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Dinesh D’Souza tells Bill Maher: Obama has sublimated ‘Charles Bronson’ rage

On the circuit pimping his new documentary The Roots of Obama’s Rage –because, as we all know, African-Americans are full of rage– conservative commentator and wingnut welfare recipient Dinesh D’Souza appeared as the leading guest on this week’s episode of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. During the interview, Maher…

Venezuela investigating apparent massacre of Yanomami by illegal Brazilian miners

CARACAS — Venezuela has sent a team of investigators to the nation’s south to look into the apparent massacre in July of as many as 80 Yanomami Indians by illegal Brazilian miners. Forensics teams, officials and security forces were “visiting nine Yanomami communities” along the border with Brazil in Amazonas…

Facebook to eradicate ‘suspicious Likes’ from people who don’t really care

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook ramped up efforts Friday to get rid of “Likes” that aren’t from people genuinely interested in giving a virtual thumbs up to pages at the world’s leading social network. “We have recently increased our automated efforts to remove Likes on pages that may have been gained…

‘Hypocritical’ Romney tells hurricane victims to get help from FEMA

By Mira Oberman LAFITTE, Louisiana — One day after he was named official flag-bearer of the Republican revolution, Mitt Romney confronted the limits of his small government rhetoric Friday in the storm-ravaged Louisiana Bayou. As Hurricane Isaac petered out and headed off northwards, Romney jetted in from his nomination convention…

Police admit to infiltrating Occupy Austin, may have acted as provocateurs

When the local offshoot of Occupy Wall Street began a five-month encampment in Austin, Texas last fall, the Austin police assigned at least three undercover officers to infiltrate the group and gather information on potentially illegal actions. According to the Austin Statesman, court documents and interviews show that the infiltrators…

Self-styled ‘hillbilly’ is ‘pissed at Uncle Sam’ for taking 29% of his $225 million lottery jackpot

A US railroad engineer and self-described “hillbilly” is less than impressed that the tax man is getting a big chunk of the $337 million he won in the latest Powerball lottery. Donald Lawson, 44, of Lapeer, Michigan, who retains the accent of his native Arkansas, came forward on Friday as…

Romney misspeaks, calls the United States a ‘company’

Although Mitt Romney’s determination to campaign for president on his record as a businessman has led both his supporters and his detractors to suggest that if elected, he would attempt to run the country like a business, Romney’s own understanding of the presidential role has never been entirely clear, He…

Princess Diana recalled fondly on 15th anniversal of her death

LONDON — Dozens of bouquets of flowers, posters and cards were left at the gates of Kensington Palace on Friday as Princess Diana was remembered on the 15th anniversary of her death. Tourists, well-wishers and passers-by took photos and read the tributes at the royal residence in the British capital,…

Stocks rise on Bernanke endorsement of renewed stimulus

NEW YORK — Ben Bernanke’s much-awaited endorsement of more Federal Reserve stimulus Friday gave stocks a solid boost, though tempered by his picture of an economy that remains weak and vulnerable. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 90.13 points (0.69 percent), closing at 13,090.84. The broad-based S&P 500 rose 7.10…

Eastwood’s fellow Hollywood stars pan his RNC performance

By Leila Macor LOS ANGELES — Clint Eastwood’s bizarre cameo at the Republican National Convention drew some scathing reviews Friday from his movie industry colleagues in traditionally Democrat-leaning Hollywood. The Oscar-winning actor-director’s own agent declined to comment on the rambling performance — in which the 82-year-old “Dirty Harry” star chatted…

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