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Principal allegedly assaulted student for wearing Gay-Straight Alliance shirt

A 17-year-old senior at Sequoyah High School, Chris Sigler, claimed his principal shoved and verbally harassed him last week for wearing a t-shirt in support of establishing a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club. A teacher had told Sigler he could not wear his homemade shirt, which said “GSA: We’ve Got Your…

Rumsfeld feuds with Al Jazeera reporter: It’s your nature to be pejorative

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld had a less than cordial interview with Al Jazeera reporter Abderrahim Foukara this week. “Do you think the numbers of US troops that you went into Iraq with did absolve you from the responsibility of tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis killed…

Michele Bachmann appears in Bad Lip Reading video

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is the latest political figure to be poorly dubbed by the aptly-named Bad Lip Reading crew. Watch video, uploaded to YouTube on Monday, below: Bad Lip Reading also has video of Texas Gov. Rick Perry telling folks to get “these goats for our computer industry.”…

Ari Berman: Koch brothers undermining democracy

Ari Berman, author and contributing writer for The Nation magazine, told Amy Goodman of Democracy Now on Tuesday that the influential Koch brothers were pushing voting laws to help the Republican Party win more elections. “The Koch brothers, as you know, their money is all over the place here,” he…

Federal agency blocks FDA-approved marijuana research for veterans

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has blocked a pilot study to examine the benefits of marijuana for veterans with treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study was sponsored by the nonprofit research organization the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), and would have been conducted by…

GOP Rep. Frank Wolf: Grover Norquist profits from ‘unsavory people’

Republican Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia on the House floor Tuesday attacked Grover Norquist and his anti-tax pledge, which has been signed by nearly every Republican in the House and Senate. “My conscience has compelled me to come to the floor today to voice concerns I have with the influence…

Mitt Romney: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest is dangerous

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney — who has raised $2.3 million from the financial sector — is no fan of the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration in lower Manhattan. “I think it’s dangerous, this class warfare,” he said at a retirement community in Florida. As corporations enjoy near record profits and…

Rep. Jackie Speier: U.S. military punishes rape victims

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) for the ninth time on Tuesday called on Congress to address the pervasive problem of sexual harassment and rape in the U.S. military. To call attention to the problem, she has been telling the stories of woman who were sexually harassed and assaulted while serving in…

Ben Bernanke on ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest: I can’t blame them

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and others questioned Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday about the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” protest in lower Manhattan. “Chairman, as you know, there are people demonstrating against Wall Street in New York City and other cities around the country, and I think the perception…

Employers less likely to interview openly gay men: study

Openly gay applicants are 40 percent less likely to be granted an interview than their heterosexual counterparts, according to a study published Tuesday in the American Journal of Sociology. The study was the first large-scale investigation to test the receptiveness of employers to gay male job applicants. Similar studies have…

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