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Wis. Justice Ann Walsh Bradley: Justice Prosser ‘Put His Hands Around My Neck In Anger In A Chokehold’

“New details are emerging in this weekend’s story that Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser — a member of the court’s 4-3 conservative majority who was just re-elected to a ten-year term in a heated race that involved a recount and vote-tabulating controversies — allegedly attacked liberal Justice Ann Walsh Bradley during an argument over the court’s recent decision regarding the upholding of Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-public employee union legislation. Now, Bradley is speaking up, and saying publicly that she was assaulted by Prosser.”

Making Foreclosures Part Of The Solution

“Many economists say housing prices won’t start to recover until 2014. Even Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the market may be worse than anyone had thought. Still, there may be glimmers of hope as policy makers try to think up new ways to help struggling homeowners avoid going into foreclosure, and help investors buy up those properties that already are in foreclosure. NPR’s Chris Arnold visits a foreclosure auction to find out what’s happening.”

Read More: Why So Glum? Economic Optimism Dims
Read More: Business lending improving, but not for all

Outcry in America as pregnant women who lose babies face murder charges

“Women’s rights campaigners see the creeping criminalisation of pregnant women as a new front in the culture wars over abortion”

Kyl Defends Taxpayer Subsidies For Richest Oil Companies

“Appearing on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) argued that budget talks should not include the reduction of oil and gas subsidies. Kyl, who abandoned budget negotiations with the White House this week, claimed that eliminating $2 billion in annual subsidies for the richest oil companies — instead of slashing programs that feed the poor and protect the middle class — would “hurt the American consumer”.”

Read More: While Trying To Disprove Fox News’ Bias, Chris Wallace Invokes ‘Obamacare’ And Doubts Climate Science

GOP 2012 Presidential Candidates
CBS’ ‘Face The Nation’ Forgets Herman Cain
Bachmann Supports New York’s Right To Enact Marriage Equality Law
‘Porcfest’ Voters Want A Candidate To Leave Them Alone
Speculation Runs High In Presidential Money Race

Members Of Congress Write To Clinton Asking Her To Ensure Safety Of U.S. Citizens On Gaza Flotilla

“the State Department recently put out a statement warning that American citizens who join a flotilla of aid ships to Gaza that is leaving soon — the lead U.S. boat is calling itself the Audacity of Hope — may face arrest, injury, or even death resulting form Israeli military activities. This warning is particularly important given last year’s events, where a U.S. citizen was killed while aboard an aid flotilla.

Now, six Members of Congress have written a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking her to ensure the safety of Americans onboard aid flotillas to Gaza.”

Read More: West Bank barrier to be rerouted around Palestinian village

Mayor’s Muzak Fails To Soothe Some Residents

“The mayor of the high desert town of Lancaster, Calif., says he believes he’s found the solution to bringing down crime and making people in the city generally happier and less stressed. He’s piping in new age music and bird songs all around downtown. Residents are not necessarily happy. Gloria Hillard reports.”

Italy government tensions rise over austerity plans

“ROME (Reuters) – Tensions increased in Italy’s government on Sunday over an austerity plan to be approved next week, with one senior coalition member accusing Economy Minister Giulio Tremonti of trying to cause the government’s collapse.”

Libya unveils its latest weapon against Nato: women at arms

“More than 500 females of various ages armed to the teeth and swearing loyalty are paraded in front of international media “

Pakistan expels British military advisers

“US raid on bin Laden compound thought to be reason for expulsion of team of military advisers”

Good News: Rise Of The Machines: Japanese Popstar A Computer Construct

“She is the perfect the girl and everyone loves her. Too bad she doesn’t exist.

In 1994 Science Fiction author William Gibson published IDORU a novel about a Japanese Pop star who was actually the holographic creation of a distributed artificial intelligence. Now it seems life has taken a few halting steps towards imitating art.”

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