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Time’s Joe Klein faces criticism over claim atheists didn’t help Oklahoma tornado victims

Monday, June 24, 2013

Time’s Joe Klein faces criticism over claim atheists didn’t help Oklahoma tornado victims (via Raw Story )

Time magazine columnist Joe Klein was “simply lying out of his ass” by suggesting that secular humanists had not offered aid to survivors of a massive tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma, according to Hemant Mehta of the “Friendly Atheist” blog at Patheos. In an article published June 20, Klein…


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Sen. Lindsey Graham: Immigration bill ‘practically militarized the border’

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Graham: Immigration bill ‘practically militarized the border’ (via Raw Story )

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday encouraged Republicans to support comprehensive immigration reform because a recent amendment “practically militarized the border.” According to Roll Call, a so-called “border surge” amendment would double the number of border agents to 40,000, complete…


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The US Secretly Training Syrian Rebels Since 2012?

The US Secretly Training Syrian Rebels Since 2012? (via NewsLook)

Video News by NewsLook New reports claim US officials have been secretly training Syrian rebels since 2012 in the use of anti-tank and antiaircraft weapons.


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Obama to Unveil New Environmental Policies

Obama to Unveil New Environmental Policies (via NewsLook)

Video News by NewsLook Sources say the president will push for new Environmental Protection Agency regulations on power plants.


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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson rages against the ‘super moon’

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson rages against the ‘super moon’ (via Raw Story )

Though journalists can’t resist hyping lunar largeness, Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks the celestial event known as the super moon has been severely overblown. In video uploaded to YouTube on Saturday night, Star Talk Radio co-host Chuck Nice asked the astrophysicist why there…


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Greenwald shames David Gregory for asking if he should be prosecuted for helping Snowden

Greenwald shames David Gregory for asking if he should be prosecuted for helping Snowden (via Raw Story )

Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald blasted NBC host David Gregory on Sunday for publicly entertaining the idea that he should be prosecuted for publishing secret National Security Agency (NSA) documents leaked by former U.S. government contractor Edward Snowden. “To the extent that you have aided…


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Glenn Greenwald: Snowden’s revelations ‘not espionage in any real sense of the word’

Glenn Greenwald: Snowden’s revelations ‘not espionage in any real sense of the word’ (via Raw Story )

Reporter Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story about phone and internet surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA) thanks to information provided by former contractor Edward Snowden, criticized the federal charges brought against him in a phone interview with MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Friday…


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Controversy erupts after Hannity guest tells woman panelist ‘Know your role and shut your mouth’

Controversy erupts after Hannity guest tells woman panelist ‘Know your role and shut your mouth’ (via Raw Story )

Controversy erupted Friday at the Fox News Channel over a confrontation between two guests on “The Sean Hannity Show” in which contentious right-wing radio host Bill Cunningham attacked commentator Tamara Holder, pointing his finger in her face and firing volley after volley of sexist insults.…


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Maher defends Paula Deen to black guest: The N-word is ‘just a word’

Maher defends Paula Deen to black guest: The N-word is ‘just a word’ (via Raw Story )

Bill Maher was at odds with his Real Time panel on Friday, coming to the defense of now-former Food Network personality Paula Deen in the wake of revelations she used the racial slur “ni–er” freely in the past. “People shouldn’t have to lose their shows and go away when they do something…


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Maher on ‘bimbo’ Rick Perry’s ‘Merry Christmas’ law: Just stop it

Maher on ‘bimbo’ Rick Perry’s ‘Merry Christmas’ law: Just stop it (via Raw Story )

Friday night on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher slammed Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R)’s new law mandating that people can say “Merry Christmas” to each other this year without going to jail, a phenomenon that has been taking place exactly nowhere, ever. The remarks came during Maher…


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Rachel Maddow: Wisconsin and Texas abortion law protests show GOP has gone too far

Maddow: Wisconsin and Texas abortion law protests show GOP has gone too far (via Raw Story )

Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow said the end of the week this week has brought on a flurry of “Ripley’s Believe it or Not politics,” from Republican legislators, but that a 700-person protest in Austin, Texas is a sign that the GOP has overreached. Maddow began…


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Pelosi booed at Netroots while defending espionage charges against Snowden

Pelosi booed at Netroots while defending espionage charges against Snowden (via Raw Story )

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) drew boos and heckling from members of the crowd at a progressive conference on Saturday while defending President Barack Obama’s administration and the recently-discovered surveillance policies by the National Security Agency (NSA). About 47 minutes into…


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TEApublican Fuckweasel Rand Paul's ‘Dramatic Comparison’: NSA Surveillance Skips Due Process, Just Like ‘Lynchings’

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Green Card Basics for Same-Sex Couples After DOMA

The workshop by the DOMA Project focuses on the law and procedure for marriage-based green card petitions and fiancé(e) visas petitions for couples in the US, couples who are separated, and couples who are abroad.

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Jon Stewart Appears On Egyptian TV, Talks Movie, Political Satire, And Fox News With Bassem Youssef

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Christian host: Liberals want immigration because conservatives are having more sex

Friday, June 21, 2013

Christian host: Liberals want immigration because conservatives are having more sex (via Raw Story )

Christian radio host Bryan Fischer waded into the recent discussion over immigration and “fertility” on Wednesday, saying liberals are behind reforming U.S. immigration laws out of concern over being outnumbered by natural procreation. “Conservatives are just outbreeding liberals, and that’…


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50 Top US Mayors Launch Fight For Climate Change Resiliency

50 Top US Mayors Launch Fight For Climate Change Resiliency (via Clean Technica)

Local governments are on the front lines of America’s climate change fight, charged with the first response in any extreme weather event. But after $188 billion in damage since 2011 and a federal government denying the problem exists, local leaders have taken matters into their own hands. Earlier…


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American Taliban rep.: Children should be taught ‘traditional’ gender roles

Republican rep.: Children should be taught ‘traditional’ gender roles (via Raw Story )

In a speech from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) said that young boys and girls should be taught classes about their roles in a marriage “at a very young age.” Huffington Post characterized Gingrey’s remarks as a treatise on preventing children…


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Battery Made From Wood — Efficient, Long-Lasting, Environmentally Friendly Battery Developed

Battery Made From Wood — Efficient, Long-Lasting, Environmentally-Friendly Battery Developed (via Clean Technica)

An environmentally-friendly, efficient, and long-lasting battery created out of wood? Sounds too good to be true? Well it may not be — researchers say that they have now developed just such a battery. The tiny new battery — composed of a sliver of wood coated with tin — appears to have great…


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LGBT groups slam immigration bill for boosting border security

LGBT groups slam immigration bill for boosting border security (via Raw Story )

A group of LGBT advocacy organizations blasted lawmakers in a joint statement to The Raw Story on Wednesday for considering emphasizing increased security along the border between the U.S. and Mexico a pre-requisite to speeding the citizenship process for undocumented immigrants already in the country…


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Google challenges secret court over gag order

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Google challenges secret court over gag order (via The Christian Science Monitor)

In the world of technology companies, differentiating your product is everything. Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Facebook have successively released statements about the National Security Agency’s PRISM Internet surveillance program using similar phrases to say the same thing: the company wishes it…


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Steve "Crazier than a Sack of Rabid Ferrets" King: Secret income is ‘part of freedom’

Steve King: Secret income is ‘part of freedom’ (via Raw Story )

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Wednesday told a tea party rally that the Internal Revenue Service should be abolished because keeping income secret from the federal government was “part of freedom.” “You know, the IRS audited me one too many years in a row,” King explained at a Tea Party Patriots…


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Scientists clear quantum computing hurdle

Scientists clear quantum computing hurdle (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Large-scale quantum computing, that is, leveraging the seemingly paradoxical behavior of subatomic particles to develop blazingly fast computers, is now one step closer to reality, now that scientists have found a way to better control how these particles behave.  Normal computers store information…


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Democrats want to restore records of servicemembers discharged for being LGBT

Democrats want to restore records of servicemembers discharged for being LGBT (via Raw Story )

Under new legislation proposed by Democrats Rep. Charlie Rangel (NY) and Rep. Mark Pocan (WI), U.S. military service members who were discharged because of their sexual orientation can now have their records restored to reflect their honorable service. A joint press release from the congressmen’s…


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Obamacare behind schedule as Oct. 1 rollout nears

Obamacare behind schedule as Oct. 1 rollout nears (via The Christian Science Monitor)

The central feature of Obamacare – getting the uninsured to sign up for health insurance – is due to start on Oct. 1, less than four months away. But both the federal and state governments are behind in their preparations. That’s the conclusion of two reports issued Wednesday by the congressional…


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Virginia Republican pleads guilty to dozens of counts of voter fraud

Virginia Republican pleads guilty to dozens of counts of voter fraud (via Raw Story )

A Virginia Republican and supporter of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) pleaded guilty on Tuesday to perjury and 36 counts of voter fraud. Adam Ward, 28, claimed he collected more than 11,000 petition signatures for Gingrich during the Republican presidential primaries, in an effort to ensure…


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Talking with the enemy: Obama, Taliban negotiate Afghanistan's future (+video)

Talking with the enemy: Obama, Taliban negotiate Afghanistan's future (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor)

The key to ending America’s war in Afghanistan has long been a negotiated deal with the Taliban. Finally, such talks will begin Thursday in Qatar. If they go well, the talks will serve primarily as a test of how much the Taliban have accepted the new realities of progress in Afghanistan and elsewhere…


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Head of ‘ex-gay therapy’ group apologizes for causing the suffering of LGBT people

Head of ‘ex-gay therapy’ group apologizes for causing the suffering of LGBT people (via Raw Story )

The president of an organization that promotes “cures” for gay and lesbian individuals on Wednesday offered a lengthy apology to those harmed by ex-gay therapy. “I cannot simply move on and pretend that I have always been the friend that I long to be today,” Alan Chambers of Exodus International…


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Bernanke lets Wall Street down easy: Stimulus to end, but not yet (+video)

Bernanke lets Wall Street down easy: Stimulus to end, but not yet (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor)

When stock prices fall 1 percent in a single day, that’s a move that’s sizable but not too unusual. So perhaps Ben Bernanke should feel pretty good about his latest effort to communicate Federal Reserve policy and manage investor expectations. Investors around the world were anxiously awaiting…


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Study uncovers anti-black attitudes among tea party supporters — but not members

Study uncovers anti-black attitudes among tea party supporters — but not members (via Raw Story )

Since its inception back in 2010, critics of the tea party have claimed the conservative movement was motivated wholly or in part by racial animus towards President Barack Obama. Former NAACP chairman Julian Bond, for instance, recently described the tea party as an “admittedly racist” movement…


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Obama in Berlin renews call for nuclear disarmament

Obama in Berlin renews call for nuclear disarmament (via AFP)

President Barack Obama issued a call for Russian and US nuclear arsenals to be slashed in a speech at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate and warned Western governments against complacency, saying history's work was not done. Obama used the once-divided city's rebirth as a metaphor for progress, as he…


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From the Karmic Justice Files: Gun-loving heckler Tasered after harassing shooting survivor

Gun-loving heckler Tasered after harassing shooting survivor (via Raw Story )

A gun enthusiast was tackled, Tasered and arrested by police at a Concord, New Hampshire gun control rally on Tuesday night after he repeatedly harassed a speaker who was calling for all gun buyers to undergo background checks. The man that Daniel Musso, 52, was interrupting is John Cantin, a survivor…


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France gives Google three-month deadline

France gives Google three-month deadline (via AFP)

France on Thursday threatened Google with a fine of up to 150,000 euros ($198,000) if it does not bring its privacy procedures into line with French law on data protection within three months. In a move that France hopes will be followed by other European states, the national data protection agency…


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Warren on Trans-Pacific Partnership: If people knew what was going on, they would stop it

Warren on Trans-Pacific Partnership: If people knew what was going on, they would stop it (via Raw Story )

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Wednesday voiced her opposition to President Barack Obama’s top international trade nominee because of a secretive free trade agreement. “I am deeply concerned about the transparency record of the U.S. Trade Representative and with one ongoing trade agreement…


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Obama's African outlook splits opinion ahead of visit

Obama's African outlook splits opinion ahead of visit (via AFP)

Days ahead of only his third official African visit, analysts are split over whether Barack Obama has been overlooking a golden goose in his ancestral continent or shrewdly dodging a white elephant. The 44th US president inspired millions when he told an audience in Ghana during his first year in office…


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‘Spanking for Jesus’ movement lets God-fearing husbands feel good about punishing their wives

‘Spanking for Jesus’ movement lets God-fearing husbands feel good about punishing their wives (via Raw Story )

What happens when you combine Fifty Shades of Grey with fundamentalist Christianity? “Spanking for Jesus” — or a movement known as Christian Domestic Discipline. The alternative lifestyle fell into the media spotlight on Wednesday thanks to The Daily Beast and Jezebel. Both publications detailed…


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European shares dive, gold drops on Fed policy

European shares dive, gold drops on Fed policy (via AFP)

European stock markets tumbled on Thursday and gold slumped close to a three-year low after the US Federal Reserve signalled it would wind down its massive stimulus programme this year, dealers said. The sharp falls in Europe mirrored a steep selloff overnight on Wall Street and earlier in Asia after…


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