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Rep. Nadler: ‘Gangster’ Republicans threatening U.S. with another depression

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) blasted Republicans in Congress on Thursday for using the federal debt ceiling as political leverage to demand spending cuts from Democrats. “[Obama] is betting that the Republican Party is not completely insane,” he said on MSNBC. “I hope that is a good bet. I’m not sure…

Black conservatives launch effort to scrap part of Voting Rights Act

A group of prominent black conservatives is trying to help scrap a key part of the Voting Rights Act, the landmark civil rights-era legislation that enshrined the right of black Americans to have equal treatment at the ballot box. The law was signed in 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson in…

Boy brings handgun to school in New York

A seven-year-old boy brought a gun to school in his book bag Thursday, New York police said. The find — a .22 caliber handgun — caused police to place the Wave Preparatory Elementary School in the Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens on lockdown for about an hour. The student has…

Geithner sees too much economic pessimism: report

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warned against too much pessimism about the US economy, in an interview published Thursday by the Wall Street Journal. “I think people are too dark about the economy now, in part because of the shadow of pessimism, skepticism about our political system today,” said Geithner,…

Christie: NRA is ‘reprehensible’ for targeting Obama’s daughters

At a press conference on Thursday, Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey blasted the National Rifle Association for airing a commercial about President Barack Obama’s daughters. “To talk about the president’s children or any public official’s children who have, not by their own choice, but by requirement, protection and…

Republicans gather at former plantation to discuss minority outreach

After its general election battering, the Republican party has retreated to lick its wounds and ponder what went wrong – on the leafy grounds of a luxury golf resort in Virginia. And what better place for today’s GOP to hold strategy sessions titled “Successful communication with minorities and women” than…

Sarah Silverman tells Neil deGrasse Tyson: NASA gave Mars rover a stripper name

Comedians Jim Gaffigan and Sarah Silverman along with astrobiologist David Grinspoon appeared on StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman to discuss the Curiosity Mars Rover last September. In video published Thursday on YouTube, Tyson explained that NASA’s latest Mars rover used an innovative new system to safely land…

Authoritarian regimes use Silicon Valley software to censor Internet: report

Authoritarian regimes around the world are using technology from a Silicon Valley firm for Internet surveillance, filtering and censorship, according to a report by Canadian researchers. The report this week from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab said devices from California-based security firm Blue Coat Systems were being used in…

Robert Redford: Debate on movie violence ‘overdue’

Studying the impact of movies on real-life gun violence is “overdue,” veteran director Robert Redford said Thursday, suggesting a possible link between guns and box office takings. Redford was asked about the gun debate triggered by last month’s school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, at the start of the annual Sundance…

‘Anonymous’ hacks Argentina data agency

Hacker group Anonymous blocked the official website of Argentina’s National Institute of Statistics and Census amid an international stand-off over claims the country has lied about its economy. “They lie to the people, but the people are true to their word,” the hacker collective’s Argentina branch wrote on its Twitter…

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