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World laughs as US attorney general balks on WikiLeaks: Top House Republican

WASHINGTON – US Attorney General Eric Holder is hurting the administration by failing to prosecute the founder of the WikiLeaks website and may need to step down, a top Republican said Sunday. Republican Representative Darrell Issa, who takes over as the chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform…

Democratic lawmaker: Citizens United puts US on path to fascism

The US Supreme Court’s striking down of nearly a century’s worth of campaign finance laws means the US government can now be “bought” and the country may be headed for fascism, says an outgoing Democratic House representative. In an interview this week, Rep. John Hall (D-NY), who lost his seat…

Democrats fund own House defectors while ignoring loyalists

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Obama aide’s exit could be prelude to more changes

Obama’s loss of top economic adviser Lawrence Summers could set stage for postelection changes. The departure of President Barack Obama’s top economic adviser at the end of the year could provide the White House with an opportunity to revamp its economic team after the November elections, when voters are expected…

Gibbs: Gingrich appealing to birther ‘fringe’

The White House press secretary is accusing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of pandering to a minority of people that don’t believe President Barack Obama was born in the US. Gingrich sparked controversy Saturday when he told National Review that the president had a “Kenyan, anti-colonial” attitude. White House press…

White House: US to support UN inquiry in Myanmar

US to support UN inquiry of human rights abuses, war crimes in Myanmar The Obama administration has decided to support the creation of a United Nations commission to look into alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes in Myanmar. The White House said in a statement Wednesday that it believes…

Rep. Maxine Waters may face ethics trial

A second House Democrat, Rep. Maxine Waters of California, could face an ethics trial this fall, further complicating the election outlook for the party as it battles to retain its majority. People familiar with the investigation, who were not authorized to be quoted about charges before they are made public,…

Grayson crashes GOP meeting, says Republicans spying on Obama group

House Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) upset a group of central Florida Republicans on Thursday night when he crashed their meeting and confronted them about an allegation that they had spied on a Democratic campaign group. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Grayson arrived at a Perkins restaurant where some 30 Orange…

Kennedy blasts ‘despicable’ US press over Afghanistan

Representative Patrick Kennedy denounced the “despicable” US media on Wednesday, charging it was snubbing a House debate on Afghanistan while lavishing attention on a congressional sex-scandal. In an unusually angry outburst on the floor of the House of Representatives, Kennedy, the son of late Democratic icon Ted Kennedy, blamed reporters…

Corn: Palin could help Democrats in 2010

Sarah Palin found herself with some unexpected supporters Tuesday. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is hoping that the former governor will get involved in Republican Congressional races. And Mother Jones‘ David Corn thinks the Democrats’ tactic could work. The DCCC hopes to use the unpopularity of Palin to their advantage.…

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