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(Topix) Acclaimed actor Robert Duvall - one of the few open conservatives in Hollywood - is leaving the Republican Party calling it "a mess".
"Let me say it this way: my wife's from Argentina, she's been here for a while, and she's very smart. She calls herself a 'tree-hugging Republican,' but she might even vote Democrat next time because the Republican Party is a mess. I'll probably vote Independent next time."
(TPM) The auto plant at center of a misleading TV ad run by Mitt Romney's campaign during the 2012 presidential election is booming, Bloomberg reported Friday.
Not only is the factory in question still in Ohio, demand for Jeeps is so great that Chrysler is planning on hiring up to 1,000 part-time workers as a way to alleviate pressure on regular employees who work 60 hours per week.
(AP) A federal judge says that Tennessee must recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while their lawsuit against the state works its way through the court system.
On Friday, U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger issued a preliminary injunction barring Tennessee from enforcing state laws that prohibit recognition of their marriages. Trauger said in a written memorandum that her order is only preliminary and would only apply to the three couples.
(UPI) Michigan's controversial Abortion Insurance Opt-Out law went into effect Thursday, implementing new insurance requirements for abortions.
Supporters of the law say that it allows people who oppose abortion to choose plans that do not cover the procedure. Opponents of the so-called "rape insurance law" say that it would require a woman to predict a rape and purchase insurance before a sexual assault if she chose to have an abortion.
(Marketwatch) At various times over the last couple of years, it looked as though Democrats and Republicans might agree on a plan to slow the growth of Social Security benefits. Earlier this month, President Obama officially backed away from that proposal. And now, some of his fellow Democrats are tacking in the opposite direction—rallying behind a plan that would most likely increase the annual inflation adjustments for retiree benefits.
(TPM) House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) would like Nancy Pelosi to apologize for her remarks suggesting that Republicans don't care about "struggling families and really hungry children." But that's not going to happen.
Over the weekend, the Democratic House minority leader said at the California Democrats State Convention in Los Angeles that an anonymous Republican friend told her that struggling Americans "are invisible, and the Republican caucus is indifferent to them."
(HuffPo) In her years managing a small dollar store in Michigan, there were times when Dawn Hughey worked 60, 70, or even 80 hours a week just to keep the place running on a short staff. But no matter how many hours she logged, she was paid the same flat salary in the mid-$30,000s.
Painful as it was, Hughey often did the math. During the more crushing weeks, she earned a not-so-managerial $10 per hour, barely more than the people who worked for her. And she nonetheless found herself doing the same duties as them -- stocking shelves, manning the cash register and cleaning the floors.
(Politico) NBC News President Deborah Turness is in Washington, D.C., this week and will meet with “Meet the Press” host David Gregory and executive producer Rob Yarin to discuss changes to the format of the show, network sources said Monday.
The meeting, which will take place on Thursday, is part of Turness’s ongoing effort to improve “Meet the Press,” which has suffered in recent years and came in third place behind ABC’s “This Week” and CBS’s “Face the Nation” last quarter.
(Politico) Harry Reid said the billionaire Koch brothers’ influence extends so far into national affairs that the Kochs are blocking a bill to aid Ukraine.
Democratic leaders alleged on Thursday that GOP House and Senate leaders want to trade a delay in IRS rules changes affecting the political activities of nonprofits for passage of a broad Ukraine aid package including controversial International Monetary Fund reforms. Those IRS rules could affect the Koch-backed Super PAC Americans for Prosperity, which is running millions of dollars of attack ads against incumbent Democratic senators.
(TPM) A substantial majority of Americans believe Obamacare should remain law, either exactly as it is or with small changes, according to a new poll. Bloomberg News found that a combined 64 percent of Americans said they support keeping the law in place. That includes 51 percent who said it should be kept but may need some small changes and 13 percent who said it should be left alone. Only 34 percent said it should be repealed.
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1 hr ago - France banned the planting of Monsanto maize on Saturday, ahead of a vote at the National Assembly to impose a wide-sweeping ban on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Paris maintains that GM maize crops present serious environmental risks, but ha ... (by RFI on 15 March 2014)
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5 hrs ago - (Reuters) - Russia on Saturday vetoed a U.N. Security Council draft resolution that declares a planned referendum on the status of Ukraine's Crimea region "can have no validity" and urges nations and international organizations not to recognize it. ... (Reuters)
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