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Ron Paul slams stability of U.S. dollar and Bitcoin in pro-gold rant

In an interview with Bloomberg TV, former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) said that he is concerned about the “erraticness” of the dollar, that Bitcoin is too complicated and that gold is still the standard by which the value of our currency should be measured. Erik Schatzker and Sara Eisen,…

Tennessee lawmaker says ‘lighten up’ after posting pressure cooker bomb joke

A Tennessee lawmaker who posted a joke about the pressure cooker bombs used to murder three people last week in Boston now says that people need to “lighten up.” In a post to his personal blog on Monday, state Sen. Stacey Campfield (R) displayed a photo of an “Assault Pressure…

Rand Paul’s reversal: I don’t care if a drone kills a liquor store robber with $50 in cash

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who filibustered for 13 hours in March 2013 against the idea of using military drone technology against U.S. citizens, said he supported them being used against criminal suspects in an interview with Fox Business Channel on Monday. “I have never argued against any technology being used…

Key Republican insists ‘self-deportation is not some radical idea’

One of the Republican Party’s top minds on immigration reform told a Senate panel on Monday that he does not believe a policy of “self-deportation” is “some radical idea.” To the contrary, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) explained to the Senate Judiciary Committee that he thinks making American…

Reef fish use sign language to communicate prey locations to others

The roving coralgrouper, a predator fish of the tropical reef, uses sign language to advise fellow hunters of hiding prey, according to a study published on Tuesday. It is the first time that a fish has been known to make “referential gestures,” or specific signs that alert a partner to…

Stock market shudders after false AP report of White House bombing

A fake post on Twitter by the Associated Press resulted in a 128-point drop in the stock market on Tuesday, USA Today reported. At 1:07 p.m., the AP’s Twitter account posted a fake “breaking news update” that read, “Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.” AP…

Suspect arrested in ricin letters case released from jail

Update: New ricin letter found, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), details below Federal authorities said Tuesday that a Mississippi man accused of sending letters containing ricin to prominent officials, including President Barack Obama, has been released from jail following the cancellation of a preliminary detention hearing. Jeff…

North Carolina Senate blocks testing themselves when passing welfare drug testing bill

Republicans in the North Carolina state Senate on Monday pushed through bill that would strip public benefits like food stamps and job training for people who fail a drug test. In 35-15 vote largely along party lines, senators passed SB 594. A single Democrat voted for the bill, and no…

Mysterious water on Jupiter came from comet smash

Enigmatic traces of water in the upper atmosphere of Jupiter came from a comet that crashed into the giant planet in 1994, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Tuesday. Astronomers have been debating the water for 15 years after telltale molecules were spotted by an infrared telescope. Some argued…

Family who chose prayer over medicine loses second child

A Rhawnhurst, Pennsylvania couple on probation for the 2009 death of their toddler son from pneumonia is accused of letting a second child die of a treatable illness, opting to pray rather than take the child to a doctor. According to the Associated Press, Herbert and Catherine Schaible are fundamentalist…

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