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Man survives after being impaled in the head with metal pipe

A man from Las Vegas was impaled through the head with a 2-inch thick metal fence pole during a car accident and amazingly survived. The man said he felt lucky that he did not remember the experience. Watch video, courtesy of ABC News, below:…

Comcast-NBC hires FCC commissioner who voted for NBC merger

Meredith Attwell Baker, one of the two Republican Commissioners at the Federal Communications Commission, is planning to resign and become a lobbyist for the cable giant Comcast-NBC Universal. Just four months after voting to approve the the controversial merger of Comcast and NBC, Baker announced Wednesday she will become senior…

Lobbyists ‘intimidate’ congressional staff after Citizens United decision

Some Democratic congressional staffers personally feel a need to respond differently to lobbyists in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, according to a recent survey. The Citizens United vs. FEC case overturned generations of U.S. campaign law that limited corporate donations and required the identity…

Presbyterian Church to ordain openly gay and lesbian ministers

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ratified an amendment to the church’s constitution Tuesday that removes a provision flatly prohibiting the ordination of openly gay men and women in same sex relationships. “Clearly what has changed is that persons in a same-gender relationship can be considered for ordination,” General Assembly Stated Clerk…

Court blocks Utah ‘show me your papers’ law

A federal district court in Salt Lake City blocked the implementation of Utah’s so-called “show me your papers” law which was scheduled to go into effect Tuesday. Like Arizona’s controversial immigrant law, the law passed by Utah earlier this year authorized law enforcement officials to demand proof of a person’s…

U.S. Copyright Group targets 23,000 downloaders of ‘The Expendables’

More than 23,000 U.S. Internet users could soon be notified by their internet service providers (ISPs) that their personal information is being turned over to the U.S. Copyright Group in the largest file sharing lawsuit in U.S. history. Wired reported that a federal judge has agreed to allow the copyright…

Chris Matthews: Bush was ‘wise ass rich kid’ about bin Laden

MSNBC host Chris Matthews said Tuesday that former President George W. Bush had a “wise ass” attitude about terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. “I’m not a Bush hater, but that was wise-ass behavior there,” he said. “Just wise-ass. I mean this is the rich kid acting like I don’t care…

Sixty-five arrested during protest of California budget cuts

The California Highway Patrol arrested at least 65 protesters Monday evening at the California state Capitol after they refused to leave after the rotunda had closed. The protest in Sacramento was the first in a series of protests dubbed “State of Emergency” and planned by the California Teacher Association (CTA).…

Former Senator Alan Simpson flips off the AARP

Former Republican Senator Alan Simpson gave the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) “the finger” during a meeting hosted by the Investment Company Institute. The Huffington Post reported that Simpson argued Social Security was a “Ponzi” scheme that was originally intended as a welfare program before he lashed out at…

Taser safety studies significantly biased from ties to manufacturer

Taser safety studies may be biased due to researchers’ ties to the electrical stun guns’ manufacturer, Taser International Inc., according to cardiologists at the University of California, San Francisco. The cardiologists examined the the accuracy of 50 published studies on the potential dangers of using Taser stun guns and found…

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