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Transplant patients a target of Arizona budget cuts

PEORIA, Arizona (Reuters) – A pacemaker and defibrillator fitted to carpenter Douglas Gravagna’s failing heart makes even rising from the couch of his Phoenix-valley home a battle. But it is not congestive heart failure that is killing him, he says. It is a decision by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to…

U.S. contractor found guilty in Cuba trial

HAVANA (Reuters) – American contractor Alan Gross was found guilty on Saturday of working to undermine Cuba’s communist government, Cuban television said, and now faces up to 20 years behind bars in the latest blow to U.S.-Cuba relations. A panel of judges reached the widely expected verdict after hearing two…

Michael Moore headlines Madison rally against Walker

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Thousands of union supporters protested Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposals on Saturday at the state capital, a day after the state’s chief executive followed through on his threat to issue layoff warning notices to unions representing state workers. Joining the crowd was liberal filmmaker Michael Moore,…

Mos Def explains it all

Here’s a compilation of hip-hop artist Mos Def explaining to Bill Maher’s audience what his political views are. Not only does he question the attacks of Sept. 11, 2011, he goes on to say he doesn’t believe mankind has landed on the moon, but adds that he totally believes in…

Huckabee triggers feminist firestorm for criticizing Natalie Portman’s pregnancy

Appearing on a right-wing talk show recently, arch conservative Fox News pundit and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee had a few things to say about Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman and her status as a soon-to-be single mother. His remarks triggered a feminist firestorm in the media, and for good reason.…

Layoffs loom in Wisconsin as Walker refuses to compromise with Dems

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker issued layoff warning notices on Friday to unions representing state workers as a battle intensified between Republican and Democratic lawmakers over union bargaining rights that has sparked protests and a national debate. “If the Senate Democrats come back to Wisconsin, these notices…

Police: DNA confirms capture of the ‘East Coast Rapist’

Police with the US Marshals Service say that a man responsible for more than a dozen rapes over the last decade has finally been caught through the use of DNA evidence. At the end of an exhaustive investigation spanning years, Sgt. Kim Chinn, of the Prince William County Police Department,…

Police charge Aaron Thomas as ‘East Coast Rapist’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Police on Saturday identified the East Coast Rapist, accused in 17 attacks over more than a decade, as Aaron Thomas, 39, of New Haven, Connecticut, where one of the attacks took place. Thomas’s arrest on Friday was the result of a sudden turn last week in…

Anthony Weiner’s acrimonious exchange with Fox’s Megyn Kelly

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) returned to Megyn Kelly’s Fox News hour, and what ensued was a heated exchange over Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife’s financial involvement in tea party activism. Weiner insisted Thomas’s links to the tea party should compel him to recuse himself from litigating on the constitutionality…

Obama joins forces with Jeb Bush on education

MIAMI (AFP) – In a case of strange political bedfellows, US President Barack Obama and Jeb Bush, the son and brother of presidents, shared a stage in Florida to push for education reform on Friday. Bush, the former governor of the Sunshine State, teamed up with Obama at a school…

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