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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…

Navy decides not to fire openly gay sailor

Although the military’s discriminatory gay ban is still in effect, at least one sailor will be keeping his job. The Navy Administrative Separation Board Thursday recommend that 26-year-old Petty Officer Second Class Derek Morado not be fired even though he disclosed that he was gay on his MySpace page. “I’m…

Judge: Feds ignored environmental laws in pushing Kansas coal power plant

Progress on a planned coal-fired power plant in Kansas was put on hold yesterday after a judge sided with environmental groups, ruling that a federal agency ignored requirements set forth by environmental laws in approving the project and providing tax incentives. In a ruling that agreed with arguments by activist…

Wisconsin woman charged with sending bomb, death threats to GOP lawmakers

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Wisconsin prosecutors filed a four-count criminal complaint on Thursday against a 26-year-old woman, charging her with sending e-mail threats to Republican state senators after they passed controversial curbs on public employee union rights. Katherine R. Windels, of Cross Plains, Wisconsin faces a maximum penalty of three and…

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