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Bank of America to charge debit card use fee

(Reuters) – Bank of America Corp plans to charge customers who use their debit cards to make purchases a $5 monthly fee beginning early next year, joining other banks scrambling for new sources of revenue. U.S. banks have been looking for ways to increase revenue as regulations introduced since the…

Idaho Republicans ‘run amok’, sue taxpayers for $100K

According to Spokane, Washington’s Spokesman-Review, Republicans in the Idaho state legislature rushed a bill through in the final days of the legislative session to pay the Idaho Republican Party $100,000 in attorney’s fees and legal costs for a primary election lawsuit that it brought against the state and won.  81% of…

Raw Story exclusive: Willie Nelson’s prosecutor wants to see marijuana decriminalized

The Texas county attorney who’s letting musician Willie Nelson plea his marijuana charge down to a fee and a song told Raw Story in an exclusive interview that he wishes authorities could just drop the criminal penalties for pot altogether and make getting busted more like getting a parking ticket.…

AIG recapitalization ends, share sale could reach $18 billion

US Treasury’s cash investment equals $68 billion NEW YORK – The recapitalization of bailed-out insurer American International Group Inc closed on Friday, leaving the government with a 92 percent stake that it plans to sell quickly. Bankers were buzzing on Friday about how soon that might happen, with at least one saying…

Spanish woman claims ownership of the sun

Woman wants to slap fee on everyone who uses the sun MADRID — After billions of years the Sun finally has an owner — a woman from Spain’s soggy region of Galicia said Friday she had registered the star at a local notary public as being her property. Angeles Duran,…

Minority student activists protest education cuts

IRVINE, Calif. — If campus activism still brings to mind peace signs, a sea of white faces and liberal strongholds like Berkeley, meet Jesse Cheng. Cheng is a third-year Asian-American studies major at the University of California, Irvine, a campus less than five decades old in the middle of Orange…

No joke: South Carolina now requires ‘subversives’ to register

Five-dollar registration fee for persons planning to overthrow US government Terrorists who want to overthrow the United States government must now register with South Carolina’s Secretary of State and declare their intentions — or face a $25,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison. The state’s “Subversive Activities Registration…

Stewart blasts Fox for cutting off Obama-GOP debate

Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart hammered Fox News — again — Monday night for cutting off debate between President Barack Obama and House Republicans last week. “We’re going to cut away,” Stewart said, mocking Fox, “because this is against the narrative we present.” On Friday, weaving between pleas for bipartisanship and…

Obama: Wall Street will not ‘take the money and run’

US President Barack Obama on Saturday defended a fee he had proposed imposing on the country’s largest financial firms, saying his administration will not allow Wall Street to “take the money and run.” “Those who oppose this fee say the banks can’t afford to pay back the American people without…

Republicans siding with Wall Street on Obama bank fee

Prominent Republicans are coming out in opposition to President Barack Obama’s proposal for a $90-billion fee on large banks that took bailout money, a move that political observers say could force the GOP to choose between their traditional anti-tax position and populist anger over the bailout. On Thursday, GOP Chairman…

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