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Congressman urges feds to fight Arizona’s Gestapo immigration law

Congressman urges feds to fight Arizona’s Gestapo immigration law

An Arizona congressman urged the Obama administration not to cooperate when illegal immigrants are picked up by local police if a tough new state immigration law survives legal challenges. U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat, and civil rights activists spoke on Sunday to thousands of people gathered at the state Capitol and called on President […]

Things ain’t looking good for Marco Rubio

Things ain’t looking good for Marco Rubio

Now that Republicans have made him the U.S. Senate front-runner, Marco Rubio is trying to weather potentially damaging revelations about his credit card use, double billing for airfare and murky finances. A few months ago, the former Florida House speaker seemed an unlikely bet to beat Gov. Charlie Crist in the party’s Senate primary. And […]

Palin ventures into liberal territory

Palin ventures into liberal territory

Sarah Palin praised Republicans at a fundraising dinner in a liberal-leaning Oregon town for having the boldness to invite her to speak. The former governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate was the headliner for the Lane County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day dinner in Eugene, Oregon. She spoke Friday evening as about 150 demonstrators gathered […]

Mattel gets pass on safety checks

Mattel gets pass on safety checks

The nation’s biggest toy maker, Mattel Inc., is getting another exemption on federal safety rules even as smaller companies struggle with testing costs imposed after a rash of Mattel toy recalls in 2007. Under the law passed after the recalls, the makers of children’s products must perform independent third-party tests for lead, lead paint and […]

Be prepared? Boy Scouts ordered to pay up in sex abuse case

Be prepared? Boy Scouts ordered to pay up in sex abuse case

An Oregon jury’s decision to award a man $18.5 million in punitive damages in his case against the Boy Scouts of America will likely be the first of many financial hits the Scouts will take as it prepares to defend itself against a series of sex abuse lawsuits. The jury on Friday ordered the Scouts […]

Porn surfing by SEC execs draws GOP ire

Porn surfing by SEC execs draws GOP ire

Republicans are stepping up their criticism of the Securities and Exchange Commission following reports that senior agency staffers spent hours surfing pornographic websites on government-issued computers while they were supposed to be policing the nation’s financial system. California Rep. Darrell Issa, the top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said it was […]

How an insurance company targets cancellations

How an insurance company targets cancellations

Shortly after they were diagnosed with breast cancer, each of the women learned that her health insurance had been canceled. There was Yenny Hsu, who lived and worked in Los Angeles. And there was Patricia Reilling, a successful art gallery owner and interior designer from Louisville, Kentucky. Neither of these women knew about the other. […]

Health care costs will go up, up, up

Health care costs will go up, up, up

President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul law is getting a mixed verdict in the first comprehensive look by neutral experts: More Americans will be covered, but costs are also going up. Economic experts at the Health and Human Services Department concluded in a report issued Thursday that the health care remake will achieve Obama’s aim […]

Did Goldman-Sachs buy the Obama White House?

Did Goldman-Sachs buy the Obama White House?

While lawyers for Goldman Sachs worked overtime to avoid civil fraud charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission, the firm’s CEO visited the White House four times. In addition, the company’s political action committee, employees and relatives of employees dumped close to a million dollars into Obama‘s 2008 Presidential campaign and CEO Lloyd Blankfein was […]

Pelosi, Hoyer questioned in Massa coverup

Pelosi, Hoyer questioned in Massa coverup

House Ethics Committee investigators and FBI agents are looking into increasing evidence that Democratic leaders covered for problem Congressman Eric Massa and stalled an investigation into the former New York representatives pattern of sexual harassment of male employees of his office. Investigators grilled House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer along with top staff members for Speaker […]