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Rachel Maddow mocks Politico’s P90X workout obsession

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow gave herself a thorough ab workout on-air Tuesday night when she laughed herself silly at beltway publication Politico’s more-than-thorough coverage of the use of workout regimen P90X on the Hill. Paul Ryan loves it! Aaron Schock loves it! Politico loves it, as evidenced by the 10 stories…

Sheila Jackson Lee asks about ‘Christian militants’ during anti-Muslim hearing

When Rep. Peter King (R-NY) called a hearing on Muslim radicalism, he probably didn’t expect Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) to turn the spotlight on “Christian militants.” But that’s exactly what she did Wednesday. Jackson Lee noted that one witness who wrote a letter to the committee about the dangers…

Obama keeps his campaign mega-donors close — in White House jobs

Despite running his presidential campaign on banning former lobbyists — and their special interests influence — from the marble halls of his administration, President Barack Obama has hired about 80 percent of his mega-donors (those who bundled $500,000 or more for him during the campaign) to “key administration posts.” The…

Judge: ‘Copyright troll’ Righthaven may have lied in hundreds of lawsuits

The liberal political forum Democratic Underground, LLC. (DU) has escaped a lawsuit filed by Righthaven, LLC. that claimed a user illegally appropriated several paragraphs of a news story. In the ruling, a Las Vegas judge wrote that Righthaven’s claims were invalid because it did not actually hold a copyright on the story…

Maher: ‘Republicanism has become a religion’

HBO’s Bill Maher told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Tuesday that “as a sane person,” it was tough to watch the Republican presidential candidates debate. “Republicanism has — it’s really become a religion,” he noted. “And when I say religion, I mean they just have a series of baseless assertions that they…

Japan finds radiation traces in whales

TOKYO (AFP) – Japanese whale hunters have found traces of radioactive caesium in two of the ocean giants recently harpooned off its shores in the Pacific Ocean, a fisheries agency official said Wednesday. Two minke whales culled off the northern island of Hokkaido showed readings of 31 becquerels and 24.3…

Illegal spread of GM rice alarms Chinese officials

Genetically modified rice has been spreading illegally for years in China, officials have admitted, triggering a debate on a sensitive aspect of the food security plan in the world’s most populous nation. Two strains of GM rice were approved for open-field experiments but not commercial sale in 2009. In January,…

Drop in violent crime reveals complex role of poverty

WASHINGTON — A plunge in violent crime over the last two years despite the economic downturn appears to confirm what experts have long known — that poverty alone does not drive delinquency. The latest figures released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) show the lowest level of violent crime…

Facebook hires former Clinton spokesman

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Facebook announced on Tuesday that it had hired former US president Bill Clinton’s spokesman Joe Lockhart to serve as vice president of global communications at the social network. “Joe’s arrival brings new skills and greater depth to our incredibly busy team,” Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s vice president of…

Key Senate panel approves Panetta for Pentagon

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Senate Armed Services Committee unanimously approved Leon Panetta’s nomination to be US defense secretary on Tuesday, setting the stage for a full senate confirmation. Panetta, 72, who has served President Barack Obama as CIA chief, was expected to sail to confirmation by the full US…

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