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Gov. Scott Walker

Scott Walker’s new budget is so brutal even Republicans are afraid of it

The governor is proposing massive cuts to programs that are crucial for seniors and the disabled.
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Indiana taxpayers ripped off in horrifying scheme that targeted poor pregnant women

The lawsuit claims that IU Health and HealthNet, a IU Health affiliate that serves poor patients through eight inner-city clinics, shunted high-risk pregnant women to nurse midwives, while billing them as though doctors had treated them.
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Los Angeles spends more money policing the homeless than helping them: report

A new report shows that more than half of the $100 million the city of Los Angeles spends on homelessness each year goes to the LAPD.
President Barack Obama waves after taking part in the CEO Summit of the Americas at a hotel in Panama City on April 10, 2015. Photo by Mandel Ngan for Agence France-Presse.

Obama to offer qualified support for medical marijuana on Sanjay Gupta’s latest ‘weed’ special

Barack Obama offered qualified support for efforts made in the U.S. Senate to decriminalize medical marijuana during an interview for CNN’s documentary “Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution,” which will make its debut Sunday night.
Actor and director Ben Affleck on 'Real Time with Bill Maher,' on Oct. 3, 2014. [YouTube]

Revealed: Ben Affleck asked for slave-owning ancestor story to be cut from PBS documentary

The message published by WikiLeaks last week is part of a trove of embarrassing emails, film scripts and other internal communications that were accessed during a massive hack of Sony in 2014.
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson [Moyers and Company]

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Reporters need to stop promoting phony scientific debates for headlines and ‘clicks’

“There’s this journalistic ethos saying if I get one opinion then I need to get another opinion that countervails that,” Tyson said. “So if I say the world is round, are you obligated to say the world is flat, lest someone think you are being biased in your reporting? Well, that’s absurd.”
"John Harrison Uhrmacher" by Philippe Joseph Tassaert (1732-1803)After Thomas King († circa 1796) [1767 painting] - [1]. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Clockmaker John Harrison vindicated 250 years after ‘absurd’ claims

The pendulum clock of Longitude hero John Harrison is tested and declared a masterpiece.
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It’s not just a white dude thing — and 9 other myths religious people have about atheists, debunked

Atheists are moral, loving and multicultural.
Author Stephen King [Facebook.com]

Stephen King on GOP 2016 candidates: ‘I thought I was supposed to write the horror stories’

Author Stephen King made it clear on Friday that he is not a big fan of the current crop of Republicans running for the 2016 presidential nomination.