding ‘a worthwhile and important priority’

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that the Obama administration continued to believe that funding National Public Radio was important. NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller resigned Wednesday in the wake of a video sting by a conservative group which led to renewed calls to de-fund the media…

Congressman Louie Gohmert revives ‘terror babies’ meme

The Texas congressman who warned the nation about the danger of “terror babies” hasn’t given up on his theory. Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert was widely mocked in August, when he told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that terrorists would use the 14th Amendment to attack the country from within. According to his…

Senate fails to pass two budget bills, shutdown looms

WASHINGTON – The Senate on Wednesday struck down two separate budget measures for fiscal 2011, raising the stakes of an ongoing stand-off as the government’s solvency hangs in the balance. The GOP House bill H.R. 1, which cuts spending by over $60 billion, was defeated by a vote of 44-56.…

American Apparel CEO held teen as sex slave: lawsuit

NEW YORK (Reuters) – American Apparel Inc founder and chief executive Dov Charney is being sued for $250 million by a woman who said he treated her as a sex slave when she was a teenage sales employee at the clothing chain. Irene Morales of Brooklyn, New York, has accused…

Wisconsin Senate leader admits union-busting bill is about defeating Obama

State Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R), the Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader, must have forgotten his talking points while appearing on Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show. This afternoon he admitted on-air what many liberals have long-suspected: rescinding collective bargaining rights from state workers is Wisconsin is as much about the 2012 presidential…

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