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America’s last World War I veteran dies

WASHINGTON — The last US veteran of World War I, who lied about his age to join the army in 1917, has died, ending America’s living connection with the Great War. He was 110. The indomitable Frank Buckles, who also survived three years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp,…

Congress eyes deal to avoid govt shutdown

WASHINGTON — The US Congress faces a looming deadline this week to reach agreement on spending to avoid a federal government shutdown that could have chilling consequences for the US economy. The current stopgap spending measure — known as a “continuing resolution” or “CR” — is valid through midnight Friday,…

Exclusive: Readers share photos from Saturday’s labor protests

Millions of Americans were out in the streets this past Saturday, participating in the largest flare-up of labor protests the nation has seen in decades — yet images like these were conspicuously missing from the major television news networks. At the rallies’ epicenter was Madison, Wisconsin, where over 100,000 gathered…

Ohio readies union bill vote, Indiana delay continues

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A vote on an Ohio bill that would end collective bargaining rights for public employees could come as early as Wednesday, a state senator said on Sunday. Meanwhile, in Indiana, Democratic state representatives could stay in Illinois all week to avoid votes on bills they say would…

Michelle Obama gets a Republican boost on obesity

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Two Republican heavyweights came to the defense of First Lady Michelle Obama Sunday, breaking ranks with some of their party’s top stars who have taken jabs at her campaign against obesity. Mike Huckabee, a formerly overweight talk show host who is a possible presidential contender, took issue…

US ready to help Libya’s insurgents

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States said Sunday it was prepared to offer “any kind of assistance” to Libyans seeking to overthrow the regime of strongman Moamer Kadhafi as they set up a transitional body. As forces opposed to the longest-serving Arab leader took control of several western Libyan towns,…

Walker unmoved by protests, won’t back down on collective bargaining

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Sunday that thousands of demonstrators had not caused him to reconsider his plan to strip unions of collective bargaining rights. NBC’s David Gregory asked Walker why he refused a proposal by unions to accept his demand that they contribute more to pension and health…

Republican governor suggests health care rationing

Republican Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels suggested health care rationing Sunday as a way to cut Medicare costs. This video is from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast Feb. 27, 2011. Watch this video on iPhone/iPad…

PolitiFact defends not offering correction for ‘false’ rating on Maddow

PolitiFact editor Bill Adair is refusing to back down on his site’s “false” rating for Rachel Maddow’s claim that Wisconsin was on track to have a budget surplus. After Maddow executive producer Bill Wolff sent a letter asking for a correction, Adair responded by saying no correction was warranted. Speaking…

Sens. McCain, Lieberman say report on ‘psyops’ was ‘weird’

Two top US Senators who were reportedly targeted by military “psyop” units said Sunday they don’t believe the report was accurate, calling it “weird.” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was particularly hesitant to trust the media over the military given his background as an airman, even though the reporter’s last major…

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