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Former WI Gov. Tommy Thompson files for Senate race

Tommy Thompson, the former governor of Wisconsin, officially filed his paperwork to become a Republican candidate for the state’s Senate seat in 2012, his campaign confirmed to Raw Story. Thompson filed his Statement of Candidacy with the Federal Election Commission Tuesday, the final step that establishes him as a candidate.…

Obama sends three trade deals to Congress

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Monday sent long-stalled free trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea to the congress and pressed lawmakers there to approve them “without delay.” “These agreements will support tens of thousands of jobs across the country for workers making products stamped with three…

Hayes cites pro-life group’s report on Planned Parenthood ‘misleading’

In the ongoing House GOP led investigation as to whether Planned Parenthood used federal funds for abortion, Chris Hayes certainly had the seeds planted for another interesting debate. On the latest edition of Up with Chris Hayes, the new MSNBC host interviewed “Americans United for Life” CEO Charmaine Yoest, whose…

UN declares famine in southern Somalia

The United Nations said Wednesday that famine has hit two parts of rebel-held Somalia, due to a severe drought affecting more than 10 million people in the Horn of Africa. “The United Nations declared today that famine exists in two regions of southern Somalia: southern Bakool, and Lower Shabelle,” a…

Obama offers wishes to Mandela on birthday

US President Barack Obama hailed Nelson Mandela on his 93rd birthday Monday, saying the former South African leader remains “a beacon for the global community, and for all who work for democracy, justice and reconciliation.” A statement issued by the White House on behalf of the president and his wife…

U.S., South Korea to stage joint drill next month

US and South Korean troops will stage an annual joint exercise next month to improve their combat-readiness, military authorities said Monday amid high cross-border tensions. The 10-day Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise will begin on August 16, the Combined Forces Command said in a statement. Ulchi Freedom Guardian is an annual…

White House welcomes Dalai Lama, China irked

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – China accused the United States on Saturday of “grossly” interfering in its internal affairs and damaging relations after President Barack Obama met exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House. Obama met the Nobel Prize laureate for some 45 minutes, praising him for embracing…

Deadly Mexico prison break near U.S. border

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — At least seven prisoners were killed and 59 others escaped after guards lost control of a prison in the town of Nuevo Laredo, on the border with the United States, state officials said. Soldiers surrounded the Sanctions Enforcement Center prison following a breakout that came after…

U.S. defense contractor pleads guilty to illegal exports to China

WASHINGTON — A US defense contractor pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one charge of conspiring to illegally export US Defense Department weapons plans to China, in an apparent money-saving scheme, the Justice Department said. From 2004 to 2009 the New Jersey-based Swiss Technology had contracts with the Defense Department to…

Inflation drops to 4.2% in June

Twelve-month inflation slowed unexpectedly to 4.2 percent in June from 4.5 percent in May as cheaper toys and televisions helped to offset high food and energy prices, official data showed on Tuesday. Consumer Prices Index inflation also surprisingly fell by 0.1 percent in June from May on a month-on-month basis,…

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