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Secret Service Twitter page laments having to watch ‘blathering’ Fox News

The official Twitter account of the U.S. Secret Service posted a tweet on Wednesday afternoon that blasted Fox News. “Had to monitor Fox for a story. Can’t. Deal. With. The. Blathering,” the tweet said, before being deleted almost immediately, according to the Huffington Post. “An employee with access to the…

Minnesota amendment to ban same sex marriage advances

The Minnesota House Committee on Rules and Administration approved a constitutional amendment to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman by a 13 to 12 vote Wednesday morning. The Minnesota Independent reported that several protesters shouted “Shame!” and “You are damaging my life and my family!” while…

African-American Scholar: Cornel West’s Critique of Obama ‘smacks of Birtherism’

Black intellectual and Princeton University Professor Cornel West explained Tuesday on MSNBC’s The Ed Show why he made inflammatory remarks about President Obama in an interview where he said Obama was “a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats.” “His formation is such that…

American Legislative Exchange Council even more influential than Koch brothers

Andrew Gillum, the national director of People For the American Way, explained the influence of the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) on U.S. policymaking during MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell Tuesday. ALEC consists of about 300 corporate members, including Koch Industries, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Wal-Mart.…

Senate bill makes illegal Internet streaming a felony

Those who illegally stream live video or audio over the Internet could face up to five years in prison under legislation recently introduced to the U.S. Senate. Ars Technica reported that Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), John Cornyn (R-TX) and Christopher Coons (D-DE) proposed a bill last week that would make…

Bill Maher: Newt Gingrich an ugly ‘professor of idiocy’

Appearing on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthew Tuesday, comedian Bill Maher shared his thoughts on Republican 2012 presidential candidates. “He is ugly inside,” Maher said of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, “and what’s not mentioned is that he is also ugly outside.” “He is a professor of idiocy,” Maher added.…

Gov. Rick Perry endorses voter intimidation, say Texas Democrats

Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry pandered to those who openly intimidate and harass minority voters by cutting the ribbon at the grand opening of King Street Patriots’ new headquarters Monday, according to the Texas Democratic Party. Talking Points Memo reported in October 2010 that the Justice Department was investigating the…

Willie Nelson’s Teapot Party backs Republican Gary Johnson for president

The Teapot Party, founded by country singer and activist Willie Nelson, has officially endorsed former New Mexico governor and current Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson. “I am truly gratified to have the endorsement of such an iconic entertainer, philanthropist, innovator and champion for individual rights as Willie Nelson,” Johnson said…

Former narcotics officer: Legalize drugs to prevent police deaths

Appearing on Fox News’ Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano Monday, former Maryland narcotics police officer Neill Franklin compared the U.S. war on drugs to alcohol prohibition in the 1920′s, saying both were a “complete failure.” Franklin added that ending the “senseless” war on drugs would prevent many police officers from…

ACLU: National Defense Authorization Act permits ‘worldwide war without end’

A little noticed provision in the House Armed Services Committee’s National Defense Authorization Act would authorize the United States to use military force anywhere there are terrorism suspects, including within the U.S. itself, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Section 1034 was added to the bill [PDF] by the…

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