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Supreme Court might ignite new battle in gun control war

Lock and load…the Supreme Court will weigh in soon with a gun ruling that could open he door for more gun control by states and localities or it could slam it shut in the faces of advocates for stricter legislation. The court will soon decide whether or not the Second Amendment — used by gun fanciers as the quid pro quo for packing heat — applies to states as well as the federal government. Some Constitutional scholars believe it does. The court is considering a case that could strike down handgun bans in Chicago and suburban Oak Park as part
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Gulf War illness will get ‘second look’

Two decades after the Gulf War that left many Veterans with illnesses, the Veterans Affairs Department says it will finally take a look at those illnesses to see if they were related to the conflict. The long-overdue decision comes far too late for many veterans who have died from a rash of illnesses but many others suffer from a variety of health problems, including sleep disorders, back pain and gastrointestinal problems. Some medical experts say the problems stem from drugs given to soldiers to “protect” them from nerve agetns. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki admits his department had done little to
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Is Olbermann a liability for MSNBC?

MSNBC’s bombastic left-wing “news” anchor Keith Olbermann is out of control and causing increasing problems for the cable news network, NBC insiders say. Olbermann, who fancies himself as a cross between news legend Edward R. Murrow and Howard Beale, the mad prophet newsman of the black comedy movie “Network,” went after former MSNBC general manager Dan Abrams Wednesday night, claiming Abrams had been fired and had a grudge against the network. The tirade left NBC executives red-faced because Abrams, a lawyer, is still employed by NBC as a news analyst on legal issues. Olbermann castigated Abrams in a new segment
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Tea Party challenges Olbermann’s hypocrisy

Tea Party advocates have a message for liberal loudmouth Keith Olbermann: Put up or shut up. After Olbermann delivered one of his bombastic attacks on the Tea Party movement, calling it an all -white group that lacks diversity, the Dallas Tea Party posted a YouTube video that challenges the MSNBC news/entertainment host to show up at a rally this weekend and check out the group himself. “Something tells me you’ve never been to a tea party,” one group activist says to Olbermann in the video. “We think you need to get out of your bubble.” The rebuttal came after Olbermann
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Americans: Government is broken big time

Nearly nine of every 10 Americans think the government of this country is broken but they still hope that the it can be fixed. That’s the result of a new CNN/Opinion Research poll released Sunday. The poll of 1,023 adults found 86 percent feel the nation’s government is broken. Of that 86 percent, 81 percent feel that the parts of government that is broken can be fixed. The number has grown eight percentage points since 2006 and is the highest on record. “That increase is highest among higher income Americans and people who live in rural areas,” reports CNN Polling
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The new poor: No jobs, no hope

The greatest recession since the Great Depression has created a new, large and growing class of “new poor,” composed of millions who held jobs for most of their lives but now face years of unemployment and little hope of ever regaining the standard of living they once knew and took for granted. Millions of Americans remain out of work, out of savings and soon will be out of unemployment benefits. Economists says a recovery will leave more people behind than ever before because the recovery will not create enough jobs to put the record levels of jobless back to work.
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CPAC red-faced over Paul’s straw poll win

The wheels came off the smooth-running Conservative Political Action Conference right-wing love machine this weekend when libertarian political gadfly Ron Paul won the 2010 straw poll and sent boos through the meeting ballroom. Paul garnered 31 percent of the vote, topping perennial winner and favorite Mitt Romney by nine points. Everyone else, including GOP sex symbol Sarah Palin, who bagged the conference, finished in single digits. Politico reports that “CPA organizers were plainly embarassed by the results, which could reduce the perceived impact of a contest that was once thought to offer a window into which White House hopefuls were
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Grudge leads to plane crashing into building

A software engineer with an apparent grudge against the government crashed his small plane into an office building with nearly 200 Internal Revenue Service employees inside, killing himself and at least one worker. Before flying his single engine Piper PA-28 into the hulking black-glass office building Thursday morning, A. Joseph Stack III apparently posted a rambling screed on a Web site in which he railed against “big brother,” the Catholic Church, the “unthinkable atrocities” committed by big business and the governments bailouts that followed. In the note, signed “Joe Stack (1956-2010)” and dated Thursday, he said he slowly came to
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Job losses, skepticism offset stimulus gains, claims

The jobless got a hand. Taxpayers got tax breaks. And a sinking economy stabilized. But the public’s response to President Barack Obama‘s recession-fighting policies has been increasingly dreary. And the reason is simple: six months of unemployment above 9.6 percent. “It doesn’t yet feel like much of a recovery,” Obama had to concede Wednesday, even as he sought to promote his year-old massive economic stimulus bill. Unemployment trumps all else. It provides a lens through which the public reads an economic narrative of bank bailouts, executive bonuses, expensive health care remedies and exploding debt. In that environment, gross domestic product
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Corolla probe: Another blow to Toyota’s credibility

Toyota faces a new US probe into complaints of steering problems with the Corolla, the world’s best-selling car, in a fresh setback to the crisis-hit auto giant’s efforts to restore trust in its brand. The Japanese maker, already pulling more than eight million cars worldwide over defects linked to more than 30 deaths, said Wednesday it was looking into the issue and would recall the Corolla if it found a dangerous flaw. Another recall would deal a heavy blow to efforts by the world’s biggest automaker to bounce back from a string of safety issues and criticism that it was
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