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House Dems Borrowed Millions To Avoid Worse Losses

WASHINGTON — Routed at the polls, House Democrats said Thursday they borrowed millions of dollars late in the campaign in a successful attempt to prevail in 15 or more competitive races. In a postelection memo to the party’s rank and file, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., said moves by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the final few weeks before the election had helped incumbent lawmakers win new terms in close races in Indiana, North Carolina, Georgia, California and elsewhere. The memo did not address financial matters, but officials said the campaign organization ended the year owing $17 million on
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WATCH: George W. Bush Jokes With Leno About Exit Strategy, Drinking

George W. Bush continued his book tour for “Decision Points” on Thursday night with an appearance on NBC’s “Tonight Show.” Jay Leno thanked him for a decade worth of monologue material, and asked the former president if he was ever bothered by the jokes. “You know, I hate to tell you, I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but I was asleep,” Bush replied. The first two parts of the interview stuck with lighter fare, with Bush joking about his lack of an “exit strategy” and his troubled past with alcohol. The second two segments turned to heavier subjects like
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Geoffrey Dunn: Sarah Palin Slams Michelle Obama in Racially Charged Passage From New Book

In passages leaked from her forthcoming book America by Heart, Sarah Palin — the erstwhile quitter governor of Alaska, who now, by all indications, fancies herself as President of the United States — has taken another cheap shot at First Lady Michelle Obama. In a passage on perceptions of racial inequality in the United States, Palin slams President Barack Obama, who, she asserts, “seems to believe” that “America — at least America as it currently exists — is a fundamentally unjust and unequal country.” And then she goes after Michelle Obama: Certainly his wife expressed this view when she said
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HuffPost TV: Howard Fineman On Millionaires’ Congress Voting Down Unemployment Extension

HuffPost’s Howard Fineman appeared on MSNBC’s “Countdown” Thursday night to discuss the decisive defeat of extended jobless benefits in the U.S. House of Representatives, the day after a new report from the Center for Responsive Politics revealed that nearly one in two members of Congress is a millionaire — and most are getting richer. “The members of Congress are insulated in many, many ways here,” Fineman told host Keith Olbermann, referring to the suffering of middle-class Americans. “It’s the nature of politics today, which … favors wealthy people, number one.” WATCH: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news
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Fellow Cop: New Orleans Police Laughed After Burning Man’s Body

NEW ORLEANS — A New Orleans police officer was laughing after he burned the body of a man who had been gunned down by police in Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, a fellow officer testified Thursday. The testimony came during the trial of officer Greg McRae and Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann, who are charged with burning the body of 31-year-old Henry Glover in a car after he was shot and killed by a different officer outside a strip mall on Sept. 2, 2005. Three other current and former officers also are charged in Glover’s death. Lt. Joseph Meisch testified Thursday that he was
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Tax Write-Offs For Charity Donations To Be Axed?

As the federal government looks to address the country’s looming $1.3 trillion budget deficit, lawmakers are looking at drastic budget cuts and other creative ways to reduce America’s debt. A surprising policy that may be on the chopping block? Tax deductions for charity donations. In their proposal released last week, Obama’s bipartisan budget committee suggested several ideas for reducing charity tax breaks. Co-authors Democrat Erskine Bowles and Republican Alan Simpson suggested three ways this could work. One possibility is raising the bar for what donation amounts can be written off. The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports: They said one option was
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Senior Federal Judge Expected To Plead Guilty To Some Stunning Charges

ATLANTA — A veteran federal judge who was arrested after authorities said he tried to buy cocaine and other drugs to use with a stripper is expected to plead guilty Friday in Atlanta to some of the charges he faces. Senior Judge Jack T. Camp, who was arrested in October, plans to plead guilty to some of the charges at a hearing Friday in U.S. District Court, said his attorney Bill Morrison. The attorney declined to disclose which of the charges Camp will plead guilty to, saying the judge overseeing the case hadn’t yet formally approved the deal. “We are
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Alvin McEwen: Arguments against repealing DADT rooted in fear and homophobia

In the fight to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the argument of the lgbt community has been consistent. Sexual orientation should not be used a criteria to keep people from serving their country. Lgbts can and have served in the military admirably and should not have to lie to continue to do so. Now on the other side of the fence, the arguments of those who want to keep DADT (or keep lgbts out of the military altogether) have ranged from distortions to downright outrageous lies. Let’s look at the top five: 5. Gays will go “rape crazy” on military
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Airports Consider GOP Rep’s Call To Ditch TSA

ATLANTA — In a climate of Internet campaigns to shun airport pat-downs and veteran pilots suing over their treatment by government screeners, some airports are considering another way to show dissatisfaction: Ditching TSA agents altogether. Federal law allows airports to opt for screeners from the private sector instead. The push is being led by a powerful Florida congressman who’s a longtime critic of the Transportation Security Administration and counts among his campaign contributors some of the companies who might take the TSA’s place. Furor over airline passenger checks has grown as more airports have installed scanners that produce digital images
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Obama Helps Biden Cover Campaign Debts

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden’s effort to pay off campaign debt is getting a hand from his boss and former rival, President Barack Obama. The Federal Election Commission said Thursday that Obama for America, Obama’s presidential campaign with running mate Biden, can use leftover money to give Biden’s unsuccessful presidential primary campaign $138,000 to help it cover its bills. An FEC audit shows that Biden’s campaign debts include an estimated $219,005 owed to the U.S. Treasury. Auditors came up with that total after finding the Biden campaign accepted donations over the legal limit, failed to deal with refund checks
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