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A judge hearing a lawsuit filed against Florida's attempt to randomly drug test state employees yesterday said she will be issuing her ruling soon, and also expressed concerns she has about the policy.
On Tuesday morning, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., rolled out the House GOP’s budget blueprint for 2012. Meanwhile, the White House and the GOP-controlled House still have not reached an agreement on how to to continue funding the government through the end of the current fiscal year, in September.
The Radiance Foundation, the anti-abortion group responsible for a string of controversial billboards across the country, has unveiled its latest campaign: Fatherhood begins in the womb. The campaign is less inflammatory than the group's previous work, which included billboards with such slogans as Black & Unwanted and The 13th Amendment Freed Us. Abortion Enslaves Us.
Students and residents living in Gainesville joined the Occupy Wall Street movement this week.
Rachel Maddow devoted some of last night's program to the Federal Election Commission lawsuit against a former business partner of Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, and a former dealership co-owned by the congressman. As our Virginia Chamlee reported last week, a judge fined the dealership $67,900 for what the Election Commission called an extensive and ongoing scheme” to funnel “secret, illegal contributions” to Buchanan’s 2006 and 2008 campaigns.