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Judge urges citizens to ‘arm themselves’ after police budget cuts

Local official: Use shotguns so you kill, rather than hurt, criminals A county judge in rural northeast Ohio has renewed his call for citizens to arm themselves in the wake of police budget cuts that have left one cruiser patrolling an entire county. Judge Alfred Mackey of the Ashtabula County…

Olbermann: Gov. Jindal ‘blackmailed or bribed’ his attorney general

Update at bottom: Gov. Jindal’s office calls claims of bribery ‘ridiculous’ MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann on Tuesday named Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal “the worst person in the world” over claims the Republican governor “blackmailed or bribed” his Democratic attorney general into joining a multi-state lawsuit challenging the health care overhaul. Noting…

Left-wing Rome politicians drop trousers in budget protest

ROME (AFP) – Around 50 left-wing municipal officials dropped their trousers at Rome’s city hall on Monday to call for the speedy passage of the Italian capital’s 2010 budget. “Alemanno has reduced us to our underwear,” read one protester’s poster, referring to the city’s right-wing mayor Gianni Alemanno. “Parks and…

Obama health bill gets boost from budget office

WASHINGTON — In a boost to President Barack Obama’s flagship reform drive, the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday a Senate health care bill would cut the deficit by 118 billion dollars. The release of the report thickened the intrigue in a tense period of vote hunting for Obama’s Democratic allies…

RNC ad cites op-ed slagging Obama for copying Bush

Ignore the part in the new RNC ad where it looks like Manhattan Island is racing away from the Statue of Liberty. We’ll get to that, later. Republican National Chairman Michael Steele’s latest gift of a gaffe to politicos is in the form of a new ad posted to YouTube…

Riot erupts at UC Berkeley over tuition hikes, budget cuts

It started as a dance party in the streets. Within hours, trash bins were burning, windows were smashed and riot police were swinging their batons. It was an ugly scene, even for a university best known for its fever-pitched politics. Late Friday night and early Saturday morning, the streets of…

‘Not clear’ if GOP can stop reconciliation on health care

The Senate’s top Republican told Fox News’ Chris Wallace he isn’t sure if the Senate can be stopped from passing health care reform using budget reconciliation. Reconciliation is a parliamentary budget maneuver that circumvents the filibuster and would allow Senate Democrats to pass reform without any support from Republicans, on…

Utah eyes slashing senior year of high school to save money

Imagine being forced to skip your senior year of high school. Or having the option. If you live in Utah, that could become a reality. In an effort to bridge a $700 million budget shortfall, Republican state Sen. Chris Buttars has put forth a plan to eliminate 12th grade in…

Obama signs ‘pay as you go’ legislation into law

US President Barack Obama called Saturday for new spending cuts, warning the country must bring its ballooning deficit under control in order to be able to move forward. “Even as we make critical investments to create jobs today and lay a foundation for growth tomorrow — by cutting taxes for…

Pentagon draws plans for immortal ‘synthetic organisms’

The Pentagon’s advanced research division has set aside $6 million from its next budget for research on the creation of “synthetic organisms” whose DNA can be altered to make them live forever, or die on command, and even keep a genetic record of what they have been doing. In its…

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