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Court rules that employers can fire ‘too sexy’ employees

  The Iowa Supreme Court ruled on Friday that employers in the state can legally fire workers they find too attractive. In a unanimous decision, the court held that a dentist did not violate the state’s civil rights act when he terminated a female dental assistant whom his wife considered a threat to their marriage. The dental assistant, Melissa Nelson, who worked for dentist James Knight for more than 10 years and had never flirted with him, according to the testimony of both parties, sued, saying she would not have been fired if she were a man. At trial, Knight
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Boehner’s ‘fiscal cliff’ bill lacks votes to pass, House recesses

The U.S. House of Representatives abruptly recessed on Thursday amid uncertainty if Republicans had the votes needed to pass a “fiscal cliff” tax plan offered by Speaker John Boehner. Boehner and fellow Republicans huddled in his office. The bill would renew tax breaks for all but only about 1 percent of Americans. Some conservative oppose the measure, saying all should be protected against tax hikes.
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Hunger, homeless on the rise in U.S. cities

Across the United States, the number of hungry and homeless people is growing, and budget fights at the federal level are threatening the aid many need to survive, the U.S. Conference of Mayors said on Thursday. Amidst the holiday season of family feasts and corporate dinners, the mayors released a report that found requests for emergency food assistance rose in 21 out of the 25 cities it surveyed in 2012 and remained at the same level in three. More than half the cities said homelessness increased. “This report is a stark reminder of the long-lasting impact the recession has had
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Suzy Hamilton: From prostitute to Olympic athlete

Three-time Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton says she coped with depression and a troubled marriage by turning to a life of prostitution. In a series of posts to her Twitter account, Favor Hamilton acknowledged working as an escort following a report Thursday on The Smoking Gun website about her double life. “I do not expect people to understand,” Favor Hamilton tweeted. “But the reasons for doing this made sense to me at the time and were very much related to depression.” The Smoking Gun said the 44-year-old athlete has been working for the last year for a Las Vegas escort service
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Overconfident Romney was so sure of victory that he spent 25 grand on victory fireworks

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was so confident of victory against President Barack Obama that he spent $25,000 for victory fireworks, had already drawn up a list of White House appointments and took it easy on election day when his opponents were still working hard to get out the vote. Political insiders tell Capitol Hill Blue that Romney didn’t think he could lose and was genuinely “shell shocked” when he lost the Presidential race in an electoral vote landslide to Obama. “He was supremely confident and delayed conceding the race as long as possible because he just didn’t believe he
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Seven Navy SEALs punished for giving classified info to video game maker; Four others under investigtion

Seven Navy SEALs from Team Six were disciplined recently for disclosing classified information to a video game maker, Capitol Hill Blue has confirmed. One of the seven was part of the raiding party that killed Osama in Laden.  At least four other team members are also under investigation for providing classified tactical information for use in the upcoming video game “Medal of Honor: Warfighter.” SEALS are often used as subjects of combat video games. Pentagon sources tell Capitol Hill Blue that all of the SEALS involved in the matter face a “nonjudical punishment,” which can include a reduction in rank,
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One final nail in Romney’s coffin: He lost Florida

The counting in the 2012 Presidential election is over.  The Florida results are finally in and President Barack Obama won there too. Obama carried the Sunshine State by 55,825 votes — close but not close enough for a recount to make any difference and the Mitt Romney campaign Thursday admitted they lost but said they could have won if they has just tried harder. “The numbers in Florida show this was winnable,” Romney Florida advisor Brett Doster told Capitol Hill Blue in a statement. “We thought, based on our polling and range or organization that we had done what we
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Boehner declares Obamacare ‘the law of the land’

Speaker of the House John Boehner, displaying a rare admission of the obvious, Thursday declared Obamacare the “law of the land” and said he would no longer pursue the highly-political and fruitless strategy of trying to ram through a repeal in Congress.” “The election changes that,” Boehner said in an interview with ABC News.  “It’s pretty clear that the President was re-elected. Obamacare is the law of the land.” Exit polls showed repeated GOP efforts to repeal the law after it was passed didn’t sit well with voters.  Boehner and other Congressional GOP leaders tried over and over to repeal
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Obama’s second term: Change or more of the same?

Now that his re-election is secured, President Barack Obama has a freer hand to deal with a world of familiar problems in fresh ways, from toughening America’s approach to Iran and Syria while potentially engaging other repressive countries such as Cuba and North Korea and refocusing on moribund Middle East peace efforts. The first tweaks in his Iran policy could come within weeks, officials said. But a pressing task for Obama will be to assign a new team to carry out his national security agenda. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has announced her plans to retire but could stay
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Obama, Republicans draw lines on new budget deal

Taking little time to celebrate, President Barack Obama is setting out to leverage his re-election into legislative success in an upcoming showdown with congressional Republicans over taxes, deficits and the impending “fiscal cliff.” House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans are willing to consider some form of higher tax revenue as part of the solution — but only “under the right conditions.” All sides are setting out opening arguments for the negotiations to come. Even before returning to Washington from his hometown of Chicago, Obama was on the phone Wednesday with the four top leaders of the House and Senate —
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