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Hackers pick Google’s pocket with Mac virus

SAN FRANCISCO — A virus infecting Macintosh computers is picking Google’s pocket by hijacking advertising “clicks,” tallying as much as $10,000 daily, according to Internet security firm Symantec. A component of the widespread Flashback virus targets Google search queries made using Chrome, Safari, or Firefox browsers and directs people to…

Obama makes surprise Afghanistan trip

KABUL — US President Barack Obama arrived in Afghanistan late Tuesday on a surprise visit a year after American elite Navy SEALs killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in a raid deep inside Pakistan. Obama was expected to sign a strategic partnership on future US-Afghan ties once American troops have…

Romney: Obama ‘inappropriate’ to politicize bin Laden kill

NEW YORK — Republican Mitt Romney praised President Barack Obama on Tuesday for taking out Osama bin Laden and said he would have done the same, but that it was “inappropriate” for the US leader to politicize the mission. Romney, his party’s presumptive nominee in the presidential race, made his…

Maddow explains the conservative media model: ‘Everybody else is out to get you’

Conservative media outlets encourage their audiences to keep viewing only their content by demonizing other news sources, according to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. “If I am trying to get across a point of view, I have to persuade and not assert,” she said in April at The Castro Theater in…

Obama-rebuking judge allows Texas to withhold funds from Planned Parenthood

Just hours after a federal court issued an injunction against Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s plan to revoke public funding for Planned Parenthood, a judge on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans knocked that ruling down and permitted the state to proceed — at least for now. Judge…

Study: Atheists more driven by compassion than highly religious people

Highly religious people are less motivated by compassion than atheists, agnostics and less religious people, according to a new study. Research from University of California, Berkeley published in the most recent edition of the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science found a stronger link between compassion and generosity among non-religious…

Scott Brown opposes ‘Obamacare’ policy that covers his daughter

Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown (R) doesn’t see anything wrong with the fact that he has voted to overturn the Affordable Care Act four times, in spite of the fact that it enables him to keep his 23-year-old daughter on his Congressional health plan. Brown told The Boston Globe that his…

The queens of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ talk politics

Though this season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” was the first to feature a political competition — “Frock The Vote” — and RuPaul himself even journeyed to New Hampshire during primary season to declare himself a “one-issue candidate,” the show, like many of its reality competitors, shied away from most political…

Wingnut Radio Host Likens Contraception Mandate to Islamic Terrorism

The ongoing birth control controversy has caused religious conservatives to take leave of their senses.  Honestly.  This is just bananas: Conservative radio host Matt Barber say that the federal government’s requirement that all health insurance cover contraception for women is comparable to Muslim terrorists forcing you to “kill your family.”…

‘West Wing’ cast reunites for a very important initiative

Fans of the series “The West Wing” will recall that some of the show’s best moments were the “walk and talk” sequences, where cast members would begin a conversation on the go from one meeting or location to another, often adding and losing participants as the discussion evolved on its…

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