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Federal judge rules FBI didn’t need warrant to plant GPS tracking device

The FBI did not need to obtain a warrant before secretly planting a GPS tracking device underneath the car of a St. Louis City Treasurer’s Office employee accused of stealing public money, a federal judge has ruled. Fred Robinson was indicated in September on one count of wire fraud and…

Scientists apply quantum levitation to toy race track

In a video published in the midst of the Christmas season, virtually guaranteeing we didn’t see it right away, scientists with the Japan Institute of Science and Technology created a toy race track with a unique feature: cars that float. Inspired by the futuristic hover-craft racing games in Sony’s WipEout…

Dash cam video appears to show officer planting evidence

An officer in Utica, New York is being accused of planting evidence — and he was busted by the dash cam in his own police cruiser. The Utica Phoenix recently obtained dash cam video of a February 11, 2011 traffic stop, where officers Palladino and Padulla search an African-American couple.…

MSNBC contributor: ‘Rick Santorum is a homophobe and a bigot’

A regular MSNBC contributor says people should stop beating around the bush and just call Rick Santorum what he is. In a discussion on Tuesday about who would win the Iowa caucuses, United Republic senior strategist Jimmy Williams lashed out at the Republican presidential candidate for being “a homophobe and…

What To Expect In Iowa Tonight

First, I (@pandagon) and Amanda (@amandamarcotte) will be offering up commentary on the Iowa Caucuses on Twitter tonight. Follow us for fun and hilarity and idle ruminations on how awesome it would be if a giggly-drunk Rick Perry showed up at Romney’s victory party and offered to weed his garden,…

Bachmann tells CNN’s O’Brien her ‘gotcha questions are bizarre’

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien probably won’t go down as Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) favorite interviewer anytime soon. The fading GOP presidential candidate was not impressed by O’Brien wanting to discuss her positions on social issues Tuesday morning, labeling them “gotcha questions.” “You said, at the Educators Conference in 2004, ‘Gays live…

New Hampshire Republicans again challenge Obama’s citizenship

The made-up scandal that just won’t quit is back, with a vengeance. A group of Republican lawmakers in New Hampshire asked the state’s attorney general on Tuesday to launch an investigation into President Barack Obama’s citizenship, The Associated Press reported. The effort was being staged in hopes that they may…

Satan cloaks himself in truth

Irin Carmon at Salon* has an interview up with Merle Hoffman, abortion service pioneer and author of a new and quite interesting memoir Intimate Wars: The Life and Times of the Woman Who Brought Abortion from the Back Alley to the Board Room. This is the sort of article that…

Perry calls Romney ‘the magnet’ for undocumented immigrants

During an interview with Fox News on Tuesday morning, Texas Governor Rick Perry accused presidential rival Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, of being a “magnet” for undocumented immigrants. “I think I went after Romney rather stringently when we were in the debates,” Perry explained, giving reason why he’s been…

Santorum blames own racial remarks on ‘someone trying to cause trouble’

Rick Santorum felt Monday evening there’s too much being drawn from his recent controversial comments on African-Americans, so he blamed his words on someone else. The GOP presidential candidate was asked by Fox News’ Sean Hannity to explain his eyebrow raising statement on Monday, when Santorum said, “I don’t want…

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