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Journalist Jon Ralston: Ron Paul supporters ‘want to stay inside the tent’

Tuesday on PBS’ Newshour, Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun and Brian Doherty of Reason.com explained the role of Ron Paul in the 2012 race for the Republican presidential nomination. Paul announced on Monday that he would no longer be campaigning in states that have not yet held primary…

Young Turks host: Louisiana’s sheriffs get a cut of America’s ‘prison capital’

The Young Turks host Ana Kasparian explained Tuesday how Louisiana sheriffs had an incentive to keep the inmate population high. “None violent drug offenders end up in these prisons for very, very long sentences just because these sheriff’s departments profit from it,” she said. Louisiana’s incarceration rate is the highest…

Jane Lynch: Being gay isn’t one of my flaws

Actress Jane Lynch told CNN’s Piers Morgan on Tuesday that she was “blown away” by President Barack Obama’s recent endorsement of same sex marriage. Even though “nothing is going to happen” because of his support for marriage equality, she still appreciated that Obama took the risk of publicly stating his…

Romney slams Obama over ‘prairie fire’ of debt

WASHINGTON — Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney Tuesday accused President Barack Obama of doing nothing to douse a “prairie fire of debt” as he previewed a new economic message in a key swing state. Romney, seeking to make November’s election a referendum on the stuttering economic recovery presided over…

One of two Travolta accusers withdraws lawsuit

LOS ANGELES — A male masseur who accused John Travolta of sexual battery has withdrawn a lawsuit, his lawyer said Tuesday, as the star’s attorney vowed a similar second legal action would also fail. The first alleged victim, identified only as John Doe, filed his lawsuit last week, seeking $2…

U.S. will not return illegally adopted Guatemalan girl

WASHINGTON — The United States Tuesday refused to return to Guatemala a girl illegally adopted by a US couple in 2006 because at the time the South American nation had not yet signed onto an international treaty. “We can’t accept cases under the Hague Convention on abduction if the treaty…

Tips for fighting zombie attacks: Canada says be prepared

MONTREAL — If you’re in Canada this summer, and you don’t want to die, then listen up. If you’re ready for a zombie attack, then you’re ready for just about anything. That’s the message British Columbia is sending its citizens and tourists in a website it launched this week, which…

News Corp takes stake in private China film group

NEW YORK — US media giant News Corp. has taken a 19.9 percent stake in Bona Film Group, which calls itself the largest privately owned film distributor in China, the firms said. A joint statement dated Monday said Rupert Murdoch’s conglomerate had bought the equity stake directly from company founder…

Presidential culture is more powerful than presidential promises

“There is no significant difference between Republicans and Democrats, so the choice is meaningless.” This claim is trumpeted about by many political lefties, and by those crypto-righties, Libertarians. Sometimes the difference between the GOP and Dems is quite stark – recently Republicans in the House voted to take money from…

Pentagon restricts flights of F-22 jets over safety worries

WASHINGTON — US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has ordered the Air Force to restrict flights of its most advanced fighter jet, the F-22, after some pilots complained of dizzy spells and blackouts, officials said Tuesday. Since 2008, officials say at least a dozen F-22 pilots have reported suffering a lack…

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