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Congressman Lamborn apologizes for calling Obama a ‘tar baby’

Republican Representative Doug Lamborn of Colorado apologized Monday for saying that being associated with President Barack Obama would be like touching a “tar baby.” “Even if some people say, ‘Well the Republicans should have done this or they should have done that,’ they will hold the president responsible,” he said…

TV station edits black boy to make him seem violent

Chicago CBS affiliate WBBM is under fire for editing a 4-year old African American boy’s remarks to make him seem prone to gang violence. The young boys comments were played during a story about the drive-by shooting of two teenagers in a Chicago neighborhood. In the edited video, the young…

Cenk Uygur slams megachurch pastor Rick Warren

Former MSNBC host and current Young Turks host Cenk Uygur blasted megachurch pastor Rick Warren for a tweet in which the pastor criticized the poor for not paying enough taxes. Watch video, uploaded to YouTube July 29, 2011, below:…

Federal court rules human genes can be patented

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in a 2 to 1 decision Friday that human genes can be patented because the DNA extracted from cells is not a product of nature. The court held (PDF) that Myriad Genetics can patent two human genes used to…

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords appears in House to votes for debt deal

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head by a gunman in January, received a standing ovation when she appeared in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday. She voted for a deal to avert U.S. default and cut the federal deficit. “The Capitol looks beautiful and I am…

House approves deal to avert U.S. default and cut the federal deficit

The House of Representatives passed an agreement Monday, called the Budget Control Act of 2011, that would raised the debt ceiling until 2013 and cut the federal deficit by about $2.1 trillion over a 10-year period. The two-stage agreement, which was criticized by both tea party lawmakers and progressive Democrats,…

1,600 civilians have been killed by Syrian forces since March

Since pro-democracy demonstrators first took to the streets in March, an estimated 1,600 civilians have been killed by Syrian military forces. Syrian forces recently killed at least 100 people while trying to retake the city of Hama. Watch video, courtesy of the Associated Press, below:…

Protesters arrested for heckling Boehner from House gallery

Twenty-two protesters were arrested Monday and charged with disruption of Congress after shouting chants against Speaker John Boehner from a House of Representatives gallery, according to the Washington Post. The protesters, including members of the National People’s Action, Vocal New York, and Community Voices Heard, unveiled a large black banner.…

DEA agents traumatize family during raid on wrong house

Drug Enforcement Agency officers busted into a suburban home in Michigan around 2:00am, rounding up the family of a retired military translator. “As soon as I opened the door, somebody grabbed me and took me outside and put me on the grass,” Ramsey Tossa told Fox 2′s Alexis Wiley. “The…

Congressional Black Caucus to Obama: Use 14th Amendment to solve debt crisis

The Congressional Black Caucus on Saturday urged President Barack Obama to invoke the Fourteenth Amendment to raise the debt ceiling if Congress failed to pass the necessary legislation before August 3. “We believe that you have both the authority and a moral obligation to do so in order to avoid…

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