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Republican congressman: I have ‘no hesitation whatsoever’ in probing Bush for torture

A newly elected Republican congressman said in a little-noticed interview Tuesday he’d have “no hesitation whatsoever” in beginning an investigation of the former President George W. Bush for torture. Appearing on MSNBC’s The Dylan Rattigan show, GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who also serves on the House Government Oversight Committee,…

Groups allied to GOP boost their fundraising

Rove-backed groups boost their fundraising, heighten GOP assault on Democrats Two affiliated groups led by a blue-chip cast of Washington Republican strategists have raised a combined $32 million this year, using new freedom from fundraising restrictions to create a parallel and unofficial Republican campaign to defeat Democrats in November. American…

Ahead of Labor Day, Obama vows to rebuild American middle class

President Barack Obama on Saturday vowed to expand a prosperous middle class and help his compatriots achieve the American Dream as the country prepared to celebrate Labor Day. “This Labor Day, we should recommit ourselves to our time-honored values and to this fundamental truth: to heal our economy, we need…

Police: Alleged freeway shooter was targeting ACLU

Police say a California man arrested after a freeway shootout with authorities was planning to attack people at the American Civil Liberties Union and another nonprofit group. Oakland police Officer Jeff Thomason says Byron Williams was upset with the ACLU and Tides Foundation for their political views. Williams told investigators…

APA campaigns against CIA ‘torture doctor’

Psychologists in the United States have been warned by their professional group not to take part in torturing detainees in U.S. custody. Now the American Psychological Association has taken the unprecedented step of supporting an attempt to strip the license of a psychologist accused of overseeing the torture of a…

Rove’s ‘shadow RNC’ benefits from Supremes’ Citizens United decision

A recent Supreme Court decision hailed by Republicans but condemned by most Democrats may be helping to stuff the coffers of conservative political groups founded by Karl Rove. President George W. Bush’s former senior adviser admitted to Fox News Tuesday that his American Crossroads 527 and Crossroads GPS groups have…

‘American Crossroads,’ a Rove-led GOP campaign group, plans to spend millions

In a campaign season of anti-establishment ferment, some of the Republican Party’s best-known insiders are building an ambitious fundraising machine for the fall elections and beyond. They started with a bang in April, cashing a $1 million check from a Texas oil magnate. After a quiet May, friends and foes…

Flotilla witness says activists were defending themselves in fighting Israeli soldiers

A former US ambassador who was on the flotilla that was intercepted by Israeli forces at it attempted to bring humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip says “the people on the ship were defending” themselves when they attempted to fight off Israeli soldiers. Edward Peck told the hosts of…

Jay Leno: Muslim Miss USA hopes to get ‘off the no-fly list’

Ex-Bush official: My ‘affirmative action’ theory wasn’t to imply contest was ‘rigged’ Newly-crowned Miss USA Rima Fakih is the pride of her native village, with residents saying the Lebanese-American not only brought honor to southern Lebanon but also offered a different image of Shiite Muslims often stereotyped as radicals. Meanwhile,…

Rights group: US exiled man for converting to Islam

A Muslim civil rights group on Friday accused the US government of forcing an American citizen into “exile” because he was an Islamic convert. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said Raymond Earl Knaeble IV, 29, had been placed on a no-fly list and had been unable to return…

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