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MSNBC suspends Scarborough for donations to GOP candidates

MSNBC said Friday that “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough will be suspended for donating to four Republican candidates in local Florida races, two weeks after Keith Olbermann was suspended for making political contributions to Democrats. Scarborough said he agreed with the two-day suspension, which is the same duration as Olbermann’s. The donations, first reported by the website Politico, came between 2004 and 2008. Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida, made eight donations of $500 apiece to campaigns for Florida offices being run by his brother, George, former congressional staffer David Stafford and family friends Don Gaetz and his son,
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Democrats Vow To Push Major Filibuster Reform

WASHINGTON — Leaders of the effort to reform the filibuster in the Senate are pushing forward despite the election outcome, working to gather support within the Democratic caucus while reaching out to Republicans. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) said that he and a core group of members will canvass their colleagues throughout November and December. “We’ll start the informal discussion in our caucus. Are you for reform? What kind of reform?” Udall told HuffPost. On the first day of the 112th Congress, Udall said, he will rise and make a motion to establish rules for the session, making the argument that
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Obama claims NATO supports missle defense system

President Barack Obama announced Friday that NATO has agreed to his plans for a new, expanded missile defense system for Europe that would cover all NATO member countries and the United states. The U.S. has a missile defense system based mainly in North America, and is planning one for its European allies. “For the first time, we’ve agreed to develop a missile defense capability that is strong enough to cover all NATO European territory and populations as well as the United States,” Obama said. NATO’s acceptance of the missile-shield plan was a bright spot for a president who has suffered
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GQ Names Mayor Bloomberg Its ‘Leader Of The Year’ (PHOTO)

GQ named NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg its “Leader Of the Year” in its upcoming “Men of the Year” issue. Scorned by right-wingers for his social liberalism, reviled by some liberals for his avid support of developers, he is a one-man party of the “sensible middle” that so many voters and commentators claim to want. In the article, the Mayor claims the so-called ‘ground zero mosque’ issue was a fabrication of angry politicians and a sleepless media cycle: Keep in mind these guys don’t have the money to build a mosque and there’s already a mosque down there. This is an
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Senate Approves $4.6 Billion Discrimination Settlement For Black Farmers, Indians

WASHINGTON — The Senate has approved almost $4.6 billion to settle long-standing claims brought by American Indians and black farmers against the government. The money has been held up for months in the Senate as Democrats and Republicans squabbled over how to pay for it. The two class action lawsuits were filed over a decade ago. The settlements include almost $1.2 billion for black farmers who say they suffered discrimination at the hands of the Agriculture Department. Also, $3.4 billion would go to Indian landowners who claim they were swindled out of royalties by the Interior Department. The legislation was
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Sandip Roy: Harry Potter is a DREAM Act Kid

I do not know whether, like countless American teenagers, Yves Gomes will be watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I this weekend. If he does, he will probably not recognize himself in the film. Gomes has no lightning-shaped scar on his forehead. But like Harry, 17-year-old Gomes is bespectacled, owlishly serious, an unlikely warrior thrust into a battle much bigger than him. It’s a fight that has already claimed his parents. Gomes’ parents were not killed by Voldemort. They were deported because they lived in America without papers. Gomes, a minor, remained behind, raised by a great aunt
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