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Elizabeth Warren: Washington rigged for big corporations

Harvard professor and consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren announced Wednesday that she would challenge Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown (R) as a Democrat in 2012. “I’m going to do this, I’m going to run for the United States Senate,” she said in an announcement uploaded to YouTube. “And the reason is straightforward.…

Arizona lawmaker points loaded gun at reporter’s chest

A freshman Arizona state Senator may be in need of some gun safety lessons. Richard Ruelas, a reporter for The Arizona Republic, found himself staring down the barrel of Republican state Sen. Lori Klein’s raspberry-pink firearm during a recent interview at the Capitol. “Oh, it’s so cute,” Klein said of…

Senate backs Petraeus for CIA chief

WASHINGTON — The US Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved General David Petraeus’s nomination to head the CIA, the panel’s chair and vice chair said. The committee’s action means Petraeus could win full Senate confirmation as early as this week to succeed outgoing CIA director Leon Panetta, who is…

McCain: Egypt’s military wants power transfer to elected leader

CAIRO — Egypt’s military rulers want to hand over powers to an elected government “as soon as possible,” US Senator John McCain said after talks on Sunday with the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. Power was transferred to the armed forces by former president Hosni Mubarak…

Rick Santorum wonders if U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is eating shrooms

Former U.S. Senator and GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum blasted President Barack Obama and his administration during a campaign stop Monday night. The Des Moines Register reported Santorum took issue with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for advocating the use of civilian courts to try terrorist suspects. “Maybe he is…

GOP lawmaker gets drunk, steals truck, wrecks it, then takes nap

A Republican state Senator from Idaho was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning and charged with grand theft auto and driving under the influence, according to police reports. State Sen. John McGee, currently the majority caucus chair for the Idaho State Senate, had been drinking on a golf…

Texas GOP Senator: Obama has ‘bias’ against Texas

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison on Friday repeatedly accused the Obama administration of harboring a bias against Texas and treating it worse than it treats other states. “I see a bias in this administration against Texas. I do see it in this administration, absolutely,” the state’s senior senator…

McCain: Afghan drawdown must be ‘very modest’

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama should begin only a “very modest” withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan next month and not bring home any combat troops, senior US Senator John McCain said Wednesday. “I’m in exact agreement with (US Defense) Secretary Gates that it should be very modest,” McCain, the…

Senator proposes TSA-style security for trains after al-Qaeda plans revealed

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A senator on Sunday called for a “no-ride list” for Amtrak trains after intelligence gleaned from the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound pointed to potential attacks on the nation’s train system. Sen. Charles Schumer said he would push as well for added funding for rail security and…

US senators duped by fake bin Laden photo

WASHINGTON — Three US senators retracted their claims of having seen a graphic photograph of Osama bin Laden’s corpse, apparently the victims of a fake picture of the slain Al-Qaeda chief. Senator Saxby Chambliss, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, had told reporters he had seen photos from…

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