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Congressional leaders agree on four-year extension of PATRIOT Act

Congressional leaders agreed on Thursday to extend three expiring provisions of the controversial PATRIOT Act for four years. Sources told the Associated Press that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner agreed to call for a vote to extend the provisions before May 27, when they are…

Nazi war crimes trial highlights Hungary’s dark past

The trial of Hungarian Nazi war crime suspect Sandor Kepiro has thrown a spotlight on the country’s collaboration with Nazi Germany and the death of an estimated 560,000 Hungarian Jews. Watch video, courtesy of AFP, below:…

May 21 doomsday warnings come to New York City

A small group of Christian fundamentalists tried to warn New Yorkers that the world is going to end soon. The followers of Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping believe the Second Coming of Christ is this Saturday. Watch video, courtesy of ABC News, below:…

Senator Mark Kirk: End probe of CIA interrogators accused of torture

Republican Senator Mark Kirk (IL) says that President Barack Obama should announce the end of the Justice Department’s “unwarranted” investigation of CIA interrogators when he visits their headquarters on Friday “These Americans did their jobs at the direction of the President of the United States and this politically motivated investigation…

84-year-old man allegedly beaten by police officer after calling 911

An Alabama police officer allegedly hospitalized an elderly man who called 911 to report an accident across the street from his house while his wife watched the entire beating from her wheelchair. The Courthouse News Service reported that 84-year-old Dorsey Henderson of Fairhope, Alabama called 911 after investigating the car…

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…

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