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Reid rips tea party on the Senate floor: ‘Anarchists have taken over’ Congress

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Thursday said that efforts by tea party-backed Republicans in the Senate to use an energy efficiency bill to defund Obamacare was evidence that “anarchist have taken over” Congress. In a speech on the Senate floor, Reid said that some senators had attempted to…

Republican senator on journalists who publish leaks: ‘Historically, spies have been shot’

In a contentious Senate panel hearing about what protections should be available to journalists who receive government secrets, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) said that “historically, spies have been shot for revealing information,” and that the thinking on a shield law for journalists should proceed forth from that point. The…

French navy intercepts Syrian ship carrying 20 tons of marijuana

The French navy said Thursday it had made a record cannabis seizure in the Mediterranean sea after intercepting a ship carrying 20 tonnes of cannabis worth up to 50 million euros. “To the best of our knowledge it is the biggest seizure by the French state in the Mediterranean,” vice-admiral…

New HIV outbreak leaves the porn industry divided over condoms

Derrick Burts was a newly minted porn actor in Los Angeles, using the screen names Derrick Cameron and Cameron Reid in a handful of productions, when he learned he was infected with HIV. “I was desperately shocked. You hear about it but you don’t think it will actually happen to…

NASA’s Voyager 1 becomes first spacecraft to leave our solar system

Never before has a human-built spacecraft traveled so far. NASA’s Voyager 1 probe has now left the solar system and is wandering the galaxy, US scientists said Thursday. The spacecraft was launched in 1977 on a mission to explore the outer planets of our solar system and to possibly journey…

Perkins: Boycott Betty Crocker for donating wedding cakes to ‘counterfeit marriages’

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins this week called for a boycott of the Betty Crocker brand after it baked wedding cakes and donated them to the first same sex marriages in Minnesota. “Celebrating these three families today, seemed very appropriate as Betty celebrates all families,” Betty Crocker brand manager…

U.S. fights child pornography with new iPhone app

The US Department of Homeland Security enlisted smartphone users in its fight against child pornography Thursday with an iPhone app intended to make it easy to report suspected child predators. The Operation Predator app lets informants submit information via email or a telephone tipline, and also includes a run-down of…

Switzerland probes Goldman Sachs over alleged labor law violations

Swiss labour inspectors said Thursday they were investigating the Zurich offices of US bank Goldman Sachs after staff complained about breaches of rules on working hours. The issue of bankers’ often-lengthy working hours has hit the headlines following the death of a trainee at the London offices of Bank of…

New York Times fends off criticism after publishing Putin op-ed

President Vladimir Putin won’t be getting a check from The New York Times as a “freelance journalist” but his controversial article on Syria was accepted for its newsworthy viewpoint. The newspaper’s public editor Margaret Sullivan said Thursday that the Russian leader’s editorial, submitted via a US public relations firm, created…

Georgia ‘mind-control’ public broadcasting exec hid ownership of Fox News radio affiliate

Activists in Georgia are calling on Gov. Nathan Deal (R) to fire a public broadcasting executive after it was revealed that he hid his ownership of a competing Fox News affiliate radio station and did not notify the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Atlanta Unfiltered learned this week that Georgia Works…

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