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Democrat tears into GOP for politicizing IRS hearing and encouraging ‘pollution of our democracy’

Sunday, May 19, 2013


Democrat tears into GOP for politicizing IRS hearing and encouraging ‘pollution of our democracy’ (via Raw Story )

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) on Friday blasted Republicans for attempting to use this week’s scandal at the IRS to attack and undermine Obamacare. At a House hearing, Doggett condemned the “outrageous and inexcusable” list used by IRS staff to flag tea party applications to become social welfare…


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Noam Chomsky: Obama was willing to start nuclear war to kill bin Laden

Noam Chomsky: Obama willing to start nuclear war to kill bin Laden (via Raw Story )

MIT professor Noam Chomsky criticized the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on Friday, saying President Barack Obama could have provoked a nuclear war. “We were very close to war with Pakistan, which easily could have turned into a nuclear war, which could have destroyed all of us,” he…


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Republicans Ignoring Deficit Reduction

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Thousands join anti-austerity march in Rome

Thousands join anti-austerity march in Rome (via AFP)

Tens of thousands of people joined a union-organised march in Rome Saturday, protesting against the new coalition government's austerity measures. The metal workers union FIOM said the rally was to demand "the right to jobs, training and health care". "We cannot wait any longer," said FIOM secretary…


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Hate-Group Mouth-Piece Stemberger: 'Anything That Has the Word 'Gay' on it [is] Inappropriate for Kids'

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Right-wing radio host: I want to shoot Clinton right in the vagina

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Right-wing radio host: I want to shoot Clinton right in the vagina (via Raw Story )
Fringe right-wing radio host Pete Santilli made disturbing comments about Hillary Clinton last week, calling for sexual violence against the former secretary of state because of her alleged involvement in a bizarre conspiracy theory. “Miss Hillary Clinton needs to be convicted, she needs to be tried…

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Mentally Challenged Circus Clown Glenn Beck Says Release of AP and IRS Scandals Timed to Cover-Up Benghazi

Right-Wing Watch hips us to this dispatch from the land of tin-foil hats and black helicopters. Seems like Carnac the Crazy is spinning for all his cokes out little brain can spin.

For Glenn Beck, anything that doesn't quite fit into the grand global narrative that he has concocted and that only he understands must therefore be part of some effort to distract people from that very narrative.

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Fired IRS Chief Testifies Before Congress Says Targeting Of Tea Party Groups Was NOT Illegal

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Behind the Scenes of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special (VIDEO)

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Myanmar leader starts landmark US visit

Myanmar leader starts landmark US visit (via AFP)

Myanmar President Thein Sein began Saturday the first visit to Washington by a leader of his country in nearly 50 years as the United States throws its support behind his reforms. The former general, who initiated a wave of reforms after taking office in 2011, flew into Washington and was holding a…

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Former Journalist, and Present Troll, Bob Woodward Laughingly Compares Benghazi To Watergate

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IRS scandal becomes Republican battering ram against "Obamacare" (Video)

IRS scandal becomes Republican battering ram against Obamacare (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Copyright ImageClick to View Republicans are hoping the furor over federal tax enforcers singling out conservative groups will ensnare their biggest target: President Barack Obama’s health care law. “Now we’ve learned that the IRS, which is tasked with enforcing this very unpopular bill of Obamacare…


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Gays, lesbians push for same-sex marriage in Venezuela

Gays, lesbians push for same-sex marriage in Venezuela (via AFP)

Gays and lesbians demonstrated in Venezuela's capital Saturday to push for an end to discrimination and for civil rights such as same-sex marriage. "In some areas of the capital, two men cannot be seen holdings hands without security ushering them out," said Cesar Sequera, who leads Diverse Venezuela…


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Researcher: Owning a gun for safety like hiding from lightning under a tree

Researcher: Owning a gun for safety like hiding from lightning under a tree (via Raw Story )

In video uploaded to YouTube on Saturday, Arthur Kellermann of the RAND Corporation said that keeping a gun in your home was a bad way to protect your family. “It’s natural to want to do everything you can to keep you family safe, especially if you live in a dangerous neighborhood,” he told the…


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'Gap' for HIV vaccine efforts after latest setback

'Gap' for HIV vaccine efforts after latest setback (via AFP)

The hunt for an HIV vaccine has gobbled up $8 billion in the past decade, and the failure of the most recent efficacy trial has delivered yet another setback to 26 years of efforts. With the next attempts expected to be years away, top researchers now say there is a "void" or a "gap" in current clinical…


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Religion and Gay Marriage (Video)

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Republican Accidentally Debunks GOP Narrative at IRS Hearing


Republican accidentally debunks GOP narrative at IRS hearing (via Raw Story )

During a congressional hearing regarding the IRS on Friday, Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) inadvertently led the head of the IRS to contradict the notion that conservative nonprofits were singled out for scrutiny. At the hearing, outgoing acting IRS commissioner Steve Miller repeatedly objected to the use…


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Another Piece of the Global Warming Puzzle - More Efficient Ocean Heat Uptake

Another Piece of the Global Warming Puzzle - More Efficient Ocean Heat Uptake (via Skeptical Science)

Posted on 13 May 2013 by dana1981 Although it is still within the range of model simulations, the rate of global surface air warming over the past decade has slowed.  Climate scientists, being scientists, would like to explain exactly why that has happened.  There are several possible explanations…


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The Taxman and the Tea Party

The Taxman and the Tea Party (via Moyers & Company)

Friday’s IRS bombshell — the revelation that a Cincinnati field office (and perhaps others) was targeting conservative social welfare groups for special scrutiny — has generated more outrage over the past few days than even the IRS is used to receiving. The president and members of Congress on…


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Maher: GOP has moved beyond obstruction to treason

Maher: GOP has moved beyond obstruction to treason (via Raw Story )

On Friday night’s edition of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher and guests filmmaker Michael Moore, commentator S. E. Cupp and New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin discussed the obstructionist Republican Congress and its mission to take down the president by taking down the country…


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Blinding Us From Science

Blinding Us From Science (via Moyers & Company)

Science is under attack. With corporations manufacturing uncertainty to undermine studies that hurt their bottom lines and the sequester cutting billions in funding for scientific research, you’d think the American science community would be hunkered down in their labs avoiding outside interference…


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Roy Spencer's Catholic Online Climate Myths

Roy Spencer's Catholic Online Climate Myths (via Skeptical Science)

Posted on 1 May 2013 by dana1981 Roy Spencer was recently interviewed by the website Catholic Online, and unfortunately spent most of the interview repeating long-debunked climate myths.  He could have simply answered the questions with factually correct information, and expressed his climate 'skepticism…


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Maddow: Real Benghazi scandal is how media got played by GOP ‘sources’

Maddow: Real Benghazi scandal is how media got played by GOP ‘sources’ (via Raw Story )

On Friday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed how DC has worked itself into “scandal mode,” but over the wrong scandals. In the show’s opening segment, she questioned why no one who printed and quoted a doctored set of White House emails regarding the…


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Feds rooting out 'unwelcome speech' on campus: But what is that?

Feds rooting out 'unwelcome speech' on campus: But what is that? (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Copyright ImageClick to View Deputy Assistant Attorney General Roy Austin, left, and U.S. Attorney for Montana Michael Cotter listen to University of Montana President Royce Engstrom discuss an agreement on the handling of campus sexual assault cases.(Matt Gouras/AP) The failure of the University of…


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Falling US Deficit Renews Austerity or Growth Debate

Falling US deficit renews austerity or growth debate (via AFP)

Austerity or growth? Europe's struggling economies have faced the question without fully answering it in recent years, but the United States is on track to do both. Projections unveiled this week by the Congressional Budget Office indicate the US deficit will shrink more than 40 percent during fiscal…


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