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GOP rep.: Slashing food stamps by $40 billion means ‘more money’ for the hungry

Rep. Andy Harris (R-MA) on Thursday asserted that cutting $40 billion from the food stamp program over the next 10 years would actually provide “more money” to hungry Americans. A bill introduced by House Republicans this month almost doubled the cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) proposed earlier…

Watch the anti-Obamacare videos that have the Internet creeped out

Creepy Uncle Sam wants you … to opt out of Obamacare. In a pair of new ads funded by Generation Opportunity, a person in a maniacally grinning Uncle Sam mask readies patients for gynecological or prostate exams as the on-screen text warns viewers not to “let government play doctor.” Congressional…

Cost of solar power in U.S. 60 percent lower than in early 2011

The US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research recently released their latest quarterly report regarding the US solar energy market. There are a ton of interesting facts from the report, such…  …

Empathy for military robots could affect outcomes on the battlefield: study

That’s the conclusion of Julie Carpenter, a Ph.D. in education at the University of Washington. Carpenter interviewed 23 explosive ordnance disposal personnel who regularly used robots on the…  …

CEO Tim Cook says Apple won’t go down ‘junk’ electronics road

Apple has no intention of competing in the “junk” segment of the electronics market, chief executive Tim Cook says. In an interview published Thursday as Apple prepared to launch sales of two new iPhones, Cook said he remains unfazed by Apple’s eroding share of the smartphone market. “There’s always a…

Pair dead following apparent road-rage shootout at Michigan car wash

Two central Michigan men are dead in what police are describing as a road-rage shootout. Police said 43-year-old James Pullum and 56-year-old Robert Taylor died Wednesday evening after shooting at one another in the parking lot of a car wash in Ionia, Mich., according to The Grand Rapids Press. Officers…

Armed Russian officers ‘storm’ Greenpeace ship in the Arctic to protest oil exploration

Armed Russian officers stormed Thursday a Greenpeace vessel that is in the Arctic to protest oil exploration by Russian gas giant Gazprom, the environmental group said. “People armed with machine guns have descended on to the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise from a helicopter via ropes,” Greenpeace said in a statement.…

Maddow mocks GOP’s rightward drift and wonders what year they think it is

Wednesday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow took a hard look at Republicans who are being driven further and further to the right as they alienate moderate conservatives and dip in the polls. State politicians like Virginia’s Attorney General and gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli (R) and former…

Pope Francis: It is unnecessary to talk about abortion and gay marriage all the time

In an interview with the Jesuit publication La Civiltà Cattolica, Pope Francis spoke at length about same-sex attraction and other social issues, such as abortion and contraception. “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods,” he told La Civiltà Cattolica. “This…

America’s ‘official’ federal poverty measurement is pointless and unproductive

Census data released this week show that after yet another year of anemic “recovery,” the number of Americans living in poverty last year remained stubbornly unchanged. But what is “poverty” as measured by the federal government? Experts argue…  …

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