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Blumental”s lackluster apology for Vietnam service lies

Democratic Senatorial candidate and serial liar Richard Blumenthal is finally apologizing — sort of — for lying about serving his country in Vietnam. He says he “regrets” what his calls “misspeaking” about his military service. He says he made mistakes and is sorry for them. Critics say his only real sorrow is in getting caught lying about serving in Vietnam and other untrue claims, including a published report that he served as captain of the Harvard Swim Team when he — in fact — was never even a member of the team. Few think he tepid apology will satisfy critics.
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Rand Paul runs and hides from ‘Meet the Press’

Kentucky Republican Senatorial candidate Rand Paul, the shoot-from-the-lip embarrassment for the GOP, decided the heat was too great from recent off-the-wall comments and skipped a scheduled appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. Paul joined black activist Louis Farrakham and Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan as the guests WHO pulled out of an appearance on the top rated Sunday morning news show. After upsetting the GOP establishment with his win in the GOP Senatorial primary last week, Paul stuck his foot in his mouth and swallowed it with a serious of political statements ranging from supporting a restaurant’s right to
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Rand Paul’s inbred racism

Looks like Kentucky Republican Senatorial candidate and Tea Party darling Rand Paul inherited his father’s defense of racism in certain cases. The younger Paul has said before that he believes restaurants and other private businesses should be allowed to discriminate against minorities if they want while claiming he supports civil rights in “institutional situations.” Texas Congressman Ron Paul has often come under fire for past writings with racist overtones attributed to him that he now claims he didn’t write or authorize. But his son isn’t backing away from past statements that he believes business should be allowed to do just
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The old health care bill bait and switch

Zach Hoffman was confident his small business would qualify for a new tax cut in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law. But when he ran the numbers, Hoffman discovered that his office furniture company wouldn’t get any assistance with the $79,200 it pays annually in premiums for its 24 employees. “It leaves you with this feeling of a bait-and-switch,” he said. When the administration unveiled the small business tax credit earlier this week, officials touted its “broad eligibility” for companies with fewer than 25 workers and average annual wages under $50,000 that provide health coverage. Hoffman’s workers earn an
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Senate frontrunner lied about serving in Vietnam

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the acknowledged front runner for the Senate seat being vacated by Chris Dodd, lied repeatedly about serving in Vietnam. Blumenthal, a Democrat, not only never served in combat, he sought multiple deferments to avoid military service and — when those deferments ran out — used political connections to land a coveted spot in a Marine reserve unit that ran Toys for Tots drives and other ceremonial activities in Washington — assuring he would never serve in a war zone. “We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Blumenthal told a
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Foreclosures down but millions will still lose homes

Millions of Americans are still likely to lose their homes in the coming years, but the foreclosure crisis is finally showing signs of subsiding. The number of households facing foreclosure in April fell 2 percent from a year ago, the first annual decline in five years, RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday. But the data aren’t all sunny. While the number of new delinquencies is dropping, the number of borrowers losing their homes is still rising. Banks seized a record 92,000 homes last month. And there are millions more potential foreclosures ahead. Nearly 7.4 million borrowers, or 12 percent of all households
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Arizona Governor signs bill targeting ethnic studies

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill targeting a school district’s ethnic studies program, hours after a report by United Nations human rights experts condemned the measure. State schools chief Tom Horne, who has pushed the bill for years, said he believes the Tucson school district’s Mexican-American studies program teaches Latino students that they are oppressed by white people. Public schools should not be encouraging students to resent a particular race, he said. “It’s just like the old South, and it’s long past time that we prohibited it,” Horne said. Brewer’s signature on the bill Tuesday comes less than
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Arizona governor says ‘nada’ to delaying immigration law

A prominent Senate Democrat asked Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to put off her state’s controversial immigration law to give Congress a chance to act. Scant time passed before Brewer’s answer came back: No. The request by Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York was a long shot for getting a stalled Senate immigration initiative moving again. Even the White House thinks the Senate proposal is nearly dead. “There’s not enough support to move forward,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday. Still, among Democrats, there’s plenty of support for trying — at least in public — to advance immigration
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BP’s public relations nightmare

What do you call a gigantic man-made disaster that is threatening to despoil the ecosystems and wreck the economies of the Gulf Coast? The answer is important, if you happen to be one of the companies responsible for it. The massive slick spreading toward Louisiana has gone by several names since crude oil began gushing from a damaged drilling rig on April 20. Media accounts have referred to it as “the Gulf oil spill,” “the Deepwater Horizon spill” and the “Gulf Coast disaster.” President Obama, leaving little doubt about whom he considers responsible for the epic mess, put a brand
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Farm subsidies: The rich keep getting richer

Lawmakers crafting a sweeping farm bill in 2008 promised it would cut government payments to wealthy farmers. Two years later, little appears to have changed. Data being made public Wednesday shows that the wealthiest farmers in the country are still receiving the bulk of government cash, despite claims from lawmakers that reforms in the bill would put more money in the hands of smaller farms. At the same time, a series of exemptions written into the bill has made it more difficult for the public to find out who is receiving what. Lawmakers writing the $290 billion bill included several
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