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Democratic lawmakers leave Wisconsin to protest union curbs

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Wisconsin state Senate Democrats boycotting a vote on a plan to curb the union rights of public employees left the state on Thursday in an attempt to force majority Republicans to negotiate a compromise, an online political news service said. Democrat Sen. Jon Erpenbach told WisPolitics…

NY City to fire teachers, cut capital spending

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday unveiled a $65.6 billion budget plan for fiscal year 2012 that calls for firing 4,666 teachers and reducing capital spending 10 percent over the next decade. Bloomberg blamed reductions in aid from the state of New York and…

Jim DeMint: Obama is not ‘the leader of our country’

WASHINGTON – Arch-conservative Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) said Thursday that President Barack Obama should not be considered the leader of the United States. “This whole idea that the President is the leader of our country is a mistake,” DeMint said during a speech to the Washington, DC chapter of the…

Limbaugh calls Wiscosin teachers ‘anti-democracy,’ ‘parasites’

As the most famous Republican on radio, Rush Limbaugh has made a name for himself by creating controversy. But how about calling teachers “parasites”? Or union workers part of an “anti-democracy” movement? That’s a bit much. This audio is from The Rush Limbaugh Show, broadcast Feb. 17, 2011.…

84-year-old survives five days in desert by drinking wiper fluid

84-year-old Henry Morello took a wrong turn while driving in the Arizona desert. When his SUV got stuck in the sand, Morello drank strained wiper fluid to stay alive for five days before he was rescued. This video is from The Associated Press, broadcast February 17, 2011.…

Michigan resident charged with 20-year felony for singing sex song

Evan Daniel Emory, a Michigan resident, was arrested Tuesday on charges that he manufactured child sexually abusive material. Emory deceived school officials when he told them he wanted to perform an acoustic song for classroom at Beechnau Elementary School. When the video was posted on YouTube, the lyrics of the…

MSNBC host: GOP congressman is a ‘tax criminal’

MSNBC “The Last Word” host Lawrence O’Donnell declared Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz a “tax criminal” for using his office as a place to sleep while working in Washington, D.C. Critics wonder whether O’Donnell has gone too far. O’DONNELL: Do you think your fellow House members that pay their rent…

Rove claims ‘birthers’ actually in league with Obama

Republicans launched the “Obama is a secret Muslim” rumors even before the presidential campaigns got underway, but now the top political adviser to the Bush administration is trying to spin the popular GOP conspiracy theory as a plot by the Obama administration to divide Republicans. “They love this,” Rove told…

More than 100 doctors, nurses, therapists arrested for Medicare fraud

Federal agents raided health care facilities in nine states this morning, arresting more than 100 suspects believed to have defrauded Medicare of tens of millions of dollars. The suspects include doctors, nurses, therapists and healthcare company executives. This video is from ABC News, broadcast February 17, 2011.…

New York airport bomb plotter handed life sentence

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Thursday sentenced an Islamist militant to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of participating in a plot to bomb New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Russel Defreitas, 67, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Guyana, was found guilty in…

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