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Obama’s pick for CIA director defended drone attacks

President Barack Obama will nominate his top counterterrorism advisor, John Brennan, to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Associated Press reported on Monday. Earlier this year, Brennan defended the Obama administration’s use of targeted drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan, a practice that has garnered criticism…

Geographer tells Moyers: Climate change ‘does not care’ if you’re Republican or Democrat

Bill Moyers returned to the issue of climate change on his show Friday, decrying not only politicians, but a fellow journalist for avoiding the topic at their peril. “As the clock ticks away and warnings mount, official Washington irresponsibly continues to look the other way,” Moyers said in a commentary.…

Steubenville rape protest draws hundreds as city responds to cover-up allegations

Hundreds of demonstrators converged on Steubenville, Ohio on Saturday to demand justice for the 16-year-old victim of an alleged rape in August, in a case that has garnered national attention. WTRF-TV reported that protesters at the “Occupy Steubenville” included visitors from as far away as California and New York, and…

NY man uses fake dating profile to catch phone thief

A New York man put “himself” out there in his efforts to nab the man who stole his phone, posing as a woman online after he discovered the thief had started looking for dates under his name. Nadal Nirenberg told ABC News the problem started when he left his phone…

AZ Rep. Sinema: VAWA’s expiration puts every woman at risk

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) summed up the problem with this week’s Republican-enabled expiration of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in a Saturday panel discussion with MSNBC host Melissa Harris Perry. “The fact that the 112th Congress let VAWA expire doesn’t just mean that they’re politically opposed to some of…

Oregon man arrested after posting ‘drivin’ drunk’ on Facebook

Jacob Cox-Brown’s friends didn’t like his New Year’s Day Facebook post — which said he had driven drunk — enough. In fact, they didn’t like it enough to report him to local police. According to ABC News, the 18-year-old Astoria, Oregon man’s post, “Drivin drunk… classsic ;) [sic] but to…

Indiana lawmaker pushing for schools to require daily prayer

The Indiana state senator who lost his bid for creationism to be part of public education is now proposing that schools have the option of engaging in a daily Christian prayer. According to The Indianapolis Star, state Sen. Dennis Kruse (R) has filed a bill allowing school districts to make…

Ex-NRA leader compares assault weapons ban to racial discrimination

The former president of the National Rifle Association invoked both conspiracy theories and racial discrimination to decry a potential ban on assault weapons on an NRA radio show Friday. “Banning people and things because of the way they look went out a long time ago,” Marion Hammer told host Ginny…

Right-wing group warns: Christians ‘will be treated as second-class citizens’

The arch conservative American Family Association (AFA) sent its membership an alarming statement saying Christians could face discrimination on par with the mistreatment of African Americans during the segregation era. According to Think Progress, the email from AFA founder Donald E. Wildmon said conservative Christians would “be treated as second…

Pro-choice advocates blast VA Gov. McDonnell’s new rules for abortion clinics

Virginia’s Gov. Bob McDonnell’s (R) secretive signing of new building standards for the state’s abortion clinics has been ripped by pro-choice groups, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. “After two years of shocking backroom deals and bullying public health servants, Gov. Bob McDonnell is clearly proving his disregard of Virginians’ opinions about…

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