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Obama, Putin in stare-down over (no, not the Super Bowl ring) Syria war

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Obama, Putin in stare-down over (no, not the Super Bowl ring) Syria war (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor)

So, did The Ring come up in the conversation? Syria may have topped the agenda of Monday’s meeting between President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin – the first between the two leaders in a year. Mr. Obama appears to have had no more success at convincing Mr. Putin to abandon his support…


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Ted "I Hate America" Cruz adding voter ID to immigration bill to reverse Supreme Court ruling

Ted Cruz adding voter ID to immigration bill to reverse Supreme Court ruling (via Raw Story )

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) reacted to a Monday Supreme Court ruling striking down an Arizona law requiring voters to provide proof of citizenship by declaring that he would add a voter ID requirement to the comprehensive immigration reform bill currently being debated in the Senate. Writing for the court…


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Where Immigration Policy Intersects with Government Surveillance

Where Immigration Policy Intersects with Government Surveillance (via Moyers & Company)

During a week notable for dramatic disclosures about the breadth of government surveillance, the Senate started debating the immigration reform bill. The two issues are more related than you’d think. The ACLU writes that the bill “creates the kind of militarized environment along our southern border…


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Republicans push ‘religious freedom’ provision to weaken repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Republicans push ‘religious freedom’ provision to weaken repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ (via Raw Story )

Republican senators on Monday touted a “religious freedom” provision in the annual defense spending bill that critics say would provide a “license to bully” LGBT service members. The provision, introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and consponsored by Ted Cruz (R-TX) and David Vitter (R-LA), requires…


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Obama praises Bernanke, but mum on future

Obama praises Bernanke, but mum on future (via AFP)

President Barack Obama praised Ben Bernanke for his performance as head of the US Federal Reserve, but did not say whether Bernanke will stay on at the end of his term next year. "I think Ben Bernanke's done an outstanding job," Obama said in an interview on the Charlie Rose Show, a current affairs…


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Senate bill to protect LGBT workers from discrimination now has majority support

Senate bill to protect LGBT workers from discrimination now has majority support (via Raw Story )

Delaware Senator Tom Carper (D) on Monday became the 51st cosponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, according to the Huffington Post. “Senator Carper believes it is important for federal law to explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation — in the same…


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Take Me Out to the Ball Game — But Pay Me a Living Wage

Take Me Out to the Ball Game — But Pay Me a Living Wage (via Moyers & Company)

It was in The San Francisco Examiner on June 3, 1888, 125 years ago this month, that there first appeared a poem titled, “Casey at the Bat, a Ballad of the Republic.” In the decades since, “Casey” has become the classic ode to baseball as the all-American pastime; its stanzas once memorized…


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New Hampshire court strikes down law to divert public funds to religious schools

New Hampshire court strikes down law to divert public funds to religious schools (via Raw Story )

A New Hampshire state court on Monday struck down a recently enacted law that established an education tax credit program to help fund private schools. The program provided a large tax credit to businesses that contributed to scholarship organizations that paid for tuition at private schools. Though…


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Obama skeptical on major military action in Syria

Obama skeptical on major military action in Syria (via AFP)

President Barack Obama expressed skepticism that setting up a no-fly zone in Syria or other major US military action could save lives or tip the balance against President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Speaking to PBS television, Obama said critics urging bold intervention failed to understand there was…


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Funny or Die mocks Michele Bachmann’s retirement

Watch: Funny or Die mocks Michele Bachmann’s retirement (via Raw Story )

Comedy outlet Funny or Die uploaded a video to YouTube on Monday that mock’s Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) retirement from the House of Representatives. In the video, she insisted her decision not to run for reelection was not based on her narrow victory in 2012 or an ongoing FBI investigation…


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ALEC’s (Non)Disclosure Policy

ALEC’s (Non)Disclosure Policy (via Moyers & Company)

Last week, The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) filed suit against Wisconsin State Senator Leah Vukmir for failing to release documents as required under the state’s public records law. CMD alleges that Sen. Vukmir possesses materials pertaining to her involvement with the American Legislative…


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Teabagging asshat, Rand Paul: Marijuana users lose IQ points and lack motivation

Rand Paul: Marijuana users lose IQ points and lack motivation (via Raw Story )

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said Monday he did not support the legalization of marijuana, though he did support some form of decriminalization. “What I think is that if your kid or one of his friends goes out and gets caught with marijuana, sticking them in prison is a big mistake,” he told Peter…


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US study links pollution to autism risk

US study links pollution to autism risk (via AFP)

Pregnant women who were exposed to high levels of air pollution were twice as likely to have a child with autism as women who lived in low pollution areas, a US study said. According to experts at Harvard University, the research is the first large national study to examine links between the prevalence…


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Mentally challenged Republican cites masturbating fetuses to support new abortion restrictions

Republican cites masturbating fetuses to support new abortion restrictions (via Raw Story )

Representative Michael Burgess (R-TX) on Monday asserted that he witnessed male fetuses pleasuring themselves as early as 15-weeks after conception, RH Reality Check reported. His comments came during a House Rules committee debate on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions…


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US program marks birth of one millionth HIV-free baby

US program marks birth of one millionth HIV-free baby (via AFP)

This month somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa the one millionth baby will be born without HIV to a mother who suffers from the disease, thanks in large part to a decade-old US aid program. It is yet another remarkable step in the long fight against HIV and AIDS, as the United States and its global partners…


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John Oliver: Just f*cking ignore Sarah Palin’s turd supermarket of self-contradictory nonsense

John Oliver: Just f*cking ignore Sarah Palin’s turd supermarket of self-contradictory nonsense (via Raw Story )

Monday night on The Daily Show, John Oliver ruthlessly mocked former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s return to Fox News. Palin returned to Fox News on Monday to inform the world she was authoring a book about the war on Christmas and spouted off a number of hokey phrases in the process. “I just don’…


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Yahoo! says it has received thousands of US requests

Yahoo! says it has received thousands of US requests (via AFP)

Internet giant Yahoo! said in a letter to users that it has received up to 13,000 requests for information from US law enforcement agencies in a six-month period ending May 31. The letter titled "Our Commitment to Our Users' Privacy" was posted on the company's Tumblr page late Monday, and was signed…


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Russell Brand hits on ‘Morning Joe’ co-host: ‘Lose the ring’ you ‘shaft grasper’

Russell Brand hits on ‘Morning Joe’ co-host: ‘Lose the ring’ you ‘shaft grasper’ (via Raw Story )

Appearing Monday on MSNBC, comedian Russell Brand asked the “Morning Joe” team, “Is this what you do to make a living?” and repeatedly hit on the show’s co-host, calling her a “shaft grasper” and suggesting she lose her wedding ring. Brand essentially hijacked the program, going on a…


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Obama defends secret program as more leaks possible

Obama defends secret program as more leaks possible (via AFP)

President Barack Obama defended secret US security programs late Monday and rejected comparisons with predecessor George W. Bush, even as rogue intelligence tech Edward Snowden warned that more leaks are on the way. The Obama administration has been on the defensive since last week's dramatic leak…


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[Caribou Barbie] writing ‘legalese’ book to fight the ‘War on Christmas’

Palin writing ‘legalese’ book to fight the ‘War on Christmas’ (via Raw Story )

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) announced on Monday that she was writing a book filled with “legalese” about how to fight what some social conservatives call the “War on Christmas.” In her first appearance on Fox News after once again becoming an employee of the network, Palin was asked…


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MSNBC’s Ari Melber explains why DNA collection is a civil rights issue

MSNBC’s Ari Melber explains why DNA collection is a civil rights issue (via Raw Story )

MSNBC host Ari Melber on Sunday warned that collecting the DNA samples of every arrested individual would have a disproportionately negative impact on African Americans. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court affirmed Maryland’s policy of collecting DNA profiles of those arrested for serious crimes…


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Sen. Hillbilly McFuckstick, aka Saxby Chambliss: Don’t put ‘any limits’ on U.S. involvement in Syria

Chambliss: Don’t put ‘any limits’ on U.S. involvement in Syria (via Raw Story )

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) on Sunday declared that President Barack Obama should not put “any limits” on U.S. military involvement in the civil war that’s being waged in Syria. “I don’t think you can place any limits on it right now,” Chambliss told NBC’s David Gregory. “I do think…


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