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GOP Rep who wanted mentally disabled shipped to Sibera quits New Hampshire legislature

A 91-year-old freshman lawmaker in New Hampshire who suggested the mentally disabled should be shipped to Siberia resigned Monday from the state House and said he was sorry that his “big mouth caused this furor.” Rep. Martin Harty’s comments came to light last week during testimony at a hearing on proposed cuts to the state budget. He said he was kidding around with a female caller who supported funding for the homeless when he raised the issue of eugenics and the world’s population growth. Harty, a Republican from Barrington, said he didn’t know what to do with mentally disturbed people
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Palin’s plummenting poll problem

A new Bloomberg poll shows Sarah Palin‘s 15 minutes of fame and glory is coming to an end. Nationally, 60 percent of voters now have a an unfavorable view of Palin while moe than half — 38 percent view her “very” unfavorable.  That rating is higher than the combined ratings of Newt Gingrich, Chris Christie and Donald Trump. Only 33 percent of those polled had a favorable view of the Alaska Governor who quit before her term ended and was the vice presidential candidate in John McCain‘s losing Presidential campaign in 2008. Palin’s problems don’t end with polls. Her comments
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Freedom of Information: An impossible dream?

Experts on the U.S. Freedom of Information Act are telling Congress that the law remains an unwieldy and inefficient tool for obtaining government records despite President Barack Obama‘s promise to reinvigorate the law and improve his administration’s transparency. John Podesta, president of the progressive Center for American Progress, says in testimony prepared for the Senate Judiciary Committee that federal agencies have not implemented Obama’s order aggressively enough. The hearing is expected later Tuesday. Podesta, a former White House chief of staff in the Clinton administration, also says there is evidence some agencies have reduced their backlogs of information requests through
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Major quake would devastate California

California will experience unthinkable damage when the next powerful quake strikes, probably within 30 years, even though the state prides itself on being on the leading edge of earthquake science. Modern skyscrapers built to the state’s now-rigorous building codes might ride out the big jolt that experts say is all but inevitable, but the surviving buildings will tower over a carpet of rubble from older structures that have collapsed. Hot desert winds could fan fires that quakes inevitably cause, overwhelming fire departments, even as ancient water pipelines burst, engineers and architects say. Part of the lesson from the disaster that
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Obama’s promises: Just more empty political rhetoric

Barack Obama sure talked a good game when he mesmerized the public with his captivating rhetoric that propelled him to win the Presidency in 2008 but two years into his occupation of White House shows a long string of broken promises, failure of leadership and an unwillingness to keep his promises to the American voters. As state employees of Wisconsin struggled to hold on to their collective bargaining rights, Obama and the rest of his administration stayed in Washington, unwilling to commit to the battle. As health insurance lobbyists stepped up the pressure on the health care debate, Obama —
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Why did the Obama administration stay out of Wisconsin?

Union leaders urged Vice President Joe Biden during a White House meeting last month to go to Wisconsin and rally the faithful in their fight against Gov. Scott Walker’s move to curtail collective bargaining rights for most public employees. Request rebuffed, they asked for Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. So far, however, the White House has stayed away from any trips to Madison, the state capital, or other states in the throes of union battles. The Obama administration is treading carefully on the contentious political issue that has led to a national debate over the power that public sector unions wield
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Scott Walker’s ‘new direction’ polarizes Wisconsin

When Scott Walker, Wisconsin‘s new Republican governor, kicked off his campaign for the job nearly two years ago, he vowed to take this state, with its long progressive history, in “a new direction.” Eight weeks into his term, Walker has definitely kept his promise — though negative opinion polls and mass protests suggest many people do not like where he is headed. Critics, especially in the labor movement, fear Walker’s policies are taking Wisconsin, whose official motto is “Forward,” — backward. The most controversial of these policies is a plan to strip teachers, nurses, highway workers and other public employees
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Obama’s profile problem

Call it an above-the-fray strategy. On hot issues that Democrats and Republicans have found cause to fret about — from spending reductions to state labor disputes — President Barack Obama is keeping a low profile. Democrats like Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia want him more publicly engaged in budget negotiations in Congress while others want him to denounce Republican proposed program cuts. Democrats like Rep. Keith Ellison want him to go to Wisconsin to stand in solidarity with public unions fighting to retain their bargaining rights. Some lawmakers in both parties want him to take a greater lead against
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Gingrich: ‘Serving America made me screw around’

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, married three times and a self-admitted adulterer, says he screwed around because of his passion for America. “There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt agout this country, that I worked far too hard and that things happened in my life that were not appropriate,” Gingrich told CBS news. In other words, serving his country made him horny. While serving in Congress, Gingrich had a reputation for playing around. He admits to an affair with is third wife while he was still married to number two and he
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Actress with history of film nudity will play Palin

Julianne Moore, an actress whose screen roles include a fair share of nudity, will play Sarah Palin in the film adaptation of Game Change, the book chronicling the 2008 Presidential election. Moore has shown a willingness to bare it all on film and lots of her were on display in the film Boogie Nights, where she played a porn star. Since a new book by a former Palin aide says husband Scott said the former Alaska governor and political phenom likes to walk around the house with her her robe open, maybe Moore will find an excuse to turn Palin
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