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Texas Republican accused of gerrymandering his district

Republican State Representative Aaron Pena lied about his involvement with a redistricting plan that swaps his Democratic district out for a conservative seat, according to Texas Democrats. “We have a Republican member of the redistricting committee caught lying about his role in the drawing of a district so blatantly discriminatory…

Roseanne Barr appears at Occupy Wall Street protest

Actress and TV producer Roseanne Barr made a surprise appearance at the Occupy Wall Street protest, where she called for “a new capitalism.” “I’m talking about a system that rewards hard work and ambition but cares for it’s weakest child,” she said. Watch video, uploaded to YouTube on September 19,…

Occupy Wall Street organizer: Republicans are the ones waging class warfare

David Graeberm, one of the organizers of the “Occupy Wall Street” protest, said Monday on Democracy Now that it was Republicans, not President Barack Obama, who were engaged in class warfare. “Well, generally speaking, when you hear a Republican talk about class warfare, you know they’re waging it,” he said.…

House Democrats introduce bill to eliminate the debt ceiling

Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Jim Moran (D-VA) have introduced legislation to completely eliminate the federal debt ceiling, but the bill has little chance of survival with Republicans in control of the House. “The debt ceiling is truly arbitrary and has nothing to do with the deficit,”…

More than 1,000 ‘Day of Rage’ protesters march around Wall Street

More than 1,000 people staged a large rally over the weekend near Wall Street in New York. The protesters had planned to “occupy” Wall Street, but police blocked all the streets near the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall in Lower Manhattan. “A lot of us feel there is…

Bravo’s Zalaznick: Popular TV reflects national psyche

Lauren Zalaznick, chair of NBC Universal Entertainment & Digital Networks, appeared on a recent TED talk to discuss a study that tracked national attitudes against TV ratings over five decades. “I believe television has a conscience… I believe television directly reflects the moral, political, social and emotional need-states of our…

Philosopher A.C. Grayling: The ‘Golden Rule’ ignores diversity

British philosopher and public intellectual A.C. Grayling claimed at the Sydney Writers’ Festival that the biblical Golden Rule — one should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself — is not always a good standard for morality, because it ignores differences between people. “But you have to…

Supreme Court halts execution of Texas inmate

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday halted the execution of a black man convicted 16 years ago of a double murder in Texas after his lawyers argued his jury was unfairly tainted by racial testimony. The justices stayed the the lethal injection of 48-year-old Duane Buck pending a review of…

ACLU: Pennsylvania lawmakers wasting time with absurd English only bills

The American Civil Liberties Union blasted the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee in response to legislation that would designate English as the official language of the commonwealth. House Bill 361, the Pennsylvania Official Language Act, would make English the official language of Pennsylvania and designate it as the language of…

Ralph Nader: U.S. is a two party dictatorship

Ralph Nader appeared Thursday on Fox News to discuss a democratic primary he was organizing against President Barack Obama to “hold his feet to the fire.” “The important thing here is if he’s not challenged from the progressive-liberal wing of his party, that elected him, it’ll be a very dull…

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