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ACLU defends New York students suspended for protesting budget cuts

The New York American Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) has criticized the Central Islip School District’s decision to suspend students who participated in a peaceful protest against proposed budget cuts. In a letter to Superintendent Craig Carr on Tuesday, the NYCLU said the suspensions sent the message that free speech is…

Conservative activist: Bible, Ben Franklin, Pilgrims all opposed to net neutrality

The idea that all Internet traffic should be treated equally is against the teachings of the Bible and America’s Founding Fathers, according to evangelical Christian minister and political activist David Barton. During his radio show on Tuesday, he said that net neutrality violated the Biblical principle of free markets, a…

Florida bill an assault on voters’ rights, says ACLU

A bill in the Florida House of Representatives to “clean up” voting is the latest sad chapter in the state’s handbook of voter suppression, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. The legislation, sponsored by Republican Rep. Dennis Baxley, would cut Florida’s early-voting period from two weeks to…

Poll: Nearly half of Iowa Republicans are birthers, but many dislike Trump

Nearly half of Republican voters in Iowa said they don’t think President Barack Obama was born in the United States, but despite the large “birther” presence in the state, many had negative views of real estate mogul Donald Trump. Forty-eight percent of Iowa Republicans said they don’t believe that Obama…

Journalist: Trump’s candidacy should be taken seriously

Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist and former assistant managing editor for The Washington Post explained on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Tuesday why real estate mogul Donald Trump’s candidacy should be taken seriously. “Trump now gives credence to a theory that requires a massive coverup, spanning nearly five decades, that includes not just…

Wisconsin State Senator Randy Hopper directing callers to adult chat line

A recalled Republican Wisconsin state senator who lives outside his district with a mistress is directing constituents to adult chat lines that welcome callers with the greeting, “Hey there, sexy guy…” Sen. Randy Hopper lists his office number in a quarterly letter as 1-888-736-8729, which leads to a recording telling…

China’s J-20 stealth fighter makes second test flight

China’s J-20 stealth fighter prototype had a second test flight on Tuesday at the Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute’s airfield in Sichuan Province, according to witness accounts. “The J-20 made several passes and waggled its wings (rolling the plane first to one side then to the other) to salute the crowd…

Job center giving superhero capes to the unemployed

Florida’s unemployment agency director has asked for an investigation into a federally funded jobs agency that is giving 6,000 superhero capes to the jobless. Workforce Central Florida spent more than $14,000 on red capes as part of a media campaign to raise awareness of its services, the Orlando Sentinel reported.…

Rep. Bachmann’s hot son refuses to pose nude for Playgirl

The 28-year-old son of Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R) has turned down an offer to pose nude for the adult magazine Playgirl. Daniel Nardicio, a spokesman for the magazine, told PopEater that the magazine made the offer to Lucas Bachmann after being struck by “how absolutely adorable he is.” “Plus,…

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoes ‘birther’ bill

Legislation that requires presidential candidates to prove they are natural born American citizens before their names can appear on the Arizona ballot was vetoed by the state’s Republican governor on Monday. “I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for President of the greatest and most…

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