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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sen. Rubio: Best response to IRS scandal is ‘repealing Obamacare’ (via Raw Story )

In a video response to a constituent, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) claimed Wednesday that the best way to respond to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scandal is by “repealing Obamacare,” which he claimed would be enforced by tax collectors demanding payment from Americans who do not purchase health…


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Global warming is here to stay, whichever way you look at it

Global warming is here to stay, whichever way you look at it (via Skeptical Science)

Posted on 30 May 2013 by Kevin Trenberth By Kevin Trenberth, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Has global warming stalled? This question is increasingly being asked because the local weather seems cool and wet, or because the global mean temperature is not increasing at its earlier rate…


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Rhode Island governor will switch parties, run for re-election as Democrat

Rhode Island governor will switch parties, run for re-election as Democrat (via Raw Story )

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) will switch to the Democratic party as he seeks a second term in 2014, Politico reported on Wednesday. Chafee was elected to his current position in 2010 as an independent after leaving the Republican party, and campaigned on behalf of President Barack Obama in…


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Why Pentagon has doubts about no-fly zone over Syria (+video)

Why Pentagon has doubts about no-fly zone over Syria (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Copyright ImageClick to View This image taken from video obtained from Ugarit News shows a Syrian fighter jet in a hangar after rebels captured Jarrah airfield in Aleppo province in February. The Syrian Air Force is responsible for only a small fraction of the attacks against rebel forces, Pentagon…


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Microsoft alum promises to ‘mint millionaires’ with future U.S.-Mexico marijuana trade

Microsoft alum promises to ‘mint millionaires’ with future U.S.-Mexico marijuana trade (via Raw Story )

Former Microsoft corporate strategy manager Jamen Shively (pictured, center) will appear Thursday with former Mexican president Vicente Fox at a press conference announcing the unofficial start of the legal U.S.-Mexico marijuana trade, even though such a trade is still very much imaginary. “Let’…


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Money-laundering scheme hid $6 billion for fraudsters like 'Joe Bogus'

Money-laundering scheme hid $6 billion for fraudsters like 'Joe Bogus' (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Copyright ImageClick to View Preet Bharara, US attorney for the Southern District of New York, describes a chart showing the global interests of Liberty Reserve, during a news conference in New York on Tuesday. Arthur Budovsky, the founder of Liberty Reserve, was indicted in the United States along…


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Oklahoma Republican chides party on abortion: What happened to the party that I joined?

Oklahoma Republican chides party on abortion: What happened to the party that I joined? (via Raw Story )

A Republican state congressman from Oklahoma wrote a blistering critique of his party’s actions regarding reproductive health in a column for The Daily Oklahoman published on Wednesday. “What happened to the Republican Party that I joined?” state Rep. Doug Cox (R) wrote. “The party where conservative…


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Assad implies Russia has delivered missiles to Syria

Assad implies Russia has delivered missiles to Syria (via AFP)

Russia has delivered to Syria promised air defence missiles, President Bashar al-Assad implied in an interview to be aired Thursday, in a move that could complicate any foreign intervention in his war-torn country. Moscow, the Assad regime's most powerful ally, announced this week it intends to honour…


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Maine governor: Might as well go home and get our guns over alleged censorship

Maine governor: Might as well go home and get our guns over alleged censorship (via Raw Story )

Maine’s Republican governor Paul LePage has voiced new outrage over the alleged censorship of his speech in the Statehouse. “It’s freedom of speech,” he told reporters on Wednesday, according to the Portland Press Herald. “You folks should understand that better than I. It is the First Amendment…


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Europeans give up holiday travel as austerity bites

Europeans give up holiday travel as austerity bites (via AFP)

Fewer Europeans are planning to go away for a summer holiday as economic austerity bites, a new study shows, with levels of foreign vacation travel at their lowest for eight years. No more than 54 percent of Europeans are planning to get away for summer holiday this year, according to the Ipsos-Europ…


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Louisiana lawmakers kill repeal of unconstitutional creationism law

Louisiana lawmakers kill repeal of unconstitutional creationism law (via Raw Story )

The Louisiana House Education Committee killed a measure to repeal a 1981 creationism law on Wednesday, even though the Supreme Court had ruled it was unconstitutional. “There’s no good reason to keep an unconstitutional law on the books,” Josh Rosenau, programs and policy director at the National…


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Sprint-SoftBank merger wins US security clearance

Sprint-SoftBank merger wins US security clearance (via AFP)

US national security officials have approved Japanese telecom giant SoftBank's planned $20-billion takeover of Sprint, the third-largest US mobile carrier, the companies said. The US Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) completed the investigation with "no unresolved national security…


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Alabama Taliban leader bans Boy Scouts for supporting ‘sinful lifestyle’ of gay scouts

Alabama pastor bans Boy Scouts for supporting ‘sinful lifestyle’ of gay scouts (via Raw Story )

An Alabama pastor says that he is banning Boy Scouts from meeting at his church because they are supporting a “sinful lifestyle” by allowing gay members to join the organization. First Baptist Church of Helena Pastor Greg Walker told WBRC that he was forced to decide that the scouts could no longer…


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Obama has settled on new FBI director: report

Obama has settled on new FBI director: report (via AFP)

President Barack Obama has decided to nominate a Republican who served under George W. Bush in the Justice Department as the new director of the FBI, The New York Times reported. James Comey, 52, is a former hedge fund manager who now teaches at Columbia Law School. He would replace Robert Mueller,…


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Grand Dame of racism & bigotry, Schlafly, advises Republicans: Ignore Hispanics and ‘reach out to… white voters’

Schlafly advises Republicans: Ignore Hispanics and ‘reach out to… white voters’ (via Raw Story )

Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly says Republicans are making a mistake by trying to court Hispanics with comprehensive immigration reform legislation. “I think that’s a great myth because the Hispanics who come in like this are going to vote Democrat,” Schlafly told the Focus Today radio…


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EU demands tough reforms, gives France, Spain extra time

EU demands tough reforms, gives France, Spain extra time (via AFP)

The European Commission laid down its economic targets for EU nations desperately seeking growth and jobs in the fallout from the debt crisis but gave France and Spain extra time in return for deeper reforms. The debt crisis has seen Brussels gain additional powers to ensure EU member states toe the…


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"Christian" radio host & lunatic, upset by female breadwinners: Women not designed to be providers

Christian radio host upset by female breadwinners: Women not designed to be providers (via Raw Story )

The Bible makes it clear that men were designed to go out and work while women stay home, according to conservative Christian radio host Bryan Fischer. Reacting to news that mothers were now the primary source of income in 40 percent of U.S. households, Fischer claimed Wednesday that men were “designed…


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El Salvador says no abortion for ill woman

El Salvador says no abortion for ill woman (via AFP)

A chronically ill Salvadoran woman pregnant with a malformed fetus that doctors say will probably die has lost her Supreme Court bid to have an abortion. The court said Wednesday the rights of the mother cannot prevail over the unborn, and vice versa. Abortions are strictly forbidden in El Salvador…


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Belgium routs USA in football (soccer) friendly

I really don't care about football (soccer to those in the US), but since I live in Belgium, I figured I should post this.


Belgium routs USA in football friendly (via AFP)

Christian Benteke scored two goals in the second half as the Belgium's national team routed the USA 4-2 in an international friendly at First Energy Stadium. Belgium got off to a quick start Wednesday as Kevin Mirallas scored in the sixth minute before Geoff Cameron tied it 1-1 for the USA halfway…


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Grand Titan Joe Arpaio vows to appeal ruling of ‘unconstitutional’ racial profiling

Arpaio vows to appeal ruling of ‘unconstitutional’ racial profiling (via Raw Story )

Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio promised on Tuesday to challenge a federal judge’s ruling that found his office to engage in racial profiling against Latinos, KPHO-TV reported. “One hundred of my deputies were authorized and trained by the federal government, ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement…


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Fox contributor: Liberals who reject that men should dominate women are anti-science

Fox contributor: Liberals who reject that men should dominate women are anti-science (via Raw Story )

Fox Business personalities had a collective freak out on Wednesday night after learning that mothers were now the primary source of income in 40 percent of U.S. households. Fox Business host Lou Dobbs asserted women earning more than their husbands was an indication of the dissolution of American society…


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Neil deGrasse Tyson says America has lost its exploratory compass at Rice's 100th commencement

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Disabled blogger really doesn’t want to be in your ‘prayer sandwich’

Disabled blogger really doesn’t want to be in your ‘prayer sandwich’ (via Raw Story )

A disabled 22-year-old Duke University graduate named Megan has started a blog to discuss her experiences with aggressive Christians who want to lay hands on her and pray in an effort to heal her. According to The Friendly Atheist, Megan, who has a rare connective tissue disease called epidermolysis…


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