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Drunk woman charged for biting dog

CHICAGO — A young US woman who allegedly bit her bulldog during a drunken argument with her mother was charged with animal cruelty and domestic battery, police said. Neighbors called police after hearing loud screaming and pounding coming from the family home in Lake in the Hills, Illinois. Police said…

Rodney King on LA riots: You can’t fight violence with violence

Rodney King, the victim in a police brutality case that ignited the Los Angeles riots in 1992, said Monday that he hoped that what happened to him could no longer happen today. After the officers who beat him with batons were acquitted, thousands of people in LA rioted. “My reaction…

Occupy May Day protesters sense chance to regain autumn momentum

About 80 Occupy Wall Street organisers are gathered in the stuffy basement of a lower Manhattan office building to discuss the final stages of the movement’s most anticipated action this year. On a pair of tables in the corner of the room sit stacks of Occupy literature – magazines and…

The Romney Campaign is Lying about the Detroit Auto Industry Bailout

Over the weekend, a campaign spokesperson for the Romney campaign said the following: “[Romney's] position on the bailout was exactly what President Obama followed. I know it infuriates them to hear that…. The only economic success that President Obama has had is because he followed Mitt Romney’s advice.“ This is…

Rep. Pete Stark recognizes ‘National Day of Reason’

For the second year in a row, Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) has issued a proclamation on the House floor recognizing the National Day of Reason, a celebration intended as a secular alternative to the National Day of Prayer. “The National Day of Reason celebrates the application of reason and the…

Ron Paul and Paul Krugman debate economic theory

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and economics professor Paul Krugman debated political economy Monday on Bloomberg TV. Paul made his case for Austrian economics, arguing for a limited government that keeps its hands off the economy. In contrast, Krugman made the case for Keynesian economics, arguing that a completely unmanaged economy…

Racial profiling at airports? Here’s an app for that

WASHINGTON — Travelers who suspect they are victims of profiling by security screeners at US airports can now lodge a complaint in minutes, thanks to a smartphone application released on Monday. The Sikh Coalition, supported by African American, Latino and Muslim civil rights groups, said its FlyRights app can be…

Senators: ‘Enhanced interrogation techniques’ ineffective

WASHINGTON — A US Senate report that analyzed millions of pages of intelligence records will show that enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA were not effective in helping find terror suspects, top lawmakers said Monday. Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein and Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Carl Levin…

CODEPINK’s Medea Benjamin interrupts Brennan to condemn drone strikes

Medea Benjamin, the co-founder of the anti-war group CODEPINK, interrupted a speech by White House counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan on Monday. While Brennan was speaking, Benjamin stood up in the audience and began giving her own speech for more than one minute. “What about the hundreds of innocent people we…

Obama pokes Romney on bin Laden raid

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama Monday questioned whether his foe Mitt Romney would have taken out Osama bin Laden, but denied indulging in “excessive celebration” over the terror leader’s death. Obama personally stepped into a fierce election-year row sparked by the anniversary of bin Laden’s death in a raid…

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