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Koch-founded group recycles misleading video to support union-busting in Ohio

A new ad out of FreedomWorks, the political advocacy group funded in-part by arch conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch, rankled critics Friday for recycling footage from a California protest to smear union workers in Ohio. The ad was part of a larger campaign FreedomWorks is planning, which includes a…

Fox News reporter appears to have lied about being ‘punched’ by protester

Fox News has been making a lot of hay about one of their reporters allegedly being “punched” by a protester in Madison, Wisconsin. Turns out, that didn’t happen. Mike Tobin, reporting from amid the massive demonstration on Friday, claimed that one of the protesters “punched” him in the arm. In…

Ohio readies union bill vote, Indiana delay continues

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A vote on an Ohio bill that would end collective bargaining rights for public employees could come as early as Wednesday, a state senator said on Sunday. Meanwhile, in Indiana, Democratic state representatives could stay in Illinois all week to avoid votes on bills they say would…

Facebook adds civil unions to profiles

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Facebook began letting its more than 600 million members indicate whether they are in civil unions or domestic partnerships in what was seen as a victory for same-sex couples. Facebook added “in a civil union” and “in a domestic partnership” to the list of relationship options…

Obama: Let’s fund clean energy by stripping giveaways to oil companies

WASHINGTON – In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama called for investments into clean energy, declaring they should be paid for in part by cutting federal subsidies and tax breaks for the oil industry. Obama said the United States should get 80 percent of its…

Schumer, Coburn to sit together during State of the Union

Two senators who normally find themselves on opposite sides of the aisle are casting partisanship aside for one night. Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) announced Sunday that they would buck the tradition of sitting only with their own party during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union…

Nine years, 50 days: US presence in Afghanistan as long as Soviet slog

The Soviet Union couldn’t win in Afghanistan, and now the United States is about to have something in common with that futile campaign: nine years, 50 days. On Friday, the U.S.-led coalition will have been fighting in this South Asian country for as long as the Soviets did in their…

911 call on Conn. shooting shows racial disparity

911 call reveals racial disparity at Conn. beer distributor where driver went on fatal rampage. A woman hiding under her desk tells an emergency dispatcher that a co-worker is in the midst of a shooting spree. The dispatcher presses for any information about the man. “I don’t know anything,” the…

Police: Alleged freeway shooter was targeting ACLU

Police say a California man arrested after a freeway shootout with authorities was planning to attack people at the American Civil Liberties Union and another nonprofit group. Oakland police Officer Jeff Thomason says Byron Williams was upset with the ACLU and Tides Foundation for their political views. Williams told investigators…

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