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Koran-burning pastor calls for holding Islam accountable

GAINESVILLE, Florida (AFP) – The US pastor, whose burning of a Koran sparked deadly violence in Afghanistan, has called for “immediate” US and UN action against its perpetrators, saying the whole religion of Islam must be held accountable. “Islam is not a religion of peace,” Dove World Outreach Center Pastor…

Newt Gingrich tied to casino mogul with legal problems

As former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich explores the possibility of a presidential bid, he “is counting on the backing of an unusually powerful behind-the-scenes donor,” Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. According to investigative journalist Michael Isikoff, Adelson — who has a net worth estimated at over $23…

Minnesota Republican: ‘I watched Minneapolis get destroyed’ by integration

As Minnesota’s state senate debates a public school funding bill that would remove funding from integration programs in the major cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul and Duluth and shift it to a statewide literacy drive, one freshman Republican has been particularly blunt in his opinions. “I watched Minneapolis get destroyed,” Sen.…

WI Dems have enough signatures to recall GOP state senator

Democrats in Wisconsin say they have collected enough signatures to file their petition to recall state Sen. Dan Kapanke (R). Pat Scheller, who is organizing the recall effort, told The Wisconsin State Journal that volunteers had gathered more than the necessary 15,588 signatures. “Not a single paid canvasser was needed…

Palin promotes reelection of Wisconsin justice who called female colleague a ‘b*tch’

In a somewhat confusing endorsement Friday, Fox News employee Sarah Palin urged her online supporters to vote for Wisconsin Justice David Prosser, who recently stirred up controversy when he called a female fellow Justice a “bitch” and threatened to “destroy” her. For Palin, whose experience with media sexism is at…

Obama sees spending deal near

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama said Friday that a deal with his Republican foes on deep government spending cuts was “within reach,” as lawmakers groped in private for a compromise by an April 8 deadline. “Now, there’s still details and differences to work out,” he said a speech…

Video catches Birmingham police beating black man

Surveillance video appears to show Birmingham police beating Travarious Daniel, 29, after he raised his hands to surrender in the early hours of March 20. Daniel was charged with receiving stolen goods and breaking and entering into a vehicle. The video has gone viral and the Birmingham mayor has called…

After suspending top Republicans, Fox News gives Trump his own regular segment

Billionaire Donald Trump plans to run for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2012, and he’s been hitting up the Fox News Channel quite a lot to promote his ambitions. But after the network recently suspended two major Republican contributors for outlining their presidential ambitions, who could have guessed that…

Arianna: The Huffington Post is not a ‘lefty’ publication anymore

In a recent interview with The New York Times, Arianna Huffington revealed a bit of news that’s not likely to show up on The Huffington Post’s front page any time soon: the site is no longer “lefty” in its political bent. That will likely come as a surprise to the…

Poll: Americans favor unions over GOP governors in labor disputes

More Americans back unions over governors who are trying to curb collective bargaining rights, according to a recent poll. The polling organization Gallup found that 48 percent, or nearly half of Americans agree more with state employee labor unions. Only 39 percent favored governors in those states. An additional 13…

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