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Mississippi governor tries to write Southern racism out of modern history

As the Republican Party positions itself for a major comeback after its electoral losses in 2006 and 2008, it is looking for ways to undercut Barack Obama’s appeal as the nation’s first black president without opening itself to accusations of racism. Evidently as part of that effort, Mississippi Governor Haley…

Begala: Idea that Bush is owed grace ‘appalling’ to history

There’s still a lot of talk in DC surrounding President Barack Obama’s shout-out to former President George W. Bush during his speech on Iraq Tuesday night. While many conservatives believe that Obama did the right thing, some liberals think the call amounted to a pat on the back, and are…

White House may drop deepwater drilling moratorium early

NEW ORLEANS — Now that the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history has effectively been stopped, the White House is considering an early end to its moratorium on deepwater drilling. But four months after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, regulators have only started to make good on promises…

Some job-screening tactics challenged as illegal

Some companies may go too far in screening job seekers for prior convictions, credit history Companies using criminal records or bad credit reports to screen out job applicants might land afoul of anti-discrimination laws as the government steps up scrutiny of hiring policies that can hurt blacks and Hispanics. A…

Obama signs historic finance reform into law

US President Barack Obama signed the most sweeping financial reforms since the 1930s into law Wednesday, promising everyday Americans would no longer have to pay for Wall Street’s mistakes. “These reforms represent the strongest consumer financial protections in history,” Obama said, before signing the new law, passed by Congress last…

Shocker: Bill O’Reilly hassles Palin on immigration, says he fears ‘mama grizzlies’

In a recent interview broadcast by Palin employer Fox News, opinion host Bill O’Reilly appeared flustered at the former Alaska governor’s lack of substantive response to his leading questions on immigration policy. Placing Palin in the hypothetical role of “president,” O’Reilly asked how many National Guard troops she would send…

Democrat: Steele is ‘right that the Afghan war is unwinnable’

WASHINGTON – A New York Congressman said anti-war Democrats would like to invite embattled RNC chief Michael Steele to join the “Out Of Afghanistan Caucus” – once he receives a history lesson. “Let’s send him for a little remedial education and then invite him to join,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler…

Beck plans ‘university’, hires Dr. Stoner and ‘the right’s favorite pseudo-historian’ to teach

Only “extreme” insiders are cool enough for this school. That’s apparently the one requirement to get new media content directly from a few individuals who Fox News opinion host Glenn Beck has selected to lecture on politics, U.S. history and the right-wing’s ideal vision for a theocratic America. Yes, you…

238 presidential scholars: Bush worst president of modern era, fifth worst in US history

It’s one thing for a coterie of liberals at a late-night Washington soirée to say that George W. Bush was the worst president in their lifetimes. It’s another thing when the same is said by the nation’s 238 leading presidential scholars, who have been polled annually for the last 28…

Longest-serving US senator Robert Byrd dead at 92

Update: Succession process for Byrd is ‘murky’ “It’s unclear whether there will be a special election to fill the remainder of the late Sen. Robert Byrd’s (D-W.Va.) term,” Sean J. Miller reports for The Hill. West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III (D) has the authority to appoint Byrd’s interim replacement…

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