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China-Japan relations in chaos after maritime collision

BEIJING — China has suspended senior bilateral contact with Japan over the detention of a Chinese captain accused of ramming his boat against Japanese patrol vessels in disputed waters, state media said Sunday. “China has already suspended bilateral exchanges at and above the provincial or ministerial levels,” the official Xinhua…

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,…

Impoverished California town pays city manager over $800,000 a year

A month ago, Raw Story reported that Maywood, California was about to lay off all its city employees, following “years of financial abuse and corruption” by its city council, and outsource most municipal services to the neighboring town of Bell. But it appears that Bell is no shining example of…

North Korea to convene communist party delegates, select new political leader

North Korea’s ruling communist party will convene a rare meeting of key party delegates in September to elect new leaders, Pyongyang’s official media reported Saturday. It will be only the third such meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) since the communist state was founded in 1948 and…

Palin invited to visit ‘Iron Lady’ Thatcher during London trip

Conservative darling Sarah Palin said Monday she hopes to arrange a meeting with former prime minister Margaret Thatcher during an upcoming visit to London. Responding to a report in a British newspaper, Palin confirmed in a posting on her Facebook page that she had received an invitation from an undisclosed…

US attendees at ‘world government’ meeting may be breaking law: activists

Activists protesting outside this year’s meeting of the secretive Bilderberg Group say American citizens attending the meeting may be breaking the law. The 56-year-old group, which hosts some of the world’s most influential financiers and politicians on annual basis, is alleged to have been the driving force behind the launch…

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…

Federal Reserve to face fierce policy debate

The US Federal Reserve’s policy makers are expected to maintain benchmark interest rates at virtually zero percent at their meeting this week amid intense debate on how soon the central bank should tighten monetary policy. More than a year after the central bank slashed the federal funds rate to an…

Obama promises progressives he’ll revisit public option after bill passes

Progressives may be denied their overriding health care priority this time around, but according to President Barack Obama, it won’t be over with this bill. Obama urged leading progressive Democrats in a closed-door meeting Thursday evening to back the health care bill, placating their concerns about the public option and…

Colbert: ‘Sarah Palin is a f**king retard’

Stephen Colbert has fine words for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who defended Rush Limbaugh’s use of the word “retard” this weekend after attacking an Obama aide for the same offense. “Sarah Palin knows that it’s okay to call someone a retard if like rush you clearly don’t mean it…

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