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Michele Bachmann announces White House run

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (AFP) – Michele Bachmann, a Congresswoman championed by the Republicans’ Tea Party wing, announced she had formally filed her candidacy in the 2012 presidential election. Bachmann used the start of the Republicans’ first big televised debate to make the announcement. “I filed today my paperwork to seek…

U.S. investigates runway plane collision in New York

PARIS (Reuters) – U.S. investigators have impounded an Air France A380 which collided with a smaller jet at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport on Monday but the airline says transatlantic A380 flights will be unaffected. The Airbus superjumbo, the world’s largest jetliner with a wingspan of almost 80 meters (yards), hit the tail section…

US Marine Corps buying 80 F-35C fighter jets

WASHINGTON – The US Marine Corps is buying 80 F-35C joint strike fighter planes, the Pentagon said, casting doubt on plans to buy a vertical-landing version still under development. A short take-off, vertical landing model the F-35B destined for the Navy has run into “considerable” development difficulties and has been…

Right wing radio host Hal Turner gets 33 months for threats to judges

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A right-wing Internet radio host was sentenced on Tuesday to 33 months in prison for threatening the lives of three Chicago federal appeals court judges after they upheld a local gun control law. Harold Turner, 48, was convicted by a jury in August in Brooklyn federal…

Matthews: Tea Party supporters ‘acting like street thugs,’ Nazi-era ‘hoodlums’

Supporters of Tea Party favorites Alaska Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller and Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul have been “acting like street thugs,” MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said Wednesday. Last week, Miller’s security handcuffed and attempted to arrest a reporter for the Alaska Dispatch. The Miller campaign was unapologetic and…

Murdoch blames left wing for ‘most virulent strains’ of anti-Semitism

Donations to GOP, US Chamber of Commerce ‘in the interest of the country,’ Murdoch asserts Accepting an award from the Anti-Defamation League, Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch criticized left wing groups and activists for what he said was a growing trend towards anti-Semitism. “Today it seems that the most virulent…

Gingrich: Tea Party will become ‘militant wing’ of GOP

Former President Bill Clinton got into trouble with conservatives after he compared today’s political climate with the climate preceding the Oklahoma City bombing. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich seems to be having a moment of his own: in a little-noticed appearance Wednesday, he suggested that the Tea Party will become…

Israeli police chief threatened by right wing settlers: report

JERUSALEM — Israel has tightened security around police chief Dudi Cohen after he received death threats believed to be from hardline Jewish settlers, Israeli news reports said on Sunday. “You have been condemned to the next life, your end is nigh,” said one anonymous letter sent to Cohen, the reports…

Olbermann dares O’Reilly to sue NBC over Law & Order jab

Ever since an episode of Law & Order: SVU stepped into partisan politics last week with a character’s declaration that right-wing news hosts like Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck “spread ignorance and hate,” the right-wing blogosphere and talk radio-sphere have been up in arms about the politicization of a prime-time…

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