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WikiLeaks Party in crisis over lack of transparency and support for far-right politicians

Julian Assange on Thursday took responsibility for the resignation of a key candidate from his WikiLeaks Party running in Australian elections, blaming his focus on Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning. The fledgling party is in crisis after its number two candidate for the Australian Senate behind Assange, ethicist Leslie Cannold,…

Rep. James Clyburn: Right-wing blogs are ‘foolishness,’ not news

Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, the House assistant Democratic leader, on Wednesday warned that some online media outlets were spewing dangerous levels of “negativism.” “You have people’s words and phrases being misrepresented and looped through the news media, thrown out there on the Internet, and people run with it…

Former 700 Club co-host insists Iraq was involved in 9/11

Ben Kinchlow, the long time co-host of The 700 Club on the Christian Broadcasting Network, said Wednesday the invasion of Iraq was justified because of the September 11 terror attacks. During an appearance on The David Pakman Show, Kinchlow said top officials in Iraq were involved in al-Qaeda’s attacks against…

Final batch of secret Nixon tapes released

The final batch of taped conversations secretly recorded by US president Richard Nixon and then used to help bring him down during the Watergate scandal were released on Wednesday. The latest tapes, recorded between April and July 1973, add new historical insight into a period of rapprochement with the Soviet…

New Jersey’s ban on ex-gay therapy is a victory over religious nuts

As of this week, gay conversation therapy is outlawed in the state of New Jersey. Kids who are either gay or suspected of being gay cannot be forced by their parents to endure homophobic corrective therapy, which assemblyman and bill sponsor Tim Eustice correctly calls “an insidious form of child…

Black people in London twice as likely to be charged with drug possession

Black people are not just significantly more likely to be searched by police for drugs than their white peers, but face almost double the chance of being charged if any are found, according to a study of racial disparities in the way drug laws are enforced. The study showed, for…

ACLU: Secret program blacklists immigrants who are ‘perceived to be Muslim’

A covert national security programme allows the FBI and US immigration authorities the power to indefinitely delay immigration benefits to Muslims and those from Muslim countries, according to an investigation by the American Civil Liberties Union. The previously unknown programme, which began in 2008 under George W Bush to identify…

White House: Obama has no plans to reschedule marijuana

The White House said Wednesday that President Barack Obama had no intention of altering the government’s policy towards marijuana. At a daily press briefing, CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin asked Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest if the Obama administration had any plans to reschedule marijuana. The drug is…

Canada plans to use hexacopter drones in war against geese

Canada’s capital has ordered drone strikes to rid a popular Ottawa beach of pesky geese that dirty the waters with fecal matter, demonstrating on Wednesday how it works. The hexacopter — a 26-inch-wide remote-controlled hobby aircraft that was adapted by its owner for pest control — takes off every morning…

With only months to live, cancer patient sues for the right to marry her partner

A New Mexico woman who suffers from a life-threatening form of brain cancer is seeking an emergency order that would allow her to marry her long-term partner. A coalition of groups filed the emergency request with New Mexico’s Second Judicial District Court on behalf of Jen Roper, 44, and Angelique…

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