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Study casts doubts on benefits of robotic surgery

A report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association raises doubts as to whether robotic surgery provides any greater benefits to patients than conventional laparoscopic surgery. According to the Wall Street Journal, use of robotic surgery for hysterectomies has skyrocketed in recent years, and while the procedures cost…

How Breitbart.com turned ‘Friends of Hamas’ joke into a right-wing firestorm

Dan Friedman of the New York Daily News admitted to being the unwitting source of a false rumor — promoted first by Breitbart.com editor Ben Shapiro — that Defense Secretary nominee Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) had been paid to give a speech to the organization “Friends of Hamas.” In a…

Maddow: Regular Americans routinely ask tougher questions than whiny Beltway media

On Tuesday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow examined the gap between what average Americans are concerned about and what the Beltway press corps is concerned about, and how these concerns are reflected in the kinds of questions they ask when given access to politicians. Parents…

‘Extremely Large Telescope’ will be able to find oxygen on other planets

New telescopes will be able to see whether the atmospheres of other, extremely distant planets contain oxygen. According to New Scientist magazine, the European Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), slated for completion on Cerro Armazones, a Chilean mountaintop within the next decade, will be able to divine whether the gases necessary to support life…

Supreme Court case could eliminate the few campaign spending limits Citizens United left behind

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a case that could affect the historic Citizens United verdict. According to the Political Wire blog, the Republican National Committee and one wealthy Alabama donor will argue before the court that, while donors are limited to giving no more than $2,500 directly…

Texas lesbian couple finds motorcycle covered in urine and feces in hate crime

On Saturday night, partners Claudia Friedman and Christy Stewart came home to their Houston apartment complex to find Stewart’s motorcycle smeared with animal feces and urine. According to the Dallas Voice, the vandal wrote, “Fuck you move your dike (sic) bike now” in paint on the concrete around the bike.…

Maddow: Many in Congress never read Iraq intel briefs before authorizing war

On Monday night, Rachel Maddow presented “Hubris: Selling the Iraq War,” a documentary about the run-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, one of the biggest military blunders in U.S. history. In one segment, she reported that members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, who were charged with determining whether…

Mother of slain inaugural performer demands action from Congress

The mother of Hadiya Pendelton, a 15-year-old girl who was shot to death one week after performing at President Barack Obama’s inauguration has made a PSA demanding action on gun safety from Congress. Cleopatra Cowley-Pendelton joined forces with the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns to produce the 30-second ad spot.…

NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg: No more automatic jail time for pot possession

New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced in a speech on Thursday that he is eliminating mandatory jail time for people arrested with small amounts of marijuana. Arrests for marijuana possession have skyrocketed since he took office and the mayor has made it plain that he does not support marijuana…

Tim Tebow to speak at anti-LGBT, anti-semitic Dallas church

NFL player and former University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is set to appear as a featured speaker at First Baptist Church of Dallas, home to anti-LGBT, antisemitic Pastor Robert Jeffress, who once called President Barack Obama a servant of “the Antichrist.” According to the Daily Mail, Tebow is slated…

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