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Central Athens burns as Greek parliament debates austerity

Fires raged in central Athens on Sunday as protesters against the latest Greek austerity deal battled police. According to Reuters, “The air over Syntagma Square outside parliament was thick with tear gas as riot police fought running battles with youths who smashed marble balustrades and hurled stones and petrol bombs.”…

Lieberman: Time for U.S. to arm ‘brave’ Syrian rebels

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) said Sunday that the United States should provide medical aid, training and arms to those seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad. “The reality on the ground is since the U.N. resolution was vetoed by Russian and Iran [sic], the Assad government has begun to kill its…

Singer Tony Bennett calls for legalizing drugs

In a speech reacting to the death of Whitney Houston, legendary singer Tony Bennett urged the U.S. government to legalize drugs once and for all. Bennett’s comments came at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party where Houston was found dead a few hours before. “First it was Michael Jackson, then it…

WH budget director: ‘Time for austerity is not today’

In one of his several appearances on the Sunday talk show circuit, White House budget director Jack Lew expressed how issuing austerity measures would not be a good idea for the U.S. economy. Lew was asked by Meet The Press host David Gregory if massive government cuts similar to those…

Bin Laden told children to ‘live in peace in the West’

Slain Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden urged his children to go live peacefully in the West and get a university education, his brother-in-law said in an interview published Sunday. Zakaria al-Sadah, the brother of bin Laden’s Yemeni fifth wife Amal, told Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper that the Saudi-born extremist believed…

Israeli police and Palestinians clash in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — Israeli police used tear gas and rubber bullets against stone-throwing Palestinians in the Issawiya district of annexed east Jerusalem on Sunday, police and an AFP journalist said. “Five Palestinians were arrested after attacking a police and border guard patrol with stones,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. An AFP…

McConnell: Any employer should be able to deny birth control

In the wake of a controversy over a requirement that religious institutions provide contraceptive coverage, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) now supports a bill that gives any employer the right to exclude any type health service that they find objectionable. Speaking to CBS host Bob Schieffer on Sunday, McConnell…

Santorum: ‘I would overturn’ any Supreme Court ruling same-sex marriage legal

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Sunday morning he would try to overturn any Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage if he became president. Santorum was asked by Meet The Press host David Gregory about the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals finding Proposition 8 unconstitutional and whether he…

Black college sophomore threatened with racist graffiti

An African American student at Montclair State University in New Jersey has decided to move back into her parents home after someone scrawled racist graffiti on her door last week, according to NBC New York. After a “Day of Unity” at the school, using a black pen someone wrote, “Niggers…

Salvage workers begin pumping fuel from Italian shipwreck

ROME — Salvage workers Sunday began pumping fuel from the shipwrecked Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia, a day ahead of schedule, officials said. Operations began at around 5:00 pm (1600 GMT) on the wreck off the Tuscan island of Giglio to remove fuel from seven of the massive ship’s tanks,…

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