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Ron Paul touts military support in $1 million ad push

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Thursday launched a new television advertisement highlighting his prior military service and support from veterans. The Texas congressman is an vocal supporter of non-interventionist foreign policy and shutting down military bases overseas, in sharp contrast to other Republican presidential candidates. In addition, Paul has…

Human skin embedded with spider silk can stop a bullet

Dutch artist Jalila Essaïdi and cell biologist Abdoelwaheb El Ghalbzouri have blended spider silk with human skin to produce material that is three times stronger than kevlar. Watch video, courtesy of Reuters, below:…

Gary Johnson condemns booing of gay soldier at GOP debate

Former New Mexico governor and Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson on Friday condemned audience members who booed a homosexual U.S. soldier during the Fox News GOP presidential debate. “If I have one regret from last evening, it’s that I didn’t stand up and say, you know, you’re booing a U.S.…

Marijuana question sky-rockets to top of new White House petition site

A petition to legalize and regulate marijuana quickly jumped to the top of a the White House’s online petition site on Thursday, the first same day it was launched. The petition, on the White House’s “We the People” site, asks: “Isn’t it time to legalize and regulate marijuana in a…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest enters sixth day

The “Occupy Wall Street” protest that started on Saturday has lasted six days. The protesters are camped out in New York’s old Liberty Plaza, one block from the Federal Reserve. They’re holding camp in an effort to inspire others to join them, borrowing their tactics from Egyptians who camped in…

Ralph Nader: Palin should be commended

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader said Thursday on CNN that Sarah Palin should be commended for recent speeches in which she was critical of corporations’ influence on the government. “Judging by her comments, she is squarely in the camp of conservative populism, opposed to corporatism and its corporate state,” Nader previously…

Professor sues Pittsburgh for using sonic device at G-20 protest

A bystander who suffered permanent hearing loss after Pittsburgh police deployed a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) against protestors during the 2009 G-20 Summit has filed a federal lawsuit against the city. The device emits pain-inducing sounds to disperse crowds and is also deployed on American warships. Karen Piper, then…

Rep. Speier delivers eighth House speech on rape in the military

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) called on Congress to address the pervasive problem of sexual harassment and rape in the U.S. military for the eighth time on the House floor Thursday morning. “It is a black eye on this country that must be erased,” she said. “Nineteen thousand rapes a year…

Nearly 1 in 4 young children now live in poverty in U.S.

The number of children living in poverty in the United States increased by 2.6 million since the recession began in 2007, bringing the total to an estimated 15.7 million poor children in 2010, according to researchers from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. The researchers estimate that…

Troy Davis executed at Georgia prison after Supreme Court rejects appeal

Troy Anthony Davis, who was controversially convicted of the killing of an off-duty police officer, was executed by lethal injection at a state prison in Georgia at 11:08pm ET after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his appeal. “The U.S. justice system was shaken to its core as Georgia executed a…

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