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Reid: I’m Beginning To Doubt Whether Boehner Wants To Avoid A Government Shutdown

“Asked at a Capitol press conference this afternoon if he’s starting to doubt whether House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) wants to avoid a government shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) didn’t mince words.

“Yes, I am,” he said.”

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Waukesha Clerk Announces Votes For Prosser: ‘I’m Thankful That This Error Was Caught Early’

“Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus (R) has announced sharply amended totals for her county in the Supreme Court race from Tuesday night — saying that she had inadvertently failed to properly import and save data into a Microsoft Access database, omitting the numbers from the city of Brookfield and its over 14,000 votes. And as such, according to Nickolaus’s new totals, Justice David Prosser has gained a net 7,582 votes — overcoming the razor-thin lead of liberal-backed challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg, who had already declared victory on Wednesday.”

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Once Again, Ohio GOPers Punishing Their Own Over Support For Unions

“For the second time in the Republican-led Ohio government’s push to alter the way it interacts with state workers, a prominent Republican legislator has been stripped of a committee chairmanship in the midst of debate over legislation that unions oppose.

Sen. Bill Seitz (R) was removed on Wednesday from the state Senate’s Government Oversight and Reform Committee — the panel he chaired — after Senate leaders said he failed to inform them of changes he was making to a bill that would raise the age and number of years of service state workers have to complete before they can retire with a pension.”

George ‘Macaca’ Allen Stereotypes Black Journalist: ‘What Position Did You Play?’

“Former Sen. George Allen (R-VA), who is running again for Senate in 2012, was called out in Twitter on Tuesday night for repeatedly questioning NBC4 anchor-reporter Craig Melvin about his nonexistent sports career. The Washington Post’s Tom Jackman reported on Allen’s apparent stereotyping of Melvin:

NBC 4’s reporter-anchor Craig Melvin is a tall African-American. Which apparently led to this exchange with former Sen. George Allen, according to Melvin’s Twitter account Tuesday night: “For the 2nd time in 5 months, fmr. gov. and sen candidate George Allen asks me,”what position did you play?” I did not a play a sport.””

Idaho Rejects Rape Exception In Abortion Bill Because ‘The Hand Of The Almighty’ Was At Work

“Marching in step with the GOP’s nationwide war on a woman’s right to choose, the Idaho legislature gave final approval to a bill that would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks. Modeled after Nebraska’s first-in-the-nation measure, the bill — like the one passed in Kansas last week — is based on highly disputed medical research alleging that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks. Idaho’s bill, however, also fails to include exceptions for rape, incest, severe fetal abnormality or the mental or psychological health of the mother. “Only when the pregnancy threatens the mother’s life or physical health could a post-20-week abortion be performed.”
State Rep. Brent Crane, the bill’s sponsor, took it a step further. Believing that “tragic, horrific” acts of rape or incest are the “hand of the Almighty,” Crane said women should trust God to turn the consequences of their sexual assault into “wonderful examples”.”

New York City Schools Chief Stepping Down

“Cathie Black is leaving after only three months on the job — a time in which her approval rating sank to 17 percent. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he took full responsibility for the appointment of the former media executive.”

At California Mental Hospitals, Fear Is Part Of The Job

“When a psychiatric technician at Napa State Hospital was murdered last fall, allegedly by a patient, staffers began going public with their safety complaints. More than 80 percent of the patients at the hospital arrived by way of the criminal justice system — deemed either not guilty by reason of insanity or just too dangerous to be paroled.”

Gadhafi plane evades NATO no-fly zone, bombs rebel tanks

“Rebels at first reported that a NATO jet was responsible for the attack, but a rebel council spokeswoman in Benghazi said the plane that destroyed three rebel tanks outside Brega was a pro-Gadhafi jet that had evaded a U.N.-imposed no-fly zone. In addition to destroying three Soviet-era rebel tanks, the air assault forced rebels to abandon a position along the highway that links Brega with Ajdabiya.”

Powerful Aftershock Complicates Japan’s Nuclear Efforts

“A 7.1 aftershock off Japan’s northeastern coast on Thursday prompted new concerns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant”

Bahrain’s Rulers Tighten Their Grip on Battered Opposition

“The splintered Shiite opposition in Bahrain is seeking ways to regain momentum after the nation’s Sunni rulers crushed opposition protests last month.”

Good News: A Brain Protein Gone Awry Provides Schizophrenia Clue

“The scientific leap from the wild hallucinations and delusions that mark schizophrenia to changes in the brain at the molecular level is a huge one.

Researchers who’ve been working to define the connection are pretty sure of one thing, though. There are lots of pathways that lead to schizophrenia, each one with many steps.

Scientists at Johns Hopkins have figured out something quite interesting about one of them. A tiny change to a single protein can make a big difference. It’s “just one specific protein modification,” psychiatrist Akira Sawa tells Shots of the discovery.

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