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Kucinich: 92,000 reasons to end the wars, pick one

US lawmakers opposed to the Afghan war, emboldened by a huge leak of military files on the conflict, pushed Tuesday for pulling US forces from Pakistan in a blunt challenge to President Barack Obama. The House of Representatives was expected to vote on both an emergency spending bill to pay…

Sen. Kyl: $678-billion tax break for rich should not be offset

Sen. Jon Kyl, Republican of Arizona, believes that any extension to unemployment benefits “ought to be paid for.” But when it comes to the $678-billion cost of extending the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy, the senator says no offsetting is necessary. In an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace…

Ex-con Traficant DQ’d from Congress comeback bid

Ex-con Traficant disqualified by Ohio elections officials in bid for congressional combeack Former Ohio Rep. James Traficant has been disqualified in his bid to return to Congress after seven years in prison. Political adviser Linda Kovachik says elections officials in Trumbull County ruled Tuesday that Traficant was short of the…

Kucinich: ‘We are losing our nation to lies about the necessity of war’

In Afghanistan, corruption is rife. It is so abundant, in fact, that a senior US lawmaker declared on Monday that she’d be freezing $3.9 billion in Afghan aid dollars until the situation is addressed. Rep. Nita Lowey’s declaration of principle was made in response to a Wall Street Journal report…

Kucinich: ‘We may be funding our own killers in Afghanistan’

Click for New York Times story: US-backed ‘bribes’ in Afghanistan may be funding Taliban On June 7, the day Afghanistan became America’s longest-ever war, the New York Times reported on an ongoing investigation poised to prove that private security companies “are using American money to bribe the Taliban” to fuel…

Sean Penn urges Congress not to forget Haiti

Oscar-winning actor turned activist Sean Penn, who has been working on Haiti aid after the massive January 12 earthquake, urged US lawmakers Wednesday to help reopen Haitian hospitals that have shut down for lack of funds. “The hospitals that do exist have got to be staffed, supplied, administrated to,” said…

Imelda Marcos wins seat in Philippines Congress

MANILA: Imelda Marcos, the widow of deposed dictator Ferdinand Marcos famous for her vast collection of shoes, won a seat in the Philippine Congress on Tuesday. It’s a fresh taste of power for the former first lady, 80, who fled the country more than two decades ago after a popular…

Reid: GOP blocking justice for minority farmers

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid criticized Republicans in a statement released Friday morning, attacking them for employing “obstructionism” to deny “justice” for black farmers and native American trust account holders, who have waited years for financial settlement over “historic injustices.” Where we see injustices, it is our responsibility to stand…

Obama calls for legislation to restrict lobbyist influence on elections

US President Barack Obama called on Congress on Saturday to pass reforms limiting the influence of special interest groups on US elections, saying the integrity of US democracy needed to be protected. “What we are facing is no less than a potential corporate takeover of our elections,” Obama said in…

US lawmakers won’t give Washington voting rights in 2010

WASHINGTON — The US Congress has given up plans to take up legislation this year to give the US capital a member of Congress with full voting rights amid a dispute over gun laws, a top lawmaker said Tuesday. “I am profoundly disappointed that we will not be considering legislation…

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