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Grayson ad compares Florida religious fundamentalists to Taliban

Alan Grayson, the Democratic firebrand from Florida’s 8th District, made himself a nationwide household name — and angered conservatives — last year with his declaration that the Republican plan for health care amounts to hoping sick people “die quickly.” Now his latest move could prove equally infuriating to his political…

Texas slams Obama after Mexico border gun battles

Texas Governor Rick Perry has accused President Barack Obama of “gambling with American lives” after a bullet believed to be from a gun battle in Mexico hit a building in the US state. “For the second time in two months, bullets from a gun battle in the escalating drug war…

Gore: The United States government as a whole has failed us

During a conference call with supporters, former Vice President Al Gore declared that the battle to pass significant climate legislation this year “has not been successful and it’s pretty much over for this year.” “I hope I’m wrong about that, but I want to be realistic because we need to…

Father wages court battle against funeral protests

Powered by Mochila Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn’t sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son’s funeral. “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.” “You’re Going to Hell.” “Semper Fi Fags.” Hundreds of…

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens retiring

US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said Friday he will retire this summer, giving President Barack Obama a chance to make his second pick in two years to the key nine-member bench. A leader of the court’s liberal wing, Stevens, who celebrates his 90th birthday this month, is one…

Volcker slams ‘outlandish’ bank bonuses, tells Wall Street to ‘wake up’

Financial reform in doubt as pro-Wall Street forces step up battle The man often credited with successfully ending America’s long struggle with inflation in the 1980s issued a stern warning to the world’s bankers that they aren’t doing enough — or doing the right things — to prevent further economic…

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