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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s son cited for marijuana possession

The 21-year old son of Democratic Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was issued a citation for possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana early Saturday. “This is a private matter that will be handled through the municipal process,” the governor said in a statement. “My son is a fine young…

Tea party audience boos Ron Paul for explaining motive of al Qaeda

Ron Paul was booed at the CNN/Tea Party Republican debate on Monday night after saying that al Qaeda did not attack the United States because “we’re free,” but because of U.S. military operations in the Middle East and the nation’s “unfair” treatment of Palestinians. “This whole idea that the whole…

Bachmann calls out Perry for taking money from HPV vaccine company

During the CNN Tea Party Express debate Monday, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann went after fellow candidate Rick Perry for taking campaign contributions from Merck, a company that sells the HPV vaccines that he had, as the governor of Texas, tried to mandate for all young girls in the state.…

Romney, Perry exchange blows over Social Security reform

Mitt Romney and Rick Perry clashed over Social Security at the CNN/Tea Party Republican debate on Monday night. Romney pointed out that in his book, Fed Up, Perry called Social Security an “unconstitutional” program and a total failure. “If what you’re trying to say is that back in the ’30s…

Tea party audience cheers letting the uninsured die

The audience Monday night’s CNN Tea Party Express Republican primary debate was eager to see the death of a hypothetical man who was in a coma and also did not have health care insurance. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer posed this question to Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul: “A healthy young, 30-year-old…

Egypt military to widen state of emergency

CAIRO — One of Egypt’s ruling generals said Monday the military will expand a state of emergency because of a “breach in public security” after protesters stormed Israel’s embassy and clashed with police, state news agency MENA reported. The ruling military council issued a decree to widen the scope of…

Michael Jordan slapped with fine

NEW YORK — The National Basketball Association has slapped Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan with a $100,000 fine for comments about the league’s labour dispute, ESPN reported Monday. The NBA prohibits owners from speaking publicly about the collective bargaining process. League spokesman Tim Frank confirmed the penalty but declined to…

U.S. universities hit with copyright infringement suit

NEW YORK — The Authors Guild and writers from Australia, Britain and Canada filed a copyright infringement suit Monday against five US universities and the HathiTrust digital library project. The complaint submitted in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York claims the universities obtained unauthorized scans…

Bachmann: ‘Obama stole over $500 billion’

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann went on the offense against President Barack Obama during a Republican primary debate in Florida Monday. The congresswoman suggested that the president “stole” money to enact his Affordable Care Act. “We also need to know that for those who are not yet on the system,…

Why religion really isn’t comforting

For what it's worth, this sort of thing is why I can't stand the religious claim that it doesn't matter if it's true because religion brings people comfort.   (Via Post Secret and the Friendly Athiest.) I'm generally not a big fan of the notion that big lies are fine…

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