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Cory Booker Can’t Equate Bain Capital and Jeremiah Wright

I have a post up over at The Grio about the Cory Booker/Meet the Press shenanigans: Cory Booker’s appearance on Meet the Press sparked a firestorm on Sunday, the effects of which are still reverberating throughout the political sphere. In the interview, Booker criticized President Obama’s attacks on Mitt Romney’s…

Egyptians vote in historic presidential election

CAIRO — Egyptians take to the polls on Wednesday in a historic presidential election contested by Islamists and secularists promising radically different futures for the country. The election is the final phase of a tumultuous transition overseen by the ruling military council after a popular uprising ousted longtime president Hosni…

Gay X-Men superheroes soar into comic book battle

Marvel plans same-sex marriage while DC comics says established character is to come out Comic book crime-fighters the X-Men are taking a break from saving the day in order to attend the first same-sex marriage in the superhero world, set for June. Publishers Marvel said on Tuesday that Jean-Paul Beaubier,…

‘Natural causes’ blamed for Peru dolphin deaths

LIMA — Nearly 900 dolphins that washed up along Peru’s northern coast since the start of the year died of natural causes, a top official said Tuesday, citing a government report. Environmental groups, however, remained unconvinced and said they were certain the massive dolphin die-off was linked to offshore oil…

Alert in Chile over half a million abandoned pigs

SANTIAGO — Chile declared a health alert at a site where 500,000 pigs, abandoned by a slaughtering company, were dying in large numbers until authorities stepped in Tuesday. Health Minister Jaime Manalich visited the plant in Freirina, 800 kilometers (500 miles) north of Santiago in the parched Atacama region, and…

U.S. regulators tell lawmakers of JPMorgan probes

WASHINGTON — Two US market regulators confirmed Tuesday they were investigating JPMorgan Chase’s $2 billion-plus trading loss in derivatives. In a Senate hearing on systemic risk in the vast market for derivatives, Gary Gensler, chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, said the CFTC was pursuing a preliminary investigation…

Pictures show North Korea rocket launch upgrade

WASHINGTON — North Korea has undertaken a major upgrade of a launch pad that could pave the way for longer-range missiles, a research group said Tuesday, amid mounting concern over Pyongyang’s nuclear program. Satellite images show that North Korea has made “rapid progress” in the past year at its Musudan-ri…

Romney slams U.S. visa for Castro daughter visit

WASHINGTON — Republican Mitt Romney said he was “greatly disturbed” that President Barack Obama’s administration had granted a visitor’s visa to the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro. Mariela Castro, a sexologist who supports gay rights, was granted the visa to attend the annual conference of the Latin American Studies…

California lawmakers decry ‘shameful’ federal assault on medical marijuana

California Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher (R) and Sam Farr (D), and state Assembly member Tom Ammiano (D) and state Sen. Mark Leno (D) addressed pro-marijuana activists on Tuesday, urging them to help reform the nation’s drug laws by lobbying their lawmakers. As part of the California Unity Conference & Citizen Lobby…

The Heartland Institute reflects on its beating

It was an odd choice of icon for the ultra-conservative Heartland Institute. But there he was in round glasses, beard, and halo of curls staring out from T-shirts and coffee mugs at their gathering of climate change contrarians this week, the scientist whose internet sting set Heartland on its current…

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