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Former Sen. Bob Graham calls for new 9/11 investigation

Former Democratic Senator Bob Graham on Monday called on the U.S. government to reopen its investigation into 9/11 after a report found that links between Saudi Arabia and the hijackers were never disclosed by the FBI to the 2002 joint Congressional intelligence committee investigating the attacks. “In the final report…

North Carolina House passes same sex marriage ban

The North Carolina House of Representatives has approved an amendment to the state constitution that would define marriage as solely between one man and one woman. The Republican-controlled House passed the proposed amendment in a 75 to 42 vote on Monday after a three-hour debate. If the state Senate also…

Chamber of Commerce radio ad targets Obama’s ‘radical pro-union agenda’

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched a radio advertisement on Monday attacking what it called the Obama administration’s “aggressive and radical pro-union agenda.” The ad will air on radio stations in Florida, Missouri, Montana, and Virginia. It takes aim at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the U.S. Department…

More than 100 people killed in Kenyan pipeline explosion

More than 100 people died in a fire Monday morning caused by a burst gasoline pipeline near the Sinai slum in the Kenyan capital city of Nairobi. The fuel exploded, wiping out entire families, after being ignited by embers from nearby garbage fires. Residents of the slum, who live in…

ACLU’s Mike German: Domestic surveillance no longer based on probable cause

American Civil Liberties Union policy counsel and former FBI agent Mike German sat down with Reason.tv to discuss the expansion of surveillance programs since 9/11, noting the government and law enforcement agencies had become obsessed with collecting data. “We’ve moved away from surveillance based on individualized suspicion, the Fourth Amendment…

North Carolina to consider banning same sex marriage with constitutional amendment

North Carolina’s General Assembly has scheduled a legislative session beginning Monday to consider an amendment to the state constitution that would define marriage as solely between one man and one woman. “This is about far more than gay marriage or LGBT people in our state,” said Anthony J. Pugliese, a…

Lawsuit accuses Chicago police of wrongly arresting and beating man

A man who was allegedly beaten by Chicago police officers has filed a federal lawsuit for excessive force, assault, battery, wrongful arrest and malicious prosecution. The Chicago Tribune reported that Ohesha Brinkley was approached by officers Juan Santiago and Zeyad Matlock while he was waiting at a bus stop and…

Republicans invoke ‘Ground Zero mosque’ in fight for Anthony Weiner’s seat

New York Republicans have sent out a flier in the days leading up to the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks accusing Democratic candidate David Weprin of supporting “a mosque at Ground Zero,” according to Politico. Weprin, a member of the New York State Assembly, is facing off against Republican…

Economist Robert Reich explains ‘big lies’ about the economy

Former U.S. Labor Secretary and University of California at Berkeley professor Robert Reich gave the keynote speech at the “Summit for a Fair Economy” held in Minneapolis on Saturday. He discussed the big lies about the economy and what could be done to make the economy work for everyone. Watch…

WATCH LIVE: Obama unveils jobs plan to Congress

President Barack Obama lays out his strategy to boost job growth in a speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress. Watch video, courtesy of MSNBC, below: (Obama is scheduled to begin speaking at 7:00 PM ET.) Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

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