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Illegal searches lead to surge in NY marijuana arrests, investigation claims

New York City police have been unfairly targeting minorities with illegal searches, causing a surge in the state’s mairjuana prosecutions, a recent public investigation found. Carried out by public radio station WNYC, the investigation concluded that many of the searches were conducted in violation of people’s constitutional rights. The public…

Embracing ‘Citizens United,’ Dems to welcome undisclosed donors

Despite their prior criticism, Democratic strategists are following Republicans into the forum of undisclosed political donations, engaging in an arms race of-sorts to drum up more outside-party cash than their opponents in 2012. The change in strategy comes at the amusement of conservatives, who out-gunned Democrats in political donations during…

Ex-Black Panther Mumia gets new sentencing hearing

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A US appeals court ordered a new sentencing hearing Tuesday death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, without overturning the guilty verdict of the man who has become a cause celebre for death penalty opponents. The court in Pennsylvania ruled that Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther who has languished…

GOP’s budget raises Medicare eligibility age: CBO

WASHINGTON – The House-approved Republican budget plan would eventually raise the age at which seniors are eligible for Medicare coverage, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Currently at 65, the plan would increase the Medicare eligibility age by two months per year starting in 2022, until it hits 67…

Conservatives: Prop. 8 should be reinstated because judge who struck it down is gay

Conservatives in California, incensed by a U.S. District Judge who overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, are claiming in an appeal that the decision should be nullified because the judge is actually a gay man. U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, who overturned the same-sex marriage ban known as Proposition…

Boehner flirts with debt default if Dems don’t accept Medicare cuts

WASHINGTON – Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said the House may refuse to vote on raising the debt limit, which could force the United States into default in the next few months — potentially inciting an economic calamity. “If the president doesn’t get serious about the need to address our fiscal…

Olbermann ‘abides,’ details plan to launch new TV show

“Countdown with Keith Olbermann” is returning to the airwaves, courtesy of Current TV. According to an announcement by the former MSNBC news anchor, the program will air its first episode on Monday, June 20, at 8 p.m. EST. “The show will combine familiar and popular features with some new elements…

Boehner opens door to cutting U.S. oil tax breaks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress should consider cutting multibillion-dollar subsidies to oil companies amid rising concern over skyrocketing gas prices, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Monday. “It’s certainly something we should be looking at,” Boehner said in an ABC News interview. “We’re in a time when the federal government’s short on revenues. They…

Republican Ron Paul to explore presidential run

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Representative Ron Paul, who ran for president in 2008, said on Monday he will form an exploratory committee to consider pursuing the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. The Texas congressman confirmed to Fox News Channelthat he would formally announce his plans on Tuesday in Iowa. “We’re going to announce that I’m going to…

Activists protest against Florida proposal to criminalize illegal immigrants

MIAMI — Hundreds of activists on Monday kicked off a week of protests in several Florida cities calling for the rejection of measures in the state congress that would criminalize illegal immigrants. The Florida House of Representatives is set to consider a measure that would authorize police to ask for…

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