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Rachel Maddow: GOP courting ‘aggrieved white vote’ with Mitt Romney’s failed claims

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said on Monday that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) took a page from the desperate section of his party’s 2012 playbook by making an accusation that was thoroughly debunked during Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. “They’re going back to the bad old days of national campaigning against…

U.S. accuses Russia of violating 1987 arms treaty by testing cruise missile

Washington (AFP) – The United States has found that Russia violated a 1987 arms control treaty by testing a ground-launched cruise missile, a senior US official said late Monday, calling the matter “very serious.” The finding comes in a 2014 report that concluded Russia was in violation of the Intermediate-Range…

Pregnant woman accuses NYPD officer of choking her over barbeque dispute

By Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York woman who is seven months pregnant complained on Monday that she was put in a chokehold by a New York police officer after barbecuing outside her home, fueling a controversy that has raged in the city following a man’s death…

‘The most boring reality show ever’: Cenk Uygur mocks Sarah Palin’s ‘news’ channel

Young Turks host Cenk Uygur blasted former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s announcement of her own television channel on Monday, especially after seeing promotional footage of her in Alaska. “Sounds like the most boring reality show ever combined with the most empty-headed political views you’ve ever seen, disguised as ‘news,’” Uygur…

Conservationists: ‘Scaly anteaters’ face extinction after becoming Asian delicacy

Geneva (AFP) – The scaly anteater, which looks like an artichoke with legs and a tail, is being eaten out of existence as its tasty meat is served up at banquets across Asia, conservationists said Tuesday. The mysterious mammal, also known as a pangolin, is the prey of poachers with…

VT Sen. Leahy set to introduce bill placing more limits on NSA phone data collection

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A new Senate proposal to curb the government’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records and increase transparency about the program has White House backing and may get more traction with critics who have dismissed other bills as too weak. Democratic U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the…

Rocket carrying U.S. ‘neighborhood watch’ spy satellites launches from Cape Canaveral

By Irene Klotz (Reuters) – An unmanned Delta 4 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Monday with a pair of U.S. military satellites designed to keep watch on other countries’ spacecraft. The 206-foot (63-meter) tall rocket, built by United Launch Alliance, a partnership of…

‘Game of Thrones’ author denies ‘South Park’ spoof: ‘I am not obsessed with weenies’

Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin is a fan of the animated comedy South Park, he said this past Friday, but he still denied the show’s version of him. “I’ve been told that my character on South Park is obsessed about weenies,” he told Clevver News in an interview…

San Diego City Council approves raising minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2017

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – The San Diego City Council gave formal approval on Monday to an ordinance incrementally raising the minimum wage in California’s second-largest city to $11.50 an hour by January 2017, mostly for workers in the restaurant and retail sectors. The council adopted the Democratic-backed…

California drought dries up plans for historic gold rush celebration

By Shawn Hubler SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – California’s drought has claimed yet another historic casualty in this parched capital city — the annual heritage celebration known as Gold Rush Days. Staged for the past 15 years by tourism groups who turn the city’s Old Sacramento district into a dirt-paved scene…

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