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Obama Administration Changes Course On Bank Secrecy Case

The U.S. Supreme Court should reject a banking industry appeal aimed at stopping release of details about the Federal Reserve’s emergency 2008 bank loans, the Obama administration said as it changed course on the corporate secrecy case. Content from The Huffington Post, obtained via an RSS feed, as in all content in in our Political briefs section. Most web sites use RSS to feature blurbs withs links back to the original site. HuffPo features many stories from other sites with links back to the original source. For some reason, HuffPo often features the full content of the story in their
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Congressman’s Staffers Urged Him To Get Psychiatric Help

PORTLAND, Ore. — Senior staffers of U.S. Rep. David Wu were so alarmed over the Oregon Democrat’s erratic behavior just days before the November election that they demanded he enter a hospital for psychiatric treatment, a newspaper reported Friday evening. The Oregonian, citing interviews with a number of anonymous staff members, reported on its website that Wu was increasingly unpredictable on the campaign trial and in private last fall, and had several angry and loud outbursts and sometimes said “kooky” things to staff and potential voters and donors. A similar report was carried on the Willamette Week newspaper’s website on
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Sarah Palin To Wisconsin Protesters: You’re Fighting ‘The Wrong Fight’

MADISON, Wis. — Sarah Palin says union members protesting Wisconsin Republicans’ plan to help balance the state’s budget by cutting collective bargaining rights are taking up “the wrong fight at the wrong time.” Palin weighed in on the debate in a Friday night posting on her Facebook page but didn’t indicate whether she would join weekend conservative counter-protests organized by groups including the Tea Party Patriots and Americans for Prosperity. In the posting addressed to “union brothers and sisters,” Palin says Wisconsin taxpayers shouldn’t be asked to pay for benefits “that are not sustainable.” She says “real solidarity means everyone
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Sarah Palin: Bristol Googled Information On The Economy For Me

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin reportedly tasked her oldest daughter, Bristol, with taking to Google to mine a little data on the economy in preparation for her appearance Thursday in Long Island, New York. The Los Angeles Times reports: Palin was accompanied by her daughter, Bristol, whom she described as her “entourage.” She said she had asked Bristol, in their hotel room Wednesday night, to Google information about the economy in preparation for the appearance in a country club ballroom. In a rare event in which she took questions from attendees, Palin also addressed her controversial use of “death panels”
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Wisconsin Democrats: Hey, we can do this for weeks

Democrats on the run in Wisconsin avoided state troopers Friday and threatened to stay in hiding for weeks, potentially paralyzing the state government in a standoff with majority Republicans over union rights for public employees. The dramatic flight from the state stalled a proposal that seeks to ease Wisconsin’s budget woes by cutting the pay, benefits and collective bargaining rights of many government workers. Democrats who stayed in Madison scored their own victory, forcing the state Assembly to adjourn until at least Tuesday without taking a vote. The party’s two-front battle against the legislation is the boldest action yet by
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Obama Reverses Bush Birth Control Rules

WASHINGTON — (AP) The government has replaced a Bush-era rule that became a flash point in the debate over abortions, clarifying that doctors and nurses have a long-standing federal right not to participate in the procedures. Federal laws for years have forbidden discrimination against health care professionals who refuse to perform abortions or sterilizations, or to provide referrals for them on religious or moral grounds. The regulation, instituted in the last days of the Bush administration, was supposed to strengthen those protections by adding a requirement that institutions that receive federal money certify their compliance with the so-called conscience laws,
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Craig Crawford: Obama’s Wisconsin Power Play

Is it legal for a president to lobby a state legislature? I guess so, but the constitutional implications are a bit worrisome. Obama’s “political machine worked in close coordination” with Wisconsin labor unions to organize protests there and in other states, according to the Washington Post. Their cause might be just, opposing cuts in benefits for public employees, but the proposed bill in the state legislature has nothing to do with the federal government. The Constitution’s Tenth Amendment supposedly reserves power over this sort of issue exclusively to the states. You’d think Obama’s troubles with Congress keep him busy enough
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