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Education group abandons American Legislative Exchange Council

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) has cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council, according to the Center for Media and Democracy. “Given recent events, the new NBPTS President and CEO decided to discontinue engagement with ALEC,” the organization said. “As a result, NBPTS terminated its membership…

WATCH LIVE: Obama addresses the nation from Afghanistan

President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Tuesday. The President is scheduled to discuss the future of the NATO mission in Afghanistan from Bagram Air Base at 7:30 p.m. ET. Watch live video, courtesy of MSNBC, below: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about…

Support progressive journalism

In honor of May Day, I’ll be fortunate enough to be attending the Hillman Awards, an annual group of awards from the Hillman Foundation for excellence in progressive journalism. As part of the blogger committee, I will be tweeting from the awards tonight starting at 6PM, so follow along on…

‘Black Bloc’ protesters ignite violence at Seattle May Day protest

Protesters clad in black outfits and carrying poles smashed windows and clashed with police during a May Day demonstration in downtown Seattle, according to The Seattle Times. The Occupy Wall Street movement planned May Day rallies in cities around the United States to show solidarity with workers across the globe…

Richard Grenell Quits; Is Too Gay for the Romney Campaign

Nine short days ago, I wrote this: If you were a presidential candidate facing a huge gender gap in the polls, would you: A) Hire as your new spokesman a guy who has made such repeated sexist attacks against women like Rachel Maddow, Callista Gingrich, Hillary Clinton, Condoleeza Rice, and…

Romney’s openly gay spokesman resigns amid criticism

Romney’s openly gay spokesman Richard Grenell resigned from his position on Tuesday following an onslaught of criticism over his sexual orientation, according to The Washington Post’s Right Turn blog. “I have decided to resign from the Romney campaign as the Foreign Policy and National Security Spokesman,” Grenell said in a…

Over 20,000 Tunisians in May Day march for national unity

TUNIS — Tens of thousands of Tunisians marched for national unity on Tuesday, chanting slogans borrowed from the popular uprising that toppled Zine El Abidine Ben Ali over a year ago. On Habib Bouguiba avenue, a symbol of the revolution, more than 20,000 Tunisians marched, waving the country’s red and…

Mitt Romney is Lying Out of His Lie-Hole Again, Bin Laden Edition

Mitt the Liar is still trying to pretend like he never said that “it wasn’t worth moving heaven and earth… just trying to catch one person.”  That one person being Osama bin Laden, of course.  Remember him?  We hate him. Now Mitt is all, “Wha!?!! Of course I would have…

Religious websites riskier than porn for online viruses: study

SAN FRANCISCO — Web wanderers are more likely to get a computer virus by visiting a religious website than by peering at porn, according to a study released on Tuesday. “Drive-by attacks” in which hackers booby-trap legitimate websites with malicious code continue to be a bane, the US-based anti-virus vendor…

Clinical trials often fall short: U.S. study

WASHINGTON — Most clinical trials for cancer, heart disease and mental health are too small to offer adequate medical evidence, said a review of the US database of such studies released on Tuesday. The analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Association was led by experts at Duke University…

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