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FBI shoots, kills man linked to Boston bomb suspect

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

FBI shoots, kills man linked to Boston bomb suspect (via AFP)

A man being questioned by the FBI over the Boston Marathon bombings was killed Wednesday in an altercation after becoming violent, the FBI said. US media outlets said the man knew one of the Boston bombers and was shot by an FBI agent in the early morning incident in Orlando, Florida. The Federal Bureau…


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New PTSD drug may allow vets to reprogram traumatic memories

New PTSD drug may allow vets to reprogram traumatic memories (via Raw Story )

Researchers claim to have found a promising new therapy in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the syndrome affecting thousands of U.S. military veterans. According to Wired magazine, the Pentagon has authorized $11 million in funding for trials of the drug D-Cycloserine (DCS),…


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Disgraced Weiner announces NYC mayor bid

Disgraced Weiner announces NYC mayor bid (via AFP)

Anthony Weiner, the disgraced ex-US congressman forced to resign after tweeting lewd photos of himself to women, announced Wednesday he is running for mayor of New York. The unlikely comeback, which Weiner has been talking about for months, was announced in an online video posted in the middle of the…


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Soldier ‘beheaded’ in London during broad daylight machete attack

Soldier ‘beheaded’ in London during broad daylight machete attack (via Raw Story )

An active duty soldier was “beheaded” Wednesday afternoon in London by machete-wielding assailants who were shot by police moments later, British media outlets reported. The man was reportedly stationed at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London, near the location of the attack. Luke Huseyin, who…


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Bernanke warns against premature policy tightening

Bernanke warns against premature policy tightening (via AFP)

US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke acknowledged the risks of the Fed's low interest-rate policy Wednesday but warned that tightening policy now could stall the US recovery. Defending the Fed's continuing stimulus, Bernanke told Congress that US economic growth continues at a moderate pace with…


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Colorado man opens fire on officer with AR-15 at traffic stop for no headlights

Colorado man opens fire on officer with AR-15 at traffic stop for no headlights (via Raw Story )

A Colorado man is in critical condition on Wednesday after he used an AR-15 assault rifle to fire at an officer and then was shot himself. A Longmont Police Department press release obtained by the Coloradoan said that the 36-year-old police officer had stopped the suspect at about 2:15 a.m. on Tuesday…


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How Far Should Government Go in Investigation of Leaks?

How Far Should Government Go in Investigation of Leaks? (via PBS News Hour)

GWEN IFILL: Now to another story that has captured the attention of the news media and of Congress. After new revelations about extensive investigations involving the Associated Press and FOX News, three former Justice Department officials are defending the leak inquiries. Writing in The New York Times…


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Alex Jones pushes tornado truther theory: ‘There’s weather weapon stuff going on’


Alex Jones pushes tornado truther theory: ‘There’s weather weapon stuff going on’ (via Raw Story )

Conspiracy talk show host Alex Jones, increasingly a favorite of conservative media for his extremely vocal support of gun rights, outed himself Tuesday as a tornado truther by telling a caller on his show, “Of course there’s weather weapons stuff going on.” Jones, a longtime proponent of the…


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Congressional Hearing on Apple Tax Practices Puts Spotlight on Legal Loopholes

Congressional Hearing on Apple Tax Practices Puts Spotlight on Legal Loopholes (via PBS News Hour)

JEFFREY BROWN: And next: tech giant Apple on the hot seat on Capitol Hill for tax practices that saved the company billions. Margaret Warner has that story. SEN. CARL LEVIN, D-Mich.: Now, Apple executives want the public to focus on the U.S. taxes the company has paid, but the real issue is the billions…


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VA GOP Lt Gov Candiate & American Taliban Member E.W. Jackson: No Federal Aid For Natural Disasters

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LGBT groups slam same-sex couples’ exclusion from immigration reform

LGBT groups slam same-sex couples’ exclusion from immigration reform (via Raw Story )

While some immigration rights advocates cheered the passage of a new immigration reform bill on Tuesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee, LGBT groups are angry over Democrats’ refusing to pursue an amendment guaranteeing undocumented immigrants same-sex couples the right to petition for family visas…


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Atheist Arizona lawmaker quotes Carl Sagan for House opening prayer

Atheist Arizona lawmaker quotes Carl Sagan for House opening prayer (via Raw Story )

An atheist state lawmaker in Arizona invoked astronomer Carl Sagan on Tuesday when he was tasked with giving the opening prayer for the state House of Representatives. Democratic state Representative Juan Mendez began by asking members not to bow their heads, explaining that he had a “secular humanist…


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Virginia lt. gov. nominee & hate-mongering fuck-weasel: Not sorry for hate speech ‘because I’m a Christian’

Just a note from the purveyor of this blog, your religion does not give you carte blanche to be a bigoted, small-minded, fuckstick.


Virginia lt. gov. nominee: Not sorry for hate speech ‘because I’m a Christian’ (via Raw Story )

The Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in Virginia says that he is a Christian and has no reason to apologize for his history against of hate speech against LGBT people, liberals and abortion providers. It was only after African-American minister E.W. Jackson won the nomination at the Virginia…


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Ted Cruz: ‘I don’t trust the Republicans’


Ted Cruz: ‘I don’t trust the Republicans’ (via Raw Story )

On Wednesday afternoon, while speaking on the Senate floor, Tea Party darling and freshman Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) declared that he does not trust the Republican leadership to properly handle budget negotiations on the next Congressional showdown regarding the budget ceiling, nor does he trust the Democrats…


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Making Sense of the Moore Tornado in a Climate Context

Making Sense of the Moore Tornado in a Climate Context (via Climate Central)

By Andrew Freedman Follow @afreedma The devastating tornado that ripped apart Moore, Okla., on Monday now joins the ranks of America’s strongest twisters on record, coming almost exactly two years after a similarly extreme and deadly tornado struck Joplin, Mo. In trying to make sense of the tragedy…


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Nonviolent activist tasered at DOJ while protesting for Wall Street prosecutions

Nonviolent activist tasered at DOJ while protesting for Wall Street prosecutions (via Raw Story )

A woman who became an activist after JPMorgan Chase foreclosed on her home in 2011 was shocked with a Taser and arrested while protesting outside the Department of Justice on Tuesday. In video obtained by Occupy Our Homes Atlanta, large men with assault rifles can be seen surrounding Carmen Pittman…


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ACLU condemns prosecution of Florida teen over lesbian relationship

ACLU condemns prosecution of Florida teen over lesbian relationship (via Raw Story )

In a statement released Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida condemned the statutory rape prosecution of 18-year-old Kaitlyn Hunt. “The facts as we understand them suggest that the state is prosecuting Kaitlyn for engaging in behavior that is both fairly innocuous and extremely…


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Texas ‘Merry Christmas Bill’ is ‘a bunch of bullsh*t’ says atheist TV host

Texas ‘Merry Christmas Bill’ is ‘a bunch of bullsh*t’ says atheist TV host (via Raw Story )

On Friday of last week, the Texas legislature passed the so-called “Merry Christmas Bill,” a fusillade by conservative lawmakers in the “War on Christmas.” The law is designed as a legal firewall to protect educators or other public officials who wish to openly celebrate Christmas in the state…


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Since Walker Sworn-In, 19 Plant Closings and Mass Layoffs Have Cost Wisconsin 2,207 in Lost Jobs

Since Walker Sworn-In, 19 Plant Closings and Mass Layoffs Have Cost Wisconsin 2,207 in Lost Jobs (via http://www.uppitywis.org)

According to Wisconsin law, businesses employing 50 or more persons in the State of Wisconsin must provide written notice 60 days before implementing a "business (plant) closing" or "mass layoff" in the state. According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, 19 companies have given notice…


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‘Science Guy’ Bill Nye: Massive Oklahoma tornado ‘going to happen again’

‘Science Guy’ Bill Nye: Massive Oklahoma tornado ‘going to happen again’ (via Raw Story )

Appearing Monday night on CNN, educator Bill Nye “The Science Guy” warned viewers looking on in shock at scenes of extreme weather and destruction in Oklahoma that, based upon all the currently available data, “it’s going to happen again.” Nye, an outspoken voice on climate change, cautioned…


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Sen. Leahy chides colleagues for killing LGBT equality in immigration bill

Sen. Leahy chides colleagues for killing LGBT equality in immigration bill (via Raw Story )

Senate Judiciary chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on Tuesday reluctantly withheld an amendment to the comprehensive immigration bill that would protect binational same-sex couples. “And I say this with a heavy heart,” Leahy said after withholding the amendment. “You know, I look at what my state…


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Gun lobbyist Larry Pratt: They will take our guns if they pass immigration reform

Gun lobbyist Larry Pratt: They will take our guns if they pass immigration reform (via Raw Story )

Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt warned earlier this month that immigrants would take away American’s guns, Right Wing Watch reported Tuesday. Speaking at a rally in Pennsylvania, Pratt explained that gun rights advocates needed to defeat comprehensive immigration reform. “Why…


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Enabling Greed Makes U.S. Sick

Enabling Greed Makes U.S. Sick (via Moyers & Company)

At the end of a week that reminds us to be ever vigilant about the dangers of government overreaching its authority, whether by the long arm of the IRS or the Justice Department, we should pause to think about another threat — from too much private power obnoxiously intruding into public life. All…


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New Chapter Begins for U.S. Relations With Myanmar, Though Concerns Remain

New Chapter Begins for U.S. Relations With Myanmar, Though Concerns Remain (via PBS News Hour)

JUDY WOODRUFF: We turn now to the Southeast Asian country Myanmar, whose president visited the White House today. Ray Suarez has that story. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: We very much appreciate your efforts and leadership in leading Myanmar in a new direction. RAY SUAREZ: At the White House, President Obama…


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Pentagon requests nearly $80 bln for Afghanistan war

Pentagon requests nearly $80 bln for Afghanistan war (via AFP)

The Pentagon has asked Congress for nearly $80 billion to cover the cost of the war in Afghanistan in 2014, a spokesman said Monday. The request issued Friday for $79.4 billion in fiscal year 2014 is slightly lower than the war funding of $87.2 billion for the current fiscal year, Pentagon press secretary…


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Secretary Kerry pushes dual peace bids on Middle East return

Kerry pushes dual peace bids on Middle East return (via AFP)

Secretary of State John Kerry was returning to the Middle East Monday, aiming to shore up peace efforts as he seeks to help end the Syria war and coax Israel and the Palestinians back to talks. The new top US diplomat -- making his fourth visit to Israel in a little over three months -- left Andrews…


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Union slams US Senate immigration reform bill

Union slams US Senate immigration reform bill (via AFP)

A union of federal immigration officers on Monday criticized an immigration reform bill currently under consideration in the US Senate. In an open letter, the union representing US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) employees said the measure "will damage public safety and national security…


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British PM survives gay marriage vote

British PM survives gay marriage vote (via AFP)

British Prime Minister David Cameron headed off another Conservative rebellion after the opposition Labour Party helped him see off a "wrecking amendment" which had threatened his gay marriage bill. Tory MP Tim Loughton had proposed the amendment saying that if gay couples were allowed to marry, then…


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