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Alaska official discounts Miller’s claims

Alaska official discounts Miller’s claims

Alaska’s lieutenant governor on Tuesday discounted allegations by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller that elections officials unlawfully interpreted voter intent on write-in ballots. Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell, who oversees the state Division of Elections, issued a statement in defense of elections officials, claiming Miller’s lawsuit threatens to cloud the vote. “Mr. Miller continues to […]

Federal agents drunk while transporting nukes

Federal agents drunk while transporting nukes

Here’s a sobering thought. Federal agents hired to transport nuclear weapons on convoys around the United States stopped off for drinks and drove drunk while on the missions. Last year, two got so plastered in a bar en route that police were called in. Sandra D. Bruce, assistant inspector general for The U.S. Department of […]

TSA or T&A?

TSA or T&A?

The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) — which has been a joke since it was formed in the post-11 frenzy — is at it again, implementing new “pat-down” search techniques  that — in effect —  allow the rent-a-cops at airport security checkpoints to cop a feel of airline passengers. Call it another example of government overreaction, […]

Everything you always wanted to know about sex? Been there, done that

Everything you always wanted to know about sex? Been there, done that

Baby boomers say they don’t need to learn anything new about sex. They already know it all. And it’s the women who say they know the most when it comes to getting it on. That’s the conclusion of a new Associated Press-LifeGoesStrong.Com poll on the sexual habits of the baby boom generation. Among those polled, […]

Facebook-banning preacher likes threesomes

Facebook-banning preacher likes threesomes

A pastor who said Facebook was a “portal to infidelity” and told married church leaders to delete their accounts or resign once testified that he had a three-way sexual relationship with his wife and a male church assistant. The Rev. Cedric Miller confirmed the information reported Saturday by the Asbury Park Press of Neptune, which […]

Judge orders Gawker to remove online pages from Palin’s book

Judge orders Gawker to remove online pages from Palin’s book

A federal judge on Saturday ordered Gawker Media to pull leaked pages of Sarah Palin‘s forthcoming book “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag” from its blog. The injunction prohibits Gawker from “continuing to distribute, publish or otherwise transmit pages from the book” pending a hearing on Nov. 30. HarperCollins Publishers had sued […]

Raising retirement age hurts the poor

Raising retirement age hurts the poor

Raising the retirement age for Social Security would disproportionately hurt low-income workers and minorities, and increase disability claims by older people unable to work, government auditors told Congress. The projected spike in disability claims could harm Social Security’s finances because disability benefits typically are higher than early retirement payments, the Government Accountability Office concluded. The […]

Murkowski: Palin doesn’t have what it takes to be President

Murkowski: Palin doesn’t have what it takes to be President

Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she doesn’t think Sarah Palin has the leadership qualities to be president, nor the “intellectual curiosity” needed to make good policy. Murkowski also tells Katie Couric of the “CBS Evening News” that she doesn’t think Palin enjoyed governing. An e-mail sent Monday from The Associated Press to Palin’s media […]

Split Congress spells trouble for election reform

Split Congress spells trouble for election reform

The Obama administration has pushed an ambitious education agenda in the last two years, sending $100 billion to states thorough the stimulus package and spurring reform in many locations through the Race to the Top competition. But none of the major initiatives pushed by President Barack Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have been bipartisan. […]

Social Security judges face threats to safety

Social Security judges face threats to safety

Judges who hear Social Security disability cases are facing a growing number of violent threats from claimants angry over being denied benefits or frustrated at lengthy delays in processing claims. There were at least 80 threats to kill or harm administrative law judges or staff over the past year — an 18 percent increase over […]

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