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Janet Reno Dead at 78

She was first female US attorney general

(Newser) - Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as US attorney general and the epicenter of several political storms during the Clinton administration, including the seizure of Elian Gonzalez, died early Monday. She was 78. Reno died from complications of Parkinson's disease, her goddaughter Gabrielle D'Alemberte tells the AP...

Holder Is 'Sept. 10' Pick for AG

Conservative mag urges GOP to vote against Obama's Justice nominee

(Newser) - Eric Holder is “a conventional, check-the-boxes creature of the Left,” the editors of the National Review write of Barack Obama’s reported choice for Attorney General, and his selection reveals a “September 10 mentality” and a “lack of seriousness about the terrorist threat.” They add,...

Palin Considers Saturday Night Live Appearance

Security detail has already toured the studios; Fey may return, too

(Newser) - Sarah Palin may make an appearance on a Saturday Night Live, where she was so accurately mimicked by Tina Fey on the season premiere, OK! reports. The Republican’s security detail has already cased NBC’s studios in New York. Fey could also come back to reprise her role, setting...

McCain Puts the 'Pol' in 'Politically Incorrect'

Rape 'joke' turns spotlight on candidate's sense of humor

(Newser) - This week's flap over a rape joke John McCain reportedly made 22 years ago inspired Politico to recall the candidate's checkered history of telling jokes. Some examples:
  • A quip about why then-18-year-old Chelsea Clinton was "so ugly.”
  • Calling a young man who asked about his age “you

Time to Grill McCain! A 10-Point Plan

Where the Republican is most vulnerable

(Newser) - It’s heading for general election time, and Adam Reilly of the Boston Phoenix wants the press to wake up and start laying in to McCain. Here’s how:
  • The economy. McCain reportedly said he “doesn’t really understand economics” in January. Has he boned up since then?
  • Islam.

Homeland Security Adviser Joins White House Exodus

Townsend leaves behind mixed legacy

(Newser) - The president's homeland security adviser resigned today, extending the string of high-profile White House departures. Frances Frago Townsend was in charge of the president’s counterterrorism program for 4½ years, the Washington Post reports, managing the response to the London bombing and upgrading air transportation security. No reason was given...

EPA Wins Record $4.6B Acid Rain Settlement

Power company must install equipment to drastically reduce emissions

(Newser) - American Electrical Power will spend $4.6 billion to drastically reduce  harmful emissions at coal-burning plants in five states in the largest pollution settlement in Justice Department history, CNN reports. Under the deal, to be announced today, the Ohio-based company must also pay an additional $60 million on cleanup and...

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