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Rep. Allen West defends key provisions of ‘Obamacare’

Tea Party darling Rep. Allen West (R-FL), the freshman congressman and outspoken critic of the Democratic Party and the Obama administration, has spoken out in favor of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform act that is mostly known to conservatives as “Obamacare.” In an interview…

Radioactive bluefin tuna from Japan found in U.S. waters

For the first time, scientists have discovered that tuna contaminated by last year’s radiation leak from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have crossed the Pacific Ocean into U.S. waters, according to the Associated Press. Scientists have been startled to discover the radioactive fish some 6,000 miles from their place of…

Maher responds to ‘birther’ controversy with new conspiracy: ‘Wiferism’

Friday night on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher brought up the fact that the “birther” movement has, regrettably, been back in the news. Birthers, of course, are people who question President Barack Obama’s citizenship and therefore his legitimacy as President of the United States, people like…

Ex Republican congresswoman blasts current GOP and its women Reps

Former Representative Claudine Schneider (R-RI) believes that the Republican Party is heading in the wrong direction. According to Think Progress, the moderate Republican believes that today’s Republican Party has no place for centrists like herself, and that the current crop of Republican women in Congress are “not voting in the…

Judge sends honor student to jail for missing school

A Houston-area teenager has been jailed and fined for missing school by a judge who hopes to make an example of her. 17-year-old Diane Tran is working two jobs while taking advanced placement and dual credit courses at Willis High School in Willis, Texas. Some mornings, she is simply too…

Maddow: Republicans practicing ‘reverse Robin Hood’ economics

On Friday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the fact that presumed Republican nominee former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA)’s wealth is greater than that of the last eight presidents combined, and questioned how that might impact his world view and his policies. “This man who…

Federal judge declares DOMA, CA tax code unconstitutional for same sex couples

On Thursday evening U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken of the Northern District of California ruled that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and a provision of the current California tax code place unconstitutional limits on domestic partners and members of same sex couples, according to Metro Weekly‘s political…

FBI steps in as attacks on Georgia women’s clinics escalate

A series of break-ins and arson incidents have workers and patients at women’s health clinics in Atlanta on “heightened alert,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The FBI and ATF are conducting a joint investigation of what appears to be a sharp escalation in a campaign to intimidate and threaten providers…

Amazon becomes 18th company to split with ALEC

Amazon.com, the massive online retailer, has become the 18th company to leave the controversial legislative group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), according to Think Progress. In spite of pressure from right-wing websites like Michelle Malkin.com, Breitbart.com and Newsbusters, the company has joined other organizations like PepsiCo, State Farm Insurance…

Scientists say worst radiation exposures in life happen at doctor’s office

Where in life would you say that you get the highest doses of radiation? Would you say it’s from the television or cell phone? TSA scanners at the airport? If you did, you’d be wrong. According to The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, most people receive their highest levels of…

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