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Tea Party gun lovers pack heat at Montana rally

About two dozen gun-toting Tea Party activists staged a rally at the Montana statehouse on Friday to support the Second Amendment right to bear arms and limiting the reach of the federal government. Outnumbered by the media and politicians in attendance, the protesters spoke in favor of conservative-backed bills to nullify various U.S. laws, such as the Endangered Species Act or the newly enacted reform of the nation’s healthcare system. The demonstrators had received special permission in advance to bring their weapons, unloaded and secured, to the state Capitol grounds for the rally. “What a beautiful March day to gather
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Arizona shooter indicted on 49 counts

Federal prosecutors on Friday unsealed an expanded 49-count indictment against Tucson shooting rampage suspect Jared Lee Loughner, setting in motion the formal process of deciding whether to seek the death penalty. The latest indictment charges Loughner with first-degree murder of a federal employee in the deaths of a federal judge and an aid to U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, gravely wounded in the attack at a meet-and-greet event for her constituents. Loughner, 22, also is charged with causing the deaths of four other people who were “participants at a federally provided activity” when they were gunned down at the January 8
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Wisconsin layoffs loom amid budget impasse

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker issued layoff warning notices on Friday to unions representing state workers as a battle intensified between Republican and Democratic lawmakers over union bargaining rights that has sparked protests and a national debate. Read the full story.
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