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Troubling study finds rape incidents are far higher than reported by the U.S. Census Bureau

The incidence of sexual violence is likely sharply underreported in a closely-watched barometer of US crime because of the way it’s designed, an expert panel said Tuesday. The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), conducted by the US Census Bureau for the Bureau of Justice Statistics, put the number of rapes…

Senate’s defense bill would allow Guantanamo Bay to finally close

The US Senate debated a defense bill Tuesday that would ease restrictions on detainee transfers from Guantanamo, a major first step toward closing the controversial war-on-terror prison. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the provision should be the first measure debated and voted on in the defense spending bill for…

U.S. marks 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

The Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln’s undying call for a “new birth of freedom” at the bloody turning point of the US Civil War, turned 150 years old Tuesday, even as the union he fought to preserve quarrels bitterly over the role of government. Thousands of people bundled up against the…

Elizabeth Warren: Social Security is effective and popular, so let’s expand it

Add Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to the growing chorus of voices calling for the expansion of Social Security benefits. The progressive favorite implored Democrats on the Senate floor Monday not to chain Social Security benefits to the rate of inflation or the rise in prices, which is known in shorthand…

Greg Abbott links Wendy Davis to ‘Satan’ after ‘illegal immigrant’ game is cancelled

Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for Texas governor, has responded to the news that a former staffer had organized a “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” game at the University of Texas at Austin by linking his Democratic opponent, state Sen. Wendy Davis, to Satanism. Former Abbott staffer and chairman of the…

Watch: Two philosophers and a theoretical physicist debate science and morality

Can science tell us how we should behave? Philosophers Daniel Dennett and Massimo Pigliucci, along with theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss, debated that question last month during a discussion on the “Limits of Science” in Belgium. Krauss claimed ethics was impossible without science. He said empirical observation was necessary to understand…

Hawaii lawmaker ‘solves’ homeless problem by destroying their stuff with a sledgehammer

A Democratic state representative in Hawaii says he wanted to do something constructive to solve the state’s homeless situation so he has taken to the streets and is destroying people’s possessions with a sledgehammer. “I got tired of telling people I’m trying to pass laws,” state Rep. Tom Brower told…

Matt Lewis finally has an original thought and it’s a dumb one

Little noticed Matt Lewis, who writes for Tucker Carlson’s George Zimmerman Fan-Fic website, has been a conservative writer on the intertubes for years during which he has never expressed an opinion that wasn’t carefully modulated in such a way that he couldn’t land a job working for Fred Hiatt or…

Twitter pulls Shebab accounts as group boasts of Kenya attack

As gunshots and explosions rocked Nairobi’s Westgate mall, those behind the horrifying attack used Twitter to provide something of a running commentary of events. “What Kenyans are witnessing at #Westgate is retributive justice for crimes committed by their military,” Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab tweeted. The depiction of the attack at the…

Obama’s approval rating plummets amid health care debacle

President Barack Obama’s approval rating has fallen sharply because of the botched launch of his signature health care plan, says a poll out Tuesday. His overall approval rating stands at 42 percent, dropping six points in a month in the Washington Post-ABC News poll, his lowest rating yet. Opposition to…

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