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Web founder Berners-Lee: Governments are suppressing online freedom

The inventor of the World Wide Web warned Friday that government control is limiting the possibilities of the Internet, as dozens of countries and businesses signed a cybersecurity deal at the Davos forum. The comments by Tim Berners-Lee at the World Economic Forum plugged into a wider debate among the…

Foreign visitors flock back to post-disaster Japan

The number of foreign visitors to Japan in 2012 surged 34.6 percent from the previous year as the tourism sector rebounded after the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster, the government said Friday. Overseas arrivals totaled more than 8.3 million, just short of the record 8.6 million seen in 2010, the…

CNN’s O’Brien tricks opponent of women in combat into endorsing racial segregation

Friday morning on CNN’s “Starting Point,” anchor Soledad O’Brien hosted a panel to discuss Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s decision to lift the ban on women on women in combat. One guest, who was arguing vociferously against equality for military women, got a surprise when O’Brien got him to agree…

Cory Booker rescues dog from the cold following Twitter appeals

Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker also briefly played animal control officer Thursday night, helping a neighborhood dog escape the harsh winter after being alerted to the situation via Twitter. Booker came to the dog’s rescue after WABC-TV reporter Toni Yates contacted him on the messaging service. Yates said she…

Watch live: Dolphin stuck in canal in Brooklyn

Reports surfaced Friday afternoon that a dolphin was stranded in the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, New York at Union Street and Nevins Street. Red Hook Lobster tweeted just after 1 p.m., “I just saw a dolphin in the Gowanus canal near Union Street. Poor dolphin.” NBC New York reports that…

CNN host calls out S.C. sheriff on refusal to enforce weapons ban

A South Carolina sheriff who publicly declared he won’t enforce any new gun safety laws he deems unconstitutional accused Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Friday of introducing a “scary” new proposal designed to undermine the Second Amendment. “I believe that there is a goal to ultimately take as many firearms…

Republican judges parse definition of ‘the’ to strike down Obama labor nominees

A Washington D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling issued Friday declared that President Barack Obama’s 2011 recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were unconstitutional because the Congress was taking “a recess,” not “the Recess,” a parsing the judges claim “makes all the difference.” The three-judge panel, made up…

Christian radio hosts: Feminists are ‘selfish, narcissistic, family-destroying whores’

Conservative Christian radio hosts Kevin Swanson and Dave Buehner explained on a Tuesday segment of their “Generations with a Vision” show that there are “two kinds of feminism,” the “Sarah Palin kind of feminism that wants to have a husband” kind and the “selfish, narcissistic, family-destroying whores” kind. “Now remember,…

Georgia Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss to announce retirement

Georgia’s Gov. Nathan Deal (R) has announced that he was received notice that Sen. Saxby Chambliss will be retiring at the end of his second term. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution‘s Political Insider blog, Deal asked Chambliss to finish his current term before retiring. “I told him to make…

Senators’ secret plan to give Amgen half a billion in fiscal cliff deal reveals Capitol Hill’s ‘sordid swamp’

The inauguration of a president is one of those spectacles of democracy that can make us remember we’re part of something big and enduring. So for a few hours this past Monday the pomp and circumstance inspired us to think that government of, by, and for the people really is…

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