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Yemen arrests head of Shiite opposition party

Yemeni authorities arrested the head of a Shiite opposition party, Hassan Zaid, at Sanaa airport on Tuesday as he was headed for the Saudi city of Jeddah, his son said. “My father was detained,” Mohammed Hassan Zaid told AFP. “He was travelling to Jeddah when he was detained and not allowed to leave.”…

Pentagon fails to probe thousands of sexual assaults: GAO

The Pentagon has failed to act properly to investigate the 2,594 sexual assaults reported in 2010, a Government Accountability Office accused in a new report. The Department of Defense Inspector General’s office is supposed to oversee all sexual assault investigations within the military, but none of the nearly 2,600 cases…

Germany’s Greens back Merkel’s 2022 nuclear deadline

BERLIN (AFP) – Germany’s Green party on Saturday decided to accept a government decision to close all nuclear reactors by 2022 instead of pushing for an earlier deadline. Ahead of the extraordinary meeting in Berlin, the party leadership called on members to support the government, although some of the 819…

GOP candidate’s ad shows China taking over U.S. thanks to Obama

A campaign advertisement for a Republican congressional candidate from Nevada that depicts the Chinese army marching on the U.S. Capitol has upset an Asian-American group. In the ad, a fake Chinese news anchor explains that the Chinese empire was able to rise again thanks to President Barack Obama raising the…

Government layoffs slow U.S. cities’ recoveries: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The layoffs of thousands of government workers may threaten the already slow-motion economic recovery in many U.S. metropolitan areas, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Brookings Institution. “Job growth, though occurring in more metropolitan areas than in the past, was sluggish,” the think tank…

Group: Boehner broke the law by spending $500,000 to defend DOMA

The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint Tuesday against House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), alleging that he violated the law and House rules by agreeing to pay an outside law firm $500,000 to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). In the complaint…

Recall elections approved for 6 Wisconsin Republicans

The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board Tuesday approved recall elections for three Republicans, bringing the total number to six. At the same time, the nonpartisan election officials put the recall elections of three Democrats on hold. Recall elections for Republican state Sens. Rob Cowles, Alberta Darling and Sheila Harsdorf were unanimously…

Breitbart publishes risqué photo, claims it’s Anthony Weiner’s wiener (UPDATED)

Andrew Breitbart’s “Big Government” website has published a racy photo that it claims was Tweeted by New York Representative Anthony Weiner to an unnamed recipient. Weiner has claimed that his Facebook account was hacked and that, while the photo did appear on his Twitter feed, he did not send it.…

Ron Paul jokes: ‘I don’t want to use heroin’ so I need drug laws

Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who are both libertarian-leaning Republicans, defended drug legalization during the Fox News presidential debate on Thursday night. When questioned about why social conservatives should support him, Paul said they should vote for him because his defense of liberty includes…

US Lawmakers trying to ban experiments on chimps

US lawmakers proposed bills Wednesday banning medical research on chimpanzees in the United States, the last major industrialized country to still use to the apes for experiments. “Scientists worldwide have halted chimpanzee experiments, because these intelligent creatures suffer immensely and are poor models for researching human diseases,” said Elizabeth Kucinich,…

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