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Obama urges final passage of Wall Street reform package

US President Barack Obama called on Congress on Saturday to give final approval to Wall Street reform, arguing it will ensure the strongest consumer financial protections in US history. “I don’t have to tell you why these reforms are so important,” Obama said in his weekly radio address. “We’ll put…

Cheney hospitalized after feeling ill

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Former US vice president Dick Cheney, who has a long history of heart problems, was hospitalized after feeling ill and was not expected to be discharged until next week, his spokesman said. It was not immediately clear whether the latest hospitalization was related to his past heart…

CIA opens up about disastrous 1952 mission inside China

Detail by painful detail, the CIA is coming to grips with one of the most devastating episodes in its history, a botched cloak-and-dagger flight into China that stole two decades of freedom from a pair of fresh-faced American operatives and cost the lives of their two pilots. In opening up…

Obama vows to hold oil spill culprits accountable for all ‘death and destruction’

President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed to hold the culprits of the US oil disaster legally accountable, and promised to change the law if necessary to prevent history from repeating itself. Obama delivered the threat after meeting former senator Bob Graham and former Environmental Protection Agency administrator William Reilly, who…

California passes bill to counteract ‘disturbing’ Texas curriculum

Measure ensures Texas standards don’t ‘creep into our textbooks,’ senator tells Raw Story The California Senate on Friday approved legislation that sends a clear message to Texas and textbook publishers: don’t mess with our kids’ minds. “My bill begins the process of ensuring that California students will not end up…

Teacher in trouble after students don Klan robes

Powered by Mochila North Ga. history teacher in hot water after students don Klan-like robes for project DIONNE WALKER AP News A North Georgia teacher is on administrative leave and could lose her job after she allowed four students to don mock Ku Klux Klan outfits for a final project…

30,000 protest budget cuts in New Jersey

A crowd estimated at 30,000 to 35,000 people gathered Saturday near New Jersey’s Statehouse to protest Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed budget cuts. State police, who gave the crowd estimate, said no problems were reported. The crowd is believed to be one of the largest ever to protest in state history.…

Texas schools to teach kids that ‘separation of church and state’ not in Constitution

Students will also study dollar’s decline, US removal of gold standard Texas schoolchildren will be required to learn that the words “separation of church and state” aren’t in the Constitution and evaluate whether the United Nations undermines U.S. sovereignty under new social studies curriculum. In final votes late Friday, conservatives…

Admiral: Gulf drilling disaster ‘one of the most significant oil spills in US history’

The Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster will develop into one of the worst spills in US history if the well is not sealed, the coast guard officer leading the response warned. British Petroleum, which leases the Deepwater Horizon platform, has been operating four robotic submarines some 1,500 meters (5,000…

Krugman: McConnell made ‘most dishonest argument ever’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that the financial regulation reform bill would institutionalize bank bailouts. The New York Times‘ Paul Krugman slammed the top-ranking Senate Republican’s rhetoric Sunday, saying it was “possibly the most dishonest argument ever made in the history of politics.” On Fox News Sunday, McConnell…

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