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F-bombs away! Court strikes down FCC obscenity rule

F-bombs away! Court strikes down FCC obscenity rule

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s indecency policy is unconstitutionally vague and could create a chilling effect beyond “fleeting expletives” heard on broadcasts, an appeals court ruled on Tuesday in a major win for broadcasting companies. The ruling, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York, arose after Bono, frontman for […]

Tea Party billboard compares Obama to Hitler

Tea Party billboard compares Obama to Hitler

A billboard created by an Iowa tea party group that compares President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin is drawing sharp criticism — even from fellow tea party activists who have condemned it as offensive and a waste of money. The North Iowa Tea Party began displaying the billboard in downtown Mason City […]

Dems plan: Trap GOP on tough votes

Dems plan: Trap GOP on tough votes

President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats have settled on an agenda for the final weeks before Congress’ summer recess that could force Republicans to take tough votes on populist issues like unemployment insurance and a small business loan program. It comes with Democrats clawing for advantage amid a nasty political climate and in the face […]

Voters reject Tea Party candidate in Alabama

Voters reject Tea Party candidate in Alabama

A mainstream Republican rolled past a tea party activist Tuesday in the GOP runoff for a southeast Alabama congressional seat that Republicans hope to reclaim. Montgomery City Councilwoman Martha Roby was drawing 60 percent in the unofficial count in the 2nd Congressional District GOP runoff Tuesday against Rick Barber, a former Marine who operates a […]

Another glitch in oil spill drama

Another glitch in oil spill drama

The plan to start choking off oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico was suddenly halted as government officials and BP said further analysis must be done Wednesday before critical tests could proceed. No explanation was given for the decision, and no date was set for when testing would begin on the new, tighter-fitting cap […]

Mel Gibson beat up girlfriend

Mel Gibson beat up girlfriend

Mel Gibson was heard allegedly acknowledging he hit the mother of his 8-month-old daughter in a recording released Monday by a celebrity news website. The eight-minute recording posted by RadarOnline.com was purportedly a phone argument between Gibson and then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. A voice sounding distinctively like the Academy Award-winner was heard telling Grigorieva that she […]

Americans lose faith in Obama

Americans lose faith in Obama

Nearly 60 percent of American voters say they lack faith in President Barack Obama, according to a public opinion poll published on Tuesday. The results of the Washington Post/ABC News poll are a reversal of what voters said at the start of Obama’s presidency 18 months ago when about 60 percent expressed confidence in his […]

Newt ponders Presidential run

Newt ponders Presidential run

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Monday he’s seriously considering seeking the Republican presidential nomination and will announce his decision early next year. Gingrich, 67, told The Associated Press that he would focus on helping Republican candidates through the midterm elections in November, then decide in February or March whether to seek the GOP […]

Brown, Snowe back financial reform bill

Brown, Snowe back financial reform bill

Sens. Olympia Snowe and Scott Brown pushed sweeping financial legislation to the edge of final passage Monday, both announcing they intend to support the regulatory overhaul despite initial misgivings. Snowe of Maine and Brown of Massachusetts join Susan Collins of Maine as three crucial Republican votes for the legislation. “While not perfect, the legislation takes […]

Sen. Vitter backs birthers

Sen. Vitter backs birthers

Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana says he supports conservative organizations challenging President Barack Obama’s citizenship in court. Vitter, who is running for re-election, made the comments at a town hall-style event in Metairie, La., on Sunday when a constituent asked what he would do about what the questioner said was Obama’s “refusal to produce […]