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MSNBC host grills Blackburn: ‘Do you hate Obamacare more than you love your country?’

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) accused MSNBC host Thomas Roberts of making “inappropriate” comments on Tuesday after he asked if she hated President Barack Obama’s health care reform law “more than you love your country.” Following the announcement of a House Republican plan that threw a wrench in a bipartisan Senate…

Arkansas rib shack sign says Obamacare is America’s punishment for slavery

An Arkansas restaurant owner is apologizing after some people were offended by a message he posted on a sign outside his business. A passerby snapped a photo of the sign Friday night that complained that “Obamacare (was) America’s Punishment for Slavery Years” and sent it to KHBS/KHOG-TV. But Johnny Howard,…

Study finds troubling link between low birthweight and air pollution from traffic

Babies born to mothers who live in areas with air pollution and dense traffic are more likely to have a low birthweight and smaller head circumference, according to a large European study. The researchers, who included a team from the UK, found that babies were smaller even in areas with…

Despite GOP’s wishful thinking, Cory Booker is set to be the next senator from New Jersey

There seems a belief in some quarters that Republican Steve Lonegan has gained momentum against Democrat Cory Booker in the US Senate special election in New Jersey this Wednesday. Beyond the fact that a Tea Party candidate stands little chance of defeating a Democrat in a state that went for…

Plummeting morale at Fukushima nuclear plant as cleanup operation plagued by health problems

Dressed in a hazardous materials suit, full-face mask and hard hat, Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, left his audience in no doubt: “The future of Japan,” he said, “rests on your shoulders. I am counting on you.” Abe’s exhortation, delivered during a recent visit to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power…

Supreme Court to decide if states can ban affirmative action in college admissions

The US Supreme Court will hear an affirmative action case Tuesday to determine whether state referendums can ban race and sex as factors in university admissions. In 2006, the US state of Michigan voted on a measure to disallow affirmative action in college admissions. The high court will now weigh…

Flesh-eating bacteria outbreak triggers warnings along Florida coast

A flesh-eating bacteria has killed 10 people in Florida and infected another 31 this year, and health officials have issued an alert to some swimmers to stay out of the water. Vibrio vulnificus is typically contracted by consuming raw, tainted oysters, but swimmers with open wounds are advised to stay…

Apple sends invites to event amid rumors of updated iPad

Apple on Tuesday sent out invitations to a special event on October 22 in San Francisco, revealing little about what is expected to be a day devoted to iPad updates. Emailed invitations bore few details other that time and place, and bore the message “We have a lot more to…

Rangel battles CNN host: Republicans governing the ‘same way they fought as Confederates’

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) on Tuesday attempted to explain to CNN host Ashley Banfield that it was impossible to work with House Republicans in good faith as long as they wanted to “bring down our government” the “same way they fought as Confederates.” In an interview following a House Republican…

California governor vetoes bill to reduce penalty for simple drug possession

Legislation that would have changed simple drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor under California law was vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday. “This bill would allow possession of heroin or cocaine to be charged as a misdemeanor instead of a felony,” the Democratic governor wrote in his…

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