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Cuba to punish musicians producing ‘vulgar’ songs

Musicians that perform songs deemed vulgar or that “violate ethical standards” will now be punished in Cuba, the state-run Institute of Music said Friday. In communist Cuba, most everything — especially the airwaves — belongs to the government. Aside from hotels that cater to foreigners, there is no MTV, VH1…

Senate approves increased sanctions against Iran

The US Senate unanimously approved new economic sanctions Friday aimed at further crippling Iran’s energy, shipping and port sectors, a year after Congress passed tough restrictions against Tehran. The amendment, tacked on to a sweeping defense spending bill being debated by the chamber, passed 94-0, and should sail through the…

Israel to build 3,000 settlements after Palestinian U.N. recognition

Israel is to build 3,000 new settler homes in east Jerusalem and the West Bank after the Palestinians won recognition as a non-member state at the United Nations, an Israeli official told AFP on Friday. Asked if he could confirm a report that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had decided…

Texas gun store owner: Record sales because of Obama win and Mayan ‘doomsday’

A Texas gun store owner says that gun sales were a “madhouse” on Black Friday because President Barack Obama was re-elected and people are stocking up in advance of the Mayan-predicted “doomsday.” FBI records released earlier this week indicated that the bureau fielded 154,873 calls for background checks last Friday,…

Bryan Fischer: ‘Enormously insensitive’ to hurt God’s feelings by not using oil

Bryan Fischer, the director of issues analysis of the conservative fundamentalist American Family Association, on Thursday told a so-called “expert” who denies climate change that not using God’s fossil fuels would be like “crushing” someone’s feelings by rejecting their birthday present. The Cornwall Alliance’s Calvin Beisner, who has previously said…

FRC’s Perkins calls ‘ex-gay’ therapy a ‘non-judgmental’ path to ‘wholeness’

In a conversation Friday on his Internet-only radio show, “Washington Watch Weekly,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said that the largely-discredited practice of anti-LGBT  conversion therapy is a “compassionate,” “non-judgmental” way for LGBT people to find “wholeness.” According to Right Wing Watch, Perkins was speaking with “con man and ex-gay group…

Senate strips ‘indefinite detention’ for Americans from 2012 NDAA

The U.S. Senate approved an amendment on Thursday that strips a controversial provision from the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that allows the “indefinite detention” of American citizens within the U.S. by the military. The amendment passed by a vote of 67 to 29. All but four of the Senators…

Santelli has hissy fit because pro-Obama CEO issues early dividends to avoid tax hikes

CNBC on-air editor Rick Santelli, who is credited with helping to launch the tea party movement, flew into a rage and stomped off camera on Friday because a supporter of President Obama plans to pay shareholders a dividend before taxes are scheduled to go up at the end of the…

Assange: Pentagon seeks ‘the end of national security journalism’ in the U.S.

In one of the longest interviews he’s given for months, Wikileaks creator Julian Assange told Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman on Thursday that the Pentagon and Justice Department are seeking to redefine the Espionage Act in such a way that would bring about “the end of national security journalism in the…

Gingrich finally admits he doesn’t deserve to be president

In a wide-ranging interview with NBC late night talk show host Jay Leno on Thursday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) finally admitted that he does not deserve to be president. The famously confident Republican told Leno that he was “publicly, explicitly wrong” about President Barack Obama’s reelection chances. “Why…

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