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Rep. Tammy Baldwin could become first openly gay Senate member

Openly gay Wisconsin Representative Tammy Baldwin is considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat now occupied by Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI). If she won the election, Baldwin would become the first openly gay member of the Senate. Seventy-six-year old Kohl announced Friday that he will not seek reelection to…

Solar-powered aircraft makes first 13 hour international flight

A solar-powered plane, called the Solar Impulse, made the world’s first international flight on Friday. The plane took off from a western Switzerland airfield and landed at Brussels airport after a 13 hour flight. “With this flight, we would like to encourage politicians to opt for more ambitious energy policies,”…

House GOP aims to cut off new funding for TSA body scanners

Legislation proposed by Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt (R-AL) on Thursday cuts off new funding for body imaging scanners used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at airport security checkpoints. The Fiscal Year 2012 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill does not provide the $76 million requested by President Barack Obama…

Glenn Beck: Obama ‘clearly’ anti-cop, Clinton made kids think oral sex was OK

Commenting on the controversy around the decision to invite the rapper Common to the White House, Fox News host Glenn Beck said that President Barack Obama had a personal problem with police officers. “The president’s actions clearly indicate that he is anti-cop,” he said. Beck compared the president’s decision to…

Minnesota lawmaker: Nobody has a right to vote on someone else’s marriage

The Republican-led Minnesota state Senate passed a constitutional amendment Wednesday that would define marriage as solely between one man and one woman. Democratic state Senator John Marty blasted the constitutional amendment on the Minnesota Senate floor, saying that his marriage was approved 2 to 0. “Nobody else has a right…

Mike Barnicle: Gingrich a ‘delusional loser’

Award-winning journalist and political commentator Mike Barnicle called former House Speaker Newt Gingrich a “delusional loser” Thursday during a discussion on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Gingrich announced on Twitter and Facebook that he would run for president in 2012. “He is a delusional loser with an intellectual chip on his shoulder,”…

David H. Koch Theatre ‘rebranded’ to ‘The Tea Party’s Wallet’

A crowd of around 500 protesters added the caption “I’m the Tea Party’s wallet” to the name plate of David H. Koch Theatre in New York during a so-called “guerrilla drive-in” on Wednesday night. Those who attended the “guerrilla drive-in” watched a short film about the Koch brothers, which was…

Democratic candidate Dan Adler: I speak for Asians, ‘my wife is Korean’

Democratic candidate Dan Adler began airing the first of a series of eccentric TV commercials Tuesday in the run-up to the California 36th Congressional District special election on May 17th. In one ad, Adler speaks with a group of Korean-Americans, who note that Asians account for nearly 15 percent of…

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul: ‘Right to health care’ is slavery

Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul said during a Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing Wednesday that those who believe in a right to health care actually believe in slavery. “With regard to the idea of whether you have a right to health care, you have realize what that implies,”…

WikiLeaks gags staff, threatens leakers with $20 million penalty

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange requires WikiLeaks staff to sign a confidentiality agreement that claims the organization’s collection of leaked documents is “solely the property of WikiLeaks,” according to a published report. The confidentiality agreement says that unpublished documents leaked to the organization are “valuable proprietary commercial information, the misuse or…

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