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American extremist in Somalia battles ex-comrades: “‘I’m on a mission from God,’ minus the blues music”

An American extremist in Somalia is fighting former comrades in the Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgent group, in what he says may be his final stand, he writes. Alabama-born Omar Hamami — better known as Al-Amriki or “the American” — once fought alongside the hardline Shebab in Somalia, but last year…

King Willem-Alexander takes Dutch throne

Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander became Europe’s youngest monarch on Tuesday after his mother, Queen Beatrix, abdicated and his country hailed the avowedly 21st-century king with a massive, orange-hued party. “I Queen Beatrix… abdicate in favour of my son Willem-Alexander,” the act said, as read out before the signing that was…

Britain to end direct aid to South Africa in 2015

Britain announced Tuesday that it will cut off direct aid to South Africa in 2015, citing its status as Africa’s biggest economy. London currently gives £19 million of bilateral aid a year to Pretoria, down from a peak of more than £40 million in 2003. Britain said its relationship with…

Jon Stewart: Congress doesn’t care about meals-on-wheels unless it is rolling down an aisle

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart took Congress to task on Monday night for funding air traffic controllers because they were personally affected by flight delays. “We all know that if you look up Congress in the dictionary it says, ‘Do-nothing fucktards who couldn’t solve a problem if it was…

Fox News host: Denouncing violence against Muslims ‘could be perceived’ as offensive

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s denunciation of violence against Muslims during a speech to the Anti-Defamation League could be seen as offensive, according to Fox News host Megyn Kelly. Though the vast majority of his speech focused on the ADL’s importance in fighting hate crimes, some conservatives have become outraged…

Chris Christie’s praise of Obama unlikely to hurt his 2016 prospects

New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s favorite question these days is whether he regrets working closely with the president on Hurricane Sandy relief. “No,” he gets to say, before explaining that the work of governing is more important than politics. Then a campaign aide cuts the clip and drags it to…

Dorner manifesto inspires fired LAPD officers to seek reviews of their cases

More than three dozen fired Los Angeles police department officers are seeking reviews of their cases after another former officer, Christopher Dorner, took revenge on the LAPD’s disciplinary process by going on a murderous rampage. Forty former officers have filed review requests since Dorner killed four people in February and…

Obama calls Jason Collins to praise his bravery in coming out

US President Barack Obama called NBA player Jason Collins on Monday to praise his courage after he became the first star in big-time American professional team sports to come out as gay. Collins, currently a free agent who has played for six teams over 12 seasons, made the announcement in…

Tennessee Republican attacks ‘disgusting’ Humane Society over ‘tape and rape’

Tennessee state Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) described the Humane Society as radicals and accused them of promoting rape-like tactics against farmers, according to emails released Friday. Kayci McLeod of the Human Society had written to Holt earlier this month to ask him to oppose legislation that would criminalize activists who…

Fox News host Geraldo Rivera: GOP crippled by right wing radio hosts

Fox News host Geraldo Rivera on Monday criticized the power that conservative radio show hosts wielded over the Republican Party. On HuffPost Live, Rivera described those who listened to conservative hosts like Rush Limbaugh as “absolutists” who were fond of the 1950s. He said Republicans could never hope to regain…

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