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New Mexico saying ‘adios’ to big banks

New Mexico's state legislature is moving quickly to move its money out of big financial institutions and turn it over to credit unions and community banks.

The state's House of Representatives voted 65-0 this week for a bill that allows the state to move $2 billion - $5 billion of state funds.

The municipal funds bill still must be approved by New Mexico's Senate but passage appears likely.

Governor Bill Richardson says he supports the legislation and will sign the bill if it reaches his desk.
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Jon Stewart’s take on Palin’s hand-job

Comedian-cum-news-commentator Jon Stewart, as expected, had a field day with revelations that Sarah Palin had "crib notes" written on her hand during an interview with Fox News that included questions scripted and pre-approved in advance.

It's the latest example of dingbat behavior by the Wonder from Wasilla, the former Alaska Governor who quit in mid term, the failed Republican vice presidential candidate who -- defying all logic -- remains the darling of the right-wing and the Tea Party movement.

What makes the story even more amazing is that Palin -- while having to refer to her buzzword crib notes -- had the gall to criticize President Barack Obama for using a teleprompter.
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Washington surrenders to nature’s onslaught

The Nation's Capital fell to conquerors this week, defeated by a mighty force that overwhelmed the might of a world superpower.

The Washington Post announced on its front page that the National Capital Region "surrendered" to Mother Nature.

Overwhelmed by the weekend blizzard that dumped more than two feet of snow on the center of power and politics in America, nature hit the region with a second strike Tuesday, adding five inches of snow to the mix along with sleet, freezing rain and more misery and woe.

Federal officials announced the government would remain closed for the week. The city's Metro subway system is operating only underground, leaving suburbs without service because most of their stations -- including the one that serves Washington's National Airport -- are above ground.
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Government shutdown continues into second day

More than 230,000 federal employees in the National Capital Region stayed home for a second day Tuesday as Washington and the surrounding area tried to dig out of the record-breaking storm that dumped more than two feet of snow over the weekend.

Taxi drivers collected a $100 "snow fare" over the standard rate for anyone who needed to get to the region's airports and Washingtonians braced for even more snow bearing down on the area.

"I'm done with city, urban snow life," Washington resident Chis Vaughan told The Associated Press. Vaughan managed to avoid the "snow fare" by bribing a friend with a bottle of wine in exchange for a trip to the airport.
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Discredited ‘birther’ issue still sells with Tea Party types

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Joe Farah, the bombastic, right-wing extremist who runs WorldNetDaily, tried to interject the long-ago discredited "birther" movement into the Tea Party convention over the weekend.

Farah devoted 10 minutes of a speech to the convention rehasing the same, tired questions over President Barack Obama's citizenship while overlooking -- as he always does -- the simple fact that the State of Hawaii verified Obama's birth and ended the debate in the eyes of all but the most fanatical zealots.

His comments irritated blogger Andrew Briebart who told WND's Chelsea Schilling that Farah was barking up the wrong tree.
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Republicans wary of Obama’s public health care summit

Republicans have said all along they want the health care  debate out in the open and criticized President Barack Obama for holding discussions behind closed doors.

So Obama proposes a televised summit with Democrats and Republicans and now the GOP says it's not too sure that's such a good idea.

Republicans have issued a list of "pre-conditions" and -- if they don't get what they want -- they might not show up.

Some feel Obama and the Democrats are laying a trap and they say they're not going to walk into it.
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Obama adviser: GOP playing politics with terrorism

The top counterterrorism adviser to President Barack Obama struck back at Republican members of Congress Sunday, saying they use national security issues as a "political football" for their own agenda.

Republicans have pounded the White House for mistakes in the arrest of Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, accused of the failed Christmas Day bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner.

"Quite frankly I'm tiring of politicians using national security issues such as terrorism as political football. They're going out there, they're unknowing of the facts, and they're making charges and allegations that are not anchored in reality," White House counterrorism adviser John Brennan told David Gregory on NBC's "Meet the Press."
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