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Canadian government falls, election set for May

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Opposition politicians drove Canada’s Conservative government out of office on charges of sleaze and mismanagement on Friday, setting the scene for an early May election that polls indicate the Conservatives will win. Opposition legislators threw papers in the air in glee after voting 156-145 in the House…

Huge surge in Hispanic population in US

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Hispanic population in the United States has grown to 50 million, becoming the largest minority with 16 percent of the population, according to US Census Bureau figures released Thursday. The Hispanic population grew by 43 percent in the past decade, accounting for more than half of…

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi hospitalized in Rome

Update: Pelosi reportedly in ‘good shape’ A colleague of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s told NBC News that the former House speaker was “fine” and in “good shape” after being hospitalized Monday. Original report continues below… ROME — US Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was hospitalised on Monday after…

House votes to provide legal defense of DOMA

In a 3-2 vote, the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) voted Wednesday to direct the House General Counsel to defend the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court. BLAG is a five member panel consisting of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), House…

US electoral map gives Hispanics more heft: study

The new electoral map that emerged from the 2010 US census favors Hispanics, the largest US minority group, as some states in which they live will win more representation in Congress, a study found Wednesday. States with growing populations such as Texas and Florida will pick up extra congressional seats,…

President Obama disrespected me, says House Speaker-elect Boehner

The incoming Speaker of the House of Representatives took offense to the president’s accusation that he and his party were holding taxpayers hostage in order to hand tax breaks to the wealthy, according to a television interview Sunday night. “Excuse me, Mr. President, I thought the election was over,” John…

Maddow cites at least ten incidents of GOP race baiting during 2010 campaigns

In the 2010 midterm elections, Republicans may be returning to a game plan that has been effective at garnering the support of white voters while turning off minority voters. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow noted Tuesday at least ten incidents of Republicans intentionally or unintentionally race baiting during the 2010 campaign. By…

Obama: Small business aid ‘held up by a partisan minority’

Obama calls on Republicans to ‘drop the blockade’ on small business aid package President Barack Obama exhorted Congress on Monday to make passage of a long-languishing small business aid package its first order of business when it returns next month from its summer break. “I ask Senate Republicans to drop…

GOP leader denies charge he’s out bar-hopping every night

House Minority Leader John Boehner has a reputation among Washington insiders for his hard-partying ways, but public suggestions that Boehner might have a drinking problems have been a rarity. That’s what makes MSNBC host Joe Scarborough’s remarks about the Ohio Republican’s bar-hopping habits worthy of notice. “I hear it on…

Senate GOP leader ‘couldn’t disagree with Joe Barton more’

The Senate minority leader Sunday joined a chorus of Republicans who disagree with Rep. Joe Barton’s (R-TX) apology to BP. “How do you counter the Democrats’ argument that Republicans care more about oil companies than they do about the environment?” Fox News’ Chris Wallace asked Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY). “That’s…

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