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Chris Hayes and panel discuss pope and role of Catholic Church in people’s lives

On UP with Chris Hayes on Sunday, the host used the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI as jumping off point to discuss religion in contemporary society. Hayes mentioned that Bill Donahue, president of the Catholic League, claims that “we are likely to witness an explosion in voyeurism, as well as…

Country singer Mindy McCready reported dead at 37

Troubled country singer Mindy McCready reportedly died, allegedly of a suicide, on Sunday. Stacy McCloud, a reporter for FOX 17 in Nashville, Tenn. tweeted about the death initially, writing on Twitter, “A close family friend of Mindy McCready has informed me that the country singer has committed suicide.” Soon after,…

Video: Thousands protest Keystone XL pipeline in D.C.

Thousands of demonstrators protested the proposed Keystone XL at the National Mall on Sunday. “Hey hey, ho ho, Keystone pipeline’s got to go!” protestors chanted at one point. “I’m ashamed of what my country is doing. I’m ashamed we’re knocking on your door with dirty oil. I want to stand…

Chicago teenager shot and killed after sister sat on stage behind Obama during speech on guns

Sister of 18-year-old Janay McFarlane sat behind the president during speech about gun control hours before sibling died A Chicago teenager was shot and killed just hours after her sister sat on a stage behind Barack Obama, listening to the president appeal for tighter gun controls. Janay McFarlane, 18, died…

Silicon Valley’s desire for more talent tied to immigrant hopes

Silicon Valley’s long crusade to break open doors to America for foreigners with key technology skills hinges on a political battle in Washington over broader immigration reform. For more than a decade, the tech sector has been struggling to get more visas and green cards for immigrants with engineering, math…

Bourbon producer Maker’s Mark backtracks on reducing alcohol content

Maker’s Mark, the bourbon producer that announced its decision to reduce the alcohol content to meet increased demand few days ago, has bent to consumer anger and said that it will not alter its 90 proof formula after the announcement sparked controversy, reported Forbes. A company statement reads that “effective…

Israel handling of hunger strikers ‘ethical failure’ : NGO

Israel’s treatment of four hunger-striking Palestinians is an “ethical failure” an Israeli NGO said on Sunday, adding that their rights were being violated. A statement from Tel Aviv-based Physicians for Human Rights said that the fasting prisoners were denied visits from independent doctors and manacled during hospital checkups. “Physicians views…

Harris-Perry: Will black community fight drug war if they believe ‘what is wrong with us is us’?

On MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry on Sunday, the host and her panel discussed President Obama’s Friday speech, “specifically the moment when he said, ‘We should do more to promote marriage and encourage fatherhood,’” Harris-Perry said. Anthea Butler, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Graduate Chair in the Department of Religious Studies…

Group of Congress members warns Iraq after attack on Iranian refugees

A team of US Congressmen met with the Iranian dissident group MEK in Paris on Sunday and threatened to declare Iraq’s prime minister a sponsor of terrorism after a deadly attack on an Iranian exile camp there. The bi-partisan team, led by Dana Rohrabacher — the chair of the sub-committee…

Dissident blogger allowed to leave Cuba on tour

Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez, who has been denied permission to travel abroad for many years, was allowed on Sunday to embark on a three-month trip to Latin America and Europe. “My trip will begin in Brazil and could take me to as many as 12 countries,” Sanchez told AFP.…

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