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Piers Morgan: Murdoch victim of a ‘witch hunt’

Piers Morgan, the former editor for Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World, dedicated a segment of his CNN show Monday to defending the media mogul. Former New York Post reporter Vicky Ward, who is a personal friend of Murdoch’s, joined Morgan. “Piers, I just got a call an hour…

British Fraud Office considering probe of Murdoch empire

A potential investigation of News Corp. by the British Serious Fraud Office (SFO) may be turn out to be more devastating to Rupert Murdoch than allegations of phone hacking and bribery. Former minister Tom Watson urged SFO to investigate, telling them that payments made to police officers were a “gross…

Residents stampede for housing voucher applications in Dallas

An estimated crowd of 5,000 people gathered this morning to vie for a voucher for housing assistance in Dallas, Texas. Only 100 vouchers were available, and when an official told the massive crowd — containing some people who had been camped out since Wednesday — to line up, the chaos…

DeMint: Congress shouldn’t investigate Murdoch

Tea party favorite Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) Sunday dismissed calls for Congress to hold hearings to find out if Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. had broken U.S. law by hacking phones or bribing police. “We need to let law enforcement work here,” DeMint told NBC’s David Gregory. “Congress has got a…

Giuliani defends Murdoch: ‘Don’t rush to judgement’

The man who was mayor of New York City during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks is defending his longtime friend Rupert Murdoch against allegations that his company tried to hack the phones of 9/11 victims. “Sure,” former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told CNN’s Candy Crowley Thursday. “I…

Geithner: ‘We have no way to give Congress more time’

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said Thursday that the deadline for raising the debt ceiling could not be extended. “There is unanimity in [the debt negotiations] that we are a country that meets its obligations and pay our bills and we’ll act and do what’s necessary to make sure we can…

Ron Paul: ‘Why do central banks hold gold?’ Bernanke: ‘Tradition’

Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) tripped up Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke during a hearing Wednesday when he asked why central banks hold stockades of gold and diamonds. Bernanke initially tried to explain that many people invest in gold futures because it can help hedge risks in other markets and acts…

Minnesota running out of booze, cigarettes due to government shutdown

Update (1 p.m. ET): MillerCoors has been ordered to pull all of their beer products from Minnesota store shelves. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety told the Star Tribune that the products had to be removed because the company did not renew their brand label registration before a government shutdown…

Keith Olbermann: I was blackmailed by Fox Sports

On Countdown Tuesday night, Keith Olbermann gave an “inside look” at News Corporation, explaining how his bosses blackmailed him when he worked for Fox Sports. Olbermann worked as a sports anchor for Fox Sports Net from 1998 to 2001 and was fired after reporting that Murdoch was planning to sell…

Rupert Murdoch’s son could be prosecuted by U.S.

As the phone-hacking scandal involving Rupert Murdoch’s media empire widens, attention is increasingly being focused on his son, James Murdoch. The Guardian reported on Friday that the younger Murdoch, who has already admitted misleading Parliament, “could face criminal charges on both sides of the Atlantic.” James Murdoch is the deputy…

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