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Romney’s cousin: Mormonism is a ‘fraud’

Mitt Romney’s second cousin, Park Romney, once was once a Mormon high priest, but he is now denouncing the religion as a cult. Park told BBC recently that he left the church because “I became convinced that it’s a fraud.” “There’s compelling evidence that the Mormon Church leaders knowingly and…

Italian wine industry booming despite European debt crisis

Italy’s wine industry is flourishing despite the recession, with booming exports to foreign markets and competitive domestic pricing, experts said Monday at the start of the Vinitaly trade fair. “Italian wine growers have been able to seize the moment,” said Giovanni Mantovani, director of Verona Fiere, the company which organises…

Trump: Paul Ryan’s budget ‘very dangerous’ for Romney

Billionaire Donald Trump voiced his major concern over Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget proposal Monday, calling it “very dangerous” for GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney to support. Appearing on Fox and Friends, The Apprentice host displayed his annoyance with the timing of Ryan releasing the House Republican budget last week…

Wife of U.S. soldier accused in Afghan massacre: ‘He loves children’

The wife of a US soldier accused of fatally shooting 17 Afghan civilians broke her silence Monday, insisting in a television interview that her husband was not capable of the heinous crimes. “I have no idea what happened. But he would not — he loves children. And he would not…

Culture war is about culture

Steve Kornacki at Salon has a piece up about Mitt Romney’s continuing inability to win over evangelical voters. Personally, I’m not surprised evangelical Republicans are refusing to crown Romney the nominee. They were fed George W. Bush in 2000, and that led them to believe that they are the owners…

Turkish company uses Hitler to sell shampoo

A Turkish company is hoping that images of Adolf Hitler will entice men to buy their shampoo. The Turkish company Biomen has come under fire after they created an advertisement that uses black and white footage of the German dictator urging customers to purchase their “100 percent male shampoo.” “If…

Four things to know about the Supreme Court’s health care review

Amid anticipation akin to a major sports event, the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearing arguments Monday on President Barack Obama’s landmark health reform, a case with huge implications for the nation and 2012 elections. The nine justices of America’s highest court meet for an unprecedented three days of arguments on…

Microsoft censoring Windows Live Messenger chats for copyright infringement

Update (below): Microsoft says it has “long” been censoring users Tech giant Microsoft is actively intercepting and censoring conversations in its Windows Live Messenger program, utilizing a block list to prevent users from trading links to a popular peer-to-peer media sharing website known as The Pirate Bay. While it’s not…

Zimmerman’s friend: No trial is needed for Martin shooting

Joe Oliver, a friend of George Zimmerman, who has become the subject of protests for shooting unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida, said he felt Monday morning that the controversial incident did not require a trial. Appearing on NBC’s Today with Zimmerman’s lawyer Craig Sonner, Oliver was asked by co-host…

Herman Cain kills a bunny in new ad

When the Supreme Court put its stamp of approval on the creation of super PACs, they could never have seen this one coming. Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has launched a new advertisement showing a man catapaulting a bunny rabbit and blasting it into bloody chunks, as a little…

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