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Rep. Sewell: States systematically discouraging voter participation

Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL) appeared Wednesday on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss the unprecedented push to create new obstacles to voting. “There is something in the air looking to disenfranchise and make sure certain segments of the population don’t get out to vote,” she told MSNBC host Melissa…

Iowa Democrats ‘embarrassed’ by progressive group

The antics of the progressive group Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI) have gone too far, according to Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky. Thirty members of Iowa CCI confronted Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) at his town hall event on Monday, where they questioned him about supporting the Paul…

ACLU sues Baltimore police for deleting videos off cell phone

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland (ACLU) on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Baltimore City Police Department on behalf a man whose personal videos were deleted after he filmed officers subduing and arresting a woman. “Police officers doing their jobs in a public place are accountable to the…

‘Illegal’ Recall Walker political signs pop up across Wisconsin

Signs calling for the recall of Governor Scott Walker can be found in the lawns of residents across the state of Wisconsin, but political yard signs are outlawed under state law except during the election season. “Municipalities and the state law, both often purport to restrict political signs to a…

U.S. energy secretary suggests Keystone XL pipeline likely to be approved

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu suggested in an interview with energyNOW that the controversial Keystone XL oil-sands pipeline was likely to be approved by the U.S. State Department because of energy security concerns. The pipeline would transport 500,000 barrels of crude per day from America’s neighbor to the north all…

Lawrence O’Donnell: Nothing more fraudulent than Giuliani as ‘hero of 9/11′

MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell ripped former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for choosing to put the city’s Emergency Command and Control Center in the World Trade Center despite being advised by professionals in his administration not to place it in an “obvious terrorism target.” “Rudy Giuliani learned absolutely nothing…

Obama’s former email fundraising author among those arrested at White House

A senior writer for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign was arrested outside the White House on Monday after he joined a protest against a planned Canadian tar sands pipeline. Elijah Zarlin, who authored fundraising emails for Obama, was arrested along with more than 100 other protesters taking part in a…

Romney slams proposed defense cuts: Strength only guarantee of liberty

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney blasted proposed cuts to the U.S. defense budget on Tuesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in San Antonio, Texas. “American strength is the only guarantee of liberty,” he said. “American strength turned the Cuban missiles around, American strength caused the collapse of the…

New footage: Rescue team searches NYC subway after 9/11

CBS News correspondent Bob Orr has obtained never before seen footage of firefighters searching for survivors in the subway lines below the World Trade Center. The video was captured by FEMA in the days following the September 11 attacks. Watch below:…

Michigan women gets 30 days in jail for throwing pie at Sen. Levin

A federal judge in Grand Rapids sentenced an antiwar activist and her accomplice to 30 days in jail for hitting Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) in the face with a dutch apple pie in August 2010. Ahlam Mohsen, 23, and Max Kantar, 24, were sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge…

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