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Obama effigy hung at RI school with fired teachers

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — A teacher at a failing Rhode Island school where he and all his colleagues were fired hung an effigy of President Barack Obama in his classroom, apparently in reaction to Obama’s support of extreme measures to ensure accountability in schools. The teachers union on Thursday condemned…

Left-wing Rome politicians drop trousers in budget protest

ROME (AFP) – Around 50 left-wing municipal officials dropped their trousers at Rome’s city hall on Monday to call for the speedy passage of the Italian capital’s 2010 budget. “Alemanno has reduced us to our underwear,” read one protester’s poster, referring to the city’s right-wing mayor Gianni Alemanno. “Parks and…

Live video: Obama makes final push for health reform

President Barack Obama headed to Strongsville, Ohio to make a final push for health care reform Monday. It will be the president’s third campaign-style event in a week to push for reform. According to The Associated Press, “He’ll speak Monday at a recreation and senior center in Strongsville, outside Cleveland.”…

GOP congressman suggests runaway Toyota was a hoax

US House Rep. Darrell Issa wondered aloud Monday whether last week’s sensational incident of a runaway Toyota Prius was a hoax, telling CBS’s Early Show that some drivers may be lying about problems with their cars to gain fame. The California Republican pointed to news that investigators from Toyota and…

Massa: Rahm is ‘son of the devil’s spawn,’ confronted me in shower

(Update below: Massa to appear on Glenn Beck’s show Tuesday) Congressman claims Democrats conspired to oust him, admits he told male staffer, ‘I ought to be frakking you’ On his last day as a US congressman, Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) blasted White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and Democratic…

Japan’s top web forum hacked after attacks on Korean skater

TOKYO — Japan’s top Internet forum 2channel was offline Tuesday after an apparent mass hacker attack from South Korea over slanderous comments on their Olympic figure skating queen Kim Yu-Na. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported that more than 10,000 users had launched a “concerted cyber offensive” and coordinated their…

DNC: GOP should ‘defend jobs,’ not senators-only elevator

Republican Sen. Jim Bunning’s (R-KY) insistence on blocking the extension of unemployment benefits for Americans across the nation has drawn a sharp rebuke from the Democratic National Committee, which labeled it a prime example of harmful GOP obstructionism. Bunning’s adamant opposition kept up Monday, when he shouted at ABC reporter…

Dick Cheney hospitalized, complaining of chest pain

Update at bottom: Cheney ‘feeling good,’ source tells CNN Former Vice President Dick Cheney, 69, was hospitalized in Washington, D.C. on Monday after complaining of chest pains, according to published reports. “Two doctors at George Washington University Hospital said Cheney was stable but may have additional treatment Tuesday,” NBC News…

O’Reilly: Some tea partiers ‘nuts, loons, out of their minds’

Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly is better known for picking fights with liberals, but on Monday he turned his combative drive toward an unsuspecting crowd: teabaggers. “Some of these tea parties are nuts,” O’Reilly told Fox News anchor Brit Hume. “They’re crazy.” Hume was silent, and O’Reilly added that Fox…

American Airlines to charge $8 for blankets, pillows

If you want a pillow and blanket in coach on American Airlines, it’s going to cost you. The airline will charge $8 for a pillow and blanket in coach class for domestic trips and some international flights longer than two hours, beginning May 1. The international flights are to and…

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