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DoD report clears McChrystal, slams Rolling Stone

A Department of Defense investigation casts doubt on many of the claims made against Gen. Stanley McChrystal in a controversial Rolling Stone article that cost the general his job as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.   An investigator general’s report released Monday says the investigation found “no evidence of wrongdoing” by McChrystal in his job. The general, now retired, just took a new job job as leader of the White House “initiative to support military families.” The report found significant inaccuracies in the June 2010 article, The Runaway General, written by Michael Hastings. “Not all of the events at
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Arizona governor slaps down ‘birther’ law

In a rare moment of sanity in a state not known for logic, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Monday vetoed a controversial bill that would require Presidential candidates to prove their U.S. citizenship before they could appear on ballots in that state.   The bill, a knee-jerk political homage to the so-called “birther” movement popular with the rabid right and aimed directly at President Barack Obama, come from the state that spawned the illegal immigration law that allows profiling and widespread discrimination against those of Hispanic descent. Brewer said she vetoed the bill because it gives the state’s secretary of state
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GOP takes nation on a sharp turn to the right: Are they going too far?

The rabid right-wing of the Republican Party, swept into office in Congress and taking over statehouses in many states because of widespread voter dissatisfaction with the status quo, is wasting no time putting their conservative agenda into play. A rapid push to restrict abortions while expanding gun rights is sweeping the nation, put into place by GOP governors and state legislators who see their election as mandates to do whatever they damn well please. Democrats find themselves out manned and out maneuvered from one end of the country to another as Republicans push through polling station photo ID laws, clamp
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Obama: A one-term President?

  President Barack Obama’s public approval ratings is heading back into the cellar with a new Gallup Poll showing just 41 percent of Americans giving him a thumbs up for his job performance — tying a record low he reached twice in 2010.   The poll comes as the President launches his re-election bid and pushes taxes increases while most of the nation struggles in an uncertain economy. Obama’s support is slipping the most with independent voters — the ones who put him into office in 2008 and his numbers are also falling with Democrats.  Only 35 percent of independents
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Obama on czars: ‘Hell no, they won’t go’

The ink isn’t dry on the controversial 2011 spending bill but President Barack Obama is already showing signs he will ignore the parts of the law if he wants and he wants to ignore the part that bans his contentious “czars.” Republicans managed to put language in the bill that cut the salaries of four “czars” that advise the President on health care, climate change, auto manufacturing and urban affairs. Obama issued a signing statement Friday that says, in effect, “hell no, the czars won’t go.” “The president also has the prerogative to obtain advice that will assist him in
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Is the Obama administration soft on porn?

Attorney General Eric Holder is shutting down the Bush-era Justice Department Obscenity Prosecution Task Force and conservatives in Congress are mad as hell. The rabid right wants more action against porn and they are agitating the faithful in Congress to create yet another headache for the Obama administation. Justice Department spokesmen say the government is not giving up the fight against porn but want local U.S. attorneys and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Criminal Division to handle porn cases. The Obscenity Prosecution Task Force was set up during George W. Bush’s administration because of pressure from the
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Another day, another napping air traffic controller

Yet another air traffic has fallen asleep on duty — this time in South Florida — marking the fifth time that aircraft in the air have been in danger because someone manning a radar screen was snoozing on the job. The Federal Aviation Administration disclosed the incident at a Miami radar center and the agency said it is changing work schedules because the current system clearly is causing fatigue on the job. The latest incident involved a controller at a regional facility that handles high-altitude air traffic. The FAA claims the napping controller “did not miss any calls” and said
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Surprise, surprise! Rich pay less in income taxes

In today’s “oh really” department, the Internal Revenue Service tells us that the rich pay less taxes than they used to and about half of all American households pay no income taxes whatsoever. The average federal income tax rate for all taxpayers fell from 9.9 percent to 9.3 percent from 1992 through 2007 while the tax rate paid by the 400 richest Americans dropped from 26 percent to 17 percent for the same period. Few taxpayers ever reach the top rate of 35 percent because the tax laws provide so many breaks and loopholes.  You get tax breaks for having
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California Republican sent photo of Obama as an ape

A senior Orange County, California, Republican official sent out an email that included an altered photo of President Barack Obama, portraying him as an ape. Marilyn Davenport, a member of the Southern California Republican Party central committee, reportedly sent out the email that included a photo of chimpanzee parents and child — with Obama’s face superimposed on the chimpanzee child — with the caption: “Now you know why no birth certificate.” Davenport sent the photo to her right-wing GOP mailing list and it went viral on conservative forums and bulletin boards. Davenport promised the Associated Press that she would issue
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Palin’s road show fizzles in Wisconsin

Sarah Palin revived her road show Saturday in Madison, Wisconsin, spouting the tea party line to a few hundred supporters who gathered in blowing snow and freezing temperatures to hear the polarizing political figure deliver her standard talking points.   “Hey folks, he’s trying to save your jobs and your pensions,” Palin screamed. “Your govenror did the right thing and you won! Your beautiful state won! And people still have their jobs!” But Palin’s words drifted over a gathering far smaller than the tens of thousands who have rallied a the capital to protest Wisconsin Scott Walker’s efforts to bust
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