Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ohio Democratic officials fired for attempt to extend early voting !

Ohio Democratic officials fired for attempt to extend early voting 28 Aug 2012 Two Democratic officials in Ohio, a key battleground state and huge electoral prize in the November 6 presidential election, were fired for trying to extend early voting to weekends in defiance of a state ban, officials said on Tuesday. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, issued a directive earlier this month that the hours for early in-person voting should be consistent throughout the state, where voting rules are a hot-button issue. [Notice that Barack Obama is *silent* on this issue? He's fine with a RMoney victory, since their policies, with the exception of cultural issues such as abortion, are virtually the same -- slumming with Monsanto and Goldman Sachs; deploying killer drones; supporting the PATRIOT Act; implementing detention without trial; engaging in endless wars for Exxon Mobil and Blackwater; slashing Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to pay contractors to pretend to train police forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan -- etc. --LRP

Republicans nominate Romney at storm-hit convention 28 Aug 2012 Republicans formally nominated Mitt Romney on Tuesday to challenge President Barack Obama for the White House, kicking off their storm-delayed convention with a barrage of sharp attacks on Obama's economic leadership. The nomination sets up a two-month dash to the November 6 election, with polls showing Romney running even or slightly behind the Democratic president. Finally opening the festivities after a storm threat delayed the convention by a day, Republicans condemned Obama's economic record and reminded voters of the country's stubbornly high unemployment rate and ballooning budget deficit.


Texas Legislature found guilty of redistricting discrimination 28 Aug 2012 A three-judge federal court Tuesday found the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature guilty of discriminating against Latinos and blacks in the drawing of new election districts and threw out its redistricting plans for both the U.S. House of Representatives and the state Legislature. The ruling will not affect the November elections. Earlier this year, federal judges in Texas drew an interim districting plan to be used this year only.

Bradley Manning lawyers accuse government of withholding hundreds of emails 28 Aug 2012 Lawyers for an Army private accused of leaking classified information have accused the government of withholding hundreds of emails related to his pretrial detention. Pfc. Bradley Manning appeared in a military courtroom Tuesday at the start of a three-day pretrial hearing. Manning is accused of sending hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables and war logs to the website WikiLeaks. One of his lawyers, David Coombs, argued that prosecutors have yet to turn over about 700 emails pertaining to his confinement at a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va. The judge directed prosecutors to provide the emails to her, saying she will decide which ones are relevant and can be disclosed.

Prosecutors: Ga. murder case reveals terror plot by US soldiers who formed militia inside Army 27 Aug 2012 Four Army soldiers based in southeast Georgia killed a former comrade and his girlfriend to protect an anarchist militia group they formed that stockpiled assault weapons and plotted a range of anti-government attacks, prosecutors told a judge Monday. Prosecutors in rural Long County, near the sprawling Army post Fort Stewart, said the militia group of active and former U.S. military members spent at least $87,000 buying guns and bomb components. They allege the group was serious enough to kill two people -- former soldier Michael Roark and his 17-year-old girlfriend, Tiffany York -- by shooting them in the woods last December in order to keep its plans secret.

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