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Maddow: Forced vaginal probe ultrasound not just a Virginia story

On her show Monday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow noted that lawmakers in Virginia were not the only ones pushing for legislation that would require women to receive an ultrasound before terminating their pregnancy. Alabama, Pennsylvania and Arizona are also considering bills that would require a woman to receive a…

Financier Fred Wilson: Content industry has made everybody a pirate

Fred Wilson, a venture capitalist who has invested in companies like Twitter and Tumblr, said at an event hosted by the Paley Center for Media that virtually everyone had become a media pirate because Internet content wasn’t convenient for consumption. Rather than trying to go after every infringer, he argued,…

Why people should be allowed to erase memories

What if you could forget a bad memory by taking a pill? It seems like a weird question, but as this article in this month’s edition of Wired makes clear, it’s a question that’s probably going to become a very real one for a lot of people within our lifetimes.…

New PAC seeks to oust anti-choice legislators in Virginia

Former Virginia lawmakers announced on Monday the formation of the Women’s Strike Force, a new political action committee aimed at defeating state lawmakers who have pushed for legislation to prohibit or restriction a woman’s ability to terminate her pregnancy. “The steps that have been taken by lawmakers in Virginia and…

Bill Maher defends super PAC donation: Obama’s victory not ‘in the bag’

Comedian Bill Maher on Monday defended his donation to Priorities USA Action, warning liberals that President Barack Obama’s victory in the 2012 elections wasn’t “in the bag.” Maher shocked audiences around the world last week when he announced he’d be donating $1 million to the pro-Obama super PAC. “I promise…

Tight Republican race exposes liabilities

LIVONIA, Michigan — A rich guy with a tin ear and a culture war extremist: Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have reinforced these unflattering narratives as the battle for the Republican nomination heats up in Michigan. Romney’s problems connecting to working class voters hit the national media again after he…

Rep. Wolf accuses Sudan of new ‘ethnic cleansing’

WASHINGTON — A US congressman pleaded Monday for action to bring food to thousands in Sudan’s South Kordofan state, accusing the Khartoum government of new “ethnic cleansing” after a visit to the region. Representative Frank Wolf said he went last week to the Yida refugee camp across the border in…

Coloradans to decide marijuana legalization in November

Residents of Colorado will have the opportunity this November to legalize marijuana possession and allow regulated sales of marijuana in their state. The Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler on Monday certified a ballot initiative for the state’s November general election after Denver-based activists gathered more than 170,000 signatures. If…

Fellow student describes Ohio school shooter as nice, quiet kid

The boy who opened fire on his classmates early Monday in a high school cafeteria seemed like a “really nice” kid, but came from a broken family, according to a student. The student told CNN that the alleged gunman “came from a really broken down home” and was living with…

California bill would remove felony penalties for drug possession

Legislation recently introduced to the California Senate would change simple drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor under state law. State Sen. Mark Leno (D), who introduced the bill, touted the revision as a way to alleviate overcrowding in state prisons and county jails, and save millions of dollars…

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