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Abramoff lobbyist Kevin Ring found guilty on five of eight counts in fraud re-trial

Kevin Ring guiltyA federal jury Monday convicted Washington lobbyist Kevin A. Ring on five of eight counts related to the Jack Abramoff bribery and influence-peddling scandal, handing a victory to the Justice Department unit charged with fighting corruption in government.

After a two-week trial and three days of deliberation, the District panel of eight men and four women found Ring guilty on charges of conspiracy, fraud and illegal gratuities related to his work with disgraced lobbyist Abramoff and his former boss and congressman, John T. Doolittle (R-Calif.).


Kentucky Senate's 'tea partyer' president wants 17th Amendment repealed

Ky State Senate President Williams Kentucky Senate President David Williams declared himself "a Tea Partyer" on Wednesday and called for repeal of a constitutional amendment that took the power to appoint U.S. senators away from state legislatures and gave it to voters.

Williams' comments came during a presentation to the University of Kentucky Law School Federalist Society. They drew strong reaction from Williams' rival in next spring's Republican primary election for governor and from Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning, Kentucky's two U.S. senators.


I Voted Republican - Say it Loud, Say it Proud! iVotedRepublican

You gotta love this tee says it all!  It should be worn by every single person who voted against his or her own interests in this midterm election. What is it about self-destruction that GOP supporters don't understand? Never mind, just keep the federal government out of their Medicare, their veteran's benefits, their Social Security, their Department of Education, their EPA, - stop them from regulating toxins in their food, their air, and their water, and, of course....keep the giverment from stopping the financial institutions from robbing them blind again.  The inmates have taken over much of the asylum, and it's only a matter of time until they run the whole damn place.

What the fuck has Obama done so far?

President Barack ObamaThree very clever, computer savy and progressive young people have managed to do what the entire Democratic party could not do for the entire two years of its majority in Congress.  They have done, in one fell swoop, what President Obama hiself could not managed to do despite having the bully pulpit from which to send any message he wanted to the American people. 

Shavanna Miller, Will Carlough, and Richard Boenigk have put up a very simple, yet all-encompassing web site, aptly named, What the fuck has Obama done so far.?  For a PG version, viewers can change the 'f' word to 'heck.' Either way, reaching the site leads to a single major accomplishment of the Obama administration, with a link to an authentic source that explains the legislation in detail.  One example reads: Tax cuts for up to 3.5 million small businesses to help pay for employee health care coverage.


All Diebold Touch-screen Voting Systems Fail on Election Day at 110 Polls Across Utah County, UT

Voters were forced to wait in line for up to an hour while technicians struggled to figure out how to correct the failure. Many voters simply gave up, walking away and becoming disenfranchised in the bargain when they couldn't hang around to wait that long to vote on a work day. As usual, the wide-spread failure (county-wide, in this case) was marginalized by the media as little more than a "glitch". Of course, had the county used paper ballots, nobody would have been disenfranchised, or had to wait on line for an hour to cast their vote. Voters across the entire state are now forced to vote on the Diebold touch-screen systems on Election Day.


Here's how the GOP plans to kill health care overhaul: "defund, delay and debunk."

How the GOP plans to kill health care overhaulIn a symbolic show of opposition, resurgent House Republicans are eyeing an early up-or-down vote to repeal the Obama administration's health care overhaul, though a successful overturn of the controversial measure is well beyond their reach.

Even if a proposal passes the soon-to-be GOP-controlled House of Representatives, it's unlikely to go any further, considering the Democrats' control of the Senate and President Barack Obama's power to veto legislation.


Ouster of Iowa Judges Sends Signal to Bench

Iowa judges defeated for gay marriage stanceAn unprecedented vote to remove three Iowa Supreme Court justices who were part of the unanimous decision that legalized same-sex marriage in the state was celebrated by conservatives as a popular rebuke of judicial overreach, even as it alarmed proponents of an independent judiciary.

The outcome of the election was heralded both as a statewide repudiation of same-sex marriage and as a national demonstration that conservatives who have long complained about “legislators in robes” are able to effectively target and remove judges who issue unpopular decisions.


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