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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The State of Rights and Wrongs (via Moyers & Company)

The world continues to turn upside down and sometimes you can’t make sense of it even by standing on your head. Recent news has focused on the scramble of a number of states, following the Supreme Court’s evisceration of a key part of the 1965 Voting…


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Democrats seek to systematically debunk Republican’s IRS claims

Democrats seek to systematically debunk Republican’s IRS claims (via Raw Story )

House Democrats are attempting to push back against the Republican narrative of the IRS scandal. In video uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee highlighted that many Republican claims about the IRS had been directly…


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As abortion limits sweep US, even 'purple' states join the crackdown

As abortion limits sweep US, even 'purple' states join the crackdown (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Copyright ImageClick to View A crowded gallery of spectators looked on as North Carolina legislators debated abortion-related legislation in Raleigh, July 11.(Gerry Broome/AP) Mary Lucas, clad in a pink Planned Parenthood T-shirt, holds onto her handmade…


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Reverand Blood Diamond, aka Pat Robertson, tells viewer with ‘demons’ to ‘burn the house down’ or get exorcism

Robertson tells viewer with ‘demons’ to ‘burn the house down’ or get exorcism (via Raw Story )

Televangelist Pat Robertson on Tuesday advised a viewer who he suspected was being tormented by “demons” to “burn the house down,” move or get an exorcism. In a letter to CBN, a person wrote that their house had “moaning coming from the walls…


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Congress should not oppose biofuels. They create jobs and help the environment.

Congress should not oppose biofuels. They create jobs and help the environment. (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Copyright ImageClick to View Rep. Fred Upton (R) of Mich., left, chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, speaks to reporters at the Capitol July 17. Mr. Upton has asked four committee members to explore reforms to the renewable fuels standard…


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At least 4 suspected Nazi war criminals still living in the U.S.

At least 4 suspected Nazi war criminals still living in the U.S. (via Raw Story )

Justice Department data shows that at least four suspected Nazi war criminals still reside in the U.S., part of a group of at least 10 suspects who, despite being ordered for deportation, were not taken by another country, the Associated Press reported…


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As Iran installs new leader, House could pass more sanctions. Right signal?

As Iran installs new leader, House could pass more sanctions. Right signal? (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Copyright ImageClick to View Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani, places his hand on his heart as a sign of respect, after speaking at a news conference, in Tehran, Iran, June 17. President Obama said the election of Rohani opened the way to 'a more…


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Habitual liar, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Dumbfuckistan): ‘Why is President Obama threatening to shut down the federal government?’

Ted Cruz: ‘Why is President Obama threatening to shut down the federal government?’ (via Raw Story )

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday argued that President Barack Obama and Democrats, not Republicans, were the ones trying to shut down the federal government because he insisted on funding a health care reform law that was passed in 2010. Last week, Sen…


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Eurozone jobless rate stuck at record high

Eurozone jobless rate stuck at record high (via AFP)

Eurozone unemployment continued at record highs in June and while a first fall in the jobless numbers for more than two years offers some hope, officials and analysts were cautious on the outlook. "The figures remain horrendously high," a European Commission…


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New Hampshire lawmaker duped by satirical post on bestiality outbreak

New Hampshire lawmaker duped by satirical post on bestiality outbreak (via Raw Story )

A New Hampshire state lawmaker had to be told by a colleague that his concerns over marriage equality had been inflamed by at least two satirical posts online, Miscellany Blue reported on Monday. “When we were discussing same-sex marriage people said…


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Australia's new supercomputer to help with climate study

Australia's new supercomputer to help with climate study (via AFP)

Australia's most powerful computer was unveiled Wednesday, in a boost for climate scientists who need to crunch vast amounts of data to make forecasts and pinpoint extreme weather, officials said. The Australian National University in Canberra has named…


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Hate-Group Spokes Shit-bag, Bryan Fischer: Huma Abedin's "Stated Purpose" Is To Destroy Western Civilization

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Fox Business elitist sh*t-for-brains: Feeding hungry seniors is ‘called buying votes’

Fox Business host: Feeding hungry seniors is ‘called buying votes’ (via Raw Story )

Fox Business host Stuart Varney on Tuesday accused the AARP of signing hungry seniors up for food stamps as part of a “buy-the-vote campaign” to benefit President Barack Obama. On Saturday, the Tribune-Democrat reported that the Pennsylvania chapter…


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Rep. Tom Cole: "Shutting down the government is a suicidal political tactic."

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Civilian casualties up 23% in Afghan war: UN

Civilian casualties up 23% in Afghan war: UN (via AFP)

Civilian casualties in the Afghan war rose 23 percent in the first half of this year due to Taliban attacks and increased fighting between insurgents and government forces, the UN said Wednesday. The increase reverses a decline in 2012 and raises questions…


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Are Conservatives Too Stupid To Be Sad?

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Christie slams Rand Paul by accusing Kentucky of being a leech on the federal government

Christie slams Rand Paul by accusing Kentucky of being a leech on the federal government (via Raw Story )

Republican Governor Chris Christie slammed Senator Rand Paul on Tuesday, after the Kentucky senator accused him of begging the federal government for money. During a press conference, Christie noted that his state paid more in federal taxes than they…


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Four Ton Hate-Preacher, John Hagee: Rock Music Is 'Satanic Cyanide' That Should Be Taken Outside And Burned

How one burns music I'll never know, but let's all listen to this fat, disgusting pig. Riiiiight.

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WikiLeaks expects Manning to appeal 'dangerous' verdict

WikiLeaks expects Manning to appeal 'dangerous' verdict (via AFP)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday called US soldier Bradley Manning a "hero" and said he expected him to appeal after a military judge convicted him of espionage. Assange said the verdict had set a "dangerous precedent" and was an example…


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‘Morning Joe’ panel calls Ted Cruz ‘completely ignorant’ member of ‘Taliban’

‘Morning Joe’ panel calls Ted Cruz ‘completely ignorant’ member of ‘Taliban’ (via Raw Story )

Wednesday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough and panel ripped into Texas freshman Sen. Ted Cruz and his intention to shut down the federal government to stop the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Scarborough called…


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Senator McCain: Without immigration reform 'the Republican Party cannot win a national election'

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Sen. Bernie Sanders slaughters conservative economist over living wage laws

Bernie Sanders debates conservative economist over living wage laws (via Raw Story )

Tuesday on CNN, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and conservative economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin debated the effects of raising the minimum wage. President Barack Obama has called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 per hour.…


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Matt Welch Talks the GOP Civil War on MSNBC's 'All In' With Chris Hayes

Matt Welch Talks the GOP Civil War on MSNBC's 'All In' With Chris Hayes (via NewsLook)

Video News by NewsLook Matt Welch discusses the GOP civil war on MSNBC's 'All In' with Chris Hayes.


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Chinese woman appears in DC court over green paint vandalism

Chinese woman appears in DC court over green paint vandalism (via AFP)

A Chinese woman appeared in a Washington court Tuesday for splattering green paint inside the National Cathedral the day before, the US Attorney's Office said. Jia M. Tian, 58, who has been charged with felony destruction of property, was ordered by…


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Spanish Train Crash Driver Reportedly on Phone

Spanish Train Crash Driver Reportedly on Phone (via NewsLook)

Video News by NewsLook Excess speed may not have been the only cause in Spain's deadly train crash last week.


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Chris Hayes mocks Bill O’Reilly with satirical tirade against white culture

Chris Hayes mocks Bill O’Reilly with satirical tirade against white culture (via Raw Story )

MSNBC host Chris Hayes mocked Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday, parodying the Fox News host’s claim “black culture” was fundamentally violent. The segment began with Hayes showing a video clip of white teens rioting in California this month. The MSNBC…


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Obama's Grand Bargain: All for Show?

Obama's Grand Bargain: All for Show? (via NewsLook)

Video News by NewsLook The president proposed a deal with Republicans, but neither side of the bargain looks good from the GOP's perspective.


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US fines Wyeth $490.9 mn for illegal drug marketing

US fines Wyeth $490.9 mn for illegal drug marketing (via AFP)

Wyeth Pharmaceuticals has pleaded guilty to misbranding a drug that prevents the rejection of organ transplants and agreed to pay $490.9 million, the US Justice Department said Tuesday. The $490.9 million will resolve Wyeth's criminal and civil liability…


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Man Forgotten in Cell for 5 Days Receives $4.1 Million

Man Forgotten in Cell for 5 Days Receives $4.1 Million (via NewsLook)

Video News by NewsLook The DEA arrested Daniel Chong during a drug bust and left him in a holding cell without food, water or a toilet.


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Jeffrey Toobin and Glenn Greenwald fiercely battle over Bradley Manning

Jeffrey Toobin and Glenn Greenwald fiercely battle over Bradley Manning (via Raw Story )

Is Army Private First Class Bradley Manning a whistleblower or a criminal for releasing thousands of secret State Department documents? CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald debate the topic Tuesday night on CNN. Manning…


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John Oliver rips Halliburton for destroying the Gulf of Mexico: They can go eat a bag of dicks

John Oliver rips Halliburton for destroying the Gulf of Mexico: They can go eat a bag of dicks (via Raw Story )

Tuesday night on The Daily Show, host John Oliver blasted oil giant Halliburton over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill. After the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and leaked nearly 5 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf, Halliburton conducted an internal…


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Fiscal Fight Looming Over August Recess

Fiscal Fight Looming Over August Recess (via PBS News Hour)

By: Terence Burlij and Christina Bellantoni Pressure to reach an agreement on how to fund the U.S. government lingers while Congress prepares to go on a month-long recess next week. Congress is a week away from a month-long summer recess, and appears…


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Will antidiscrimination measures follow same-sex marriage licenses in Montgomery County?

Will antidiscrimination measures follow same-sex marriage licenses in Montgomery County? (via NewsWorks)

July 29, 2013 By Elizabeth Fiedler, @EAFiedler Tamara Davis, (left), and Nicola Cucinotta kiss after they obtained a marriage license at a Montgomery County office despite a state law banning such unions, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in Norristown, Pa…


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Earthquakes: Another source of global-warming gas, scientists say

Earthquakes: Another source of global-warming gas, scientists say (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Copyright ImageClick to View Beachgoers wade into the Arabian Sea in the Indian state of Kerala. A team of scientists has found that a 1945 earthquake there released trapped methane from the seafloor, a find that could have bearing on future climate…


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LGBT Minnesotans fueling ‘unprecedented boom’ in wedding business

LGBT Minnesotans fueling ‘unprecedented boom’ in wedding business (via Raw Story )

According to one local news anchor, LGBT Minnesotans are fueling an “unprecedented boom” in the state’s wedding business just two weeks before full legalization takes effect. That’s how CBS Minnesota’s Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield summed up…


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Facebook for Every Phone app reaches more than 100 million users

Facebook for Every Phone app reaches more than 100 million users (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Copyright ImageClick to View A sign seen at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook reported it's app, Facebook for Every Phone, has over 100 million users. (Ben Margo/ AP Photo/ File ) The Facebook for Every Phone application reached more…


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Why Conservatives “Need” Sodomy Laws

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Why Conservatives “Need” Sodomy Laws (via www.republicoft.com)

I bet you thought the fight over “sodomy” laws was long over. After all, the Supreme Court struck down state “sodomy” laws as unconstitutional back in 2003, with its historic Lawrence v. Texas ruling. In fact, there’s an argument that Lawrence…


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How US, Russia can agree on missile defense

How US, Russia can agree on missile defense (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Copyright ImageClick to View President Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, June 17. Op-ed contributors Kevin Ryan and Simon Saradzhyan write: 'It’s always darkest before the dawn. This could be the time…


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Verdict on WikiLeaks source Manning set for Tuesday

Verdict on WikiLeaks source Manning set for Tuesday (via AFP)

A verdict is expected Tuesday in the trial of American soldier Bradley Manning, who faces life imprisonment for leaking a massive trove of secret US government files to WikiLeaks. US military judge Denise Lind plans to issue her judgment at 1700 GMT…


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MIT project turns your inbox into an infographic

MIT project turns your inbox into an infographic (via The Christian Science Monitor)

The Immersion data visualization project creates a web of e-mail interactions using metadata. (Immersion screenshot) There is a saying: Show me a man’s friends, and I will show you the man. A recent project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology…


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Obama to meet Baltic leaders ahead of G20 in Russia

Obama to meet Baltic leaders ahead of G20 in Russia (via AFP)

US President Barack Obama will meet with Baltic leaders on August 30 for talks ahead of the G20 summit in Russia, the White House said Monday. The joint meeting with the leaders of formerly Soviet Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia "will highlight the significant…


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FBI rescues 105 victims of child sex-trafficking in nationwide operation (+video)

FBI rescues 105 victims of child sex-trafficking in nationwide operation (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Copyright ImageClick to View Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division, speaks about Operation Cross Country during a news conference at FBI headquarters in Washington on Monday. The operation across 76 cities rescued…


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Obama extends economic sanctions linked to Hezbollah

Obama extends economic sanctions linked to Hezbollah (via AFP)

President Barack Obama announced Monday he had extended for at least a year the US freeze on financial assets of entities linked to Hezbollah, citing a threat to Lebanon's stability. In a message to Congress, Obama said a "national emergency" with respect…


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