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House plans to defund Planned Parenthood, contraceptives, health counseling

The US House of Representatives is expected to pass an amendment to the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011 by this weekend that would cut millions of dollars in funding to Planned Parenthood for contraceptives, reproductive health counseling and cancer screenings. The amendment eliminates all $327 million in funding…

FBI urges Congress to expand Internet wiretapping

The FBI urged members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security on Thursday to update the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) and make it easier for authorities to eavesdrop on Internet. The act was passed in 1994 and requires telecommunication companies to design their…

Colbert announces the launch of The Colbuffington Re-Post

Stephen Colbert gave Arianna Huffington, co-founder of the Huffington Post, a “wag of his finger” for making him feel angry while looking at pictures of himself. This video is from Comedy Central’s Colbert Report, broadcast February 16, 2011 (via Mediaite.)…

House votes to cut all funding for US Institute of Peace

The US House of Representatives accepted an amendment to the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2011 on Thursday to eliminate all funding for the US Institute of Peace (USIP), an independent government-funded institution to analyze and prevent international conflict. “I am very pleased my amendment to end federal…

Bahrain protesters look to emulate Egypt revolt

Protesters in Bahrain attended the funeral of a man shot dead by police on Tuesday at an anti-government demonstration in the capital of Manama. This video is from Euronews, uploaded to YouTube on February 16, 2011.…

Police officer who killed Native American will not face charges

John T. Williams, a Native American wood carver who was partially deaf, was killed on August 30th after walking past Officer Ian Birk on the street with a knife in his hand. This video is from King5 News, uploaded to YouTube on February 15, 2011.…

Sen. Bernie Sanders: ‘I’ve got a lot of problems with president’s budget’

Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders discusses spending and cuts in the president’s budget blueprint for 2012. This video is from PBS’s Newshour, uploaded to YouTube February 16, 2011.…

Congressman targets federal funding for the war on drugs

Colorado Congressman Jared Polis has offered two amendments to the House continuing resolution that would eliminate much of the federal funding for the war on drugs in the United States. The House is currently debating HR 1, the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011. The bill is needed to…

US government accidentally shuts down 84,000 websites during child porn raid

Approximately 84,000 websites were shut down and wrongfully accused of having links to child pornography as part of “Operation Protect Our Children,” a new joint operation between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ). The DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Tuesday that it had…

Massive protests break out in Iran

Following earlier protests, the Iranian government is calling for two opposition leaders who helped organize the demonstration to be held accountable. This video is from Al Jazeera, uploaded to YouTube on February 15, 2011.…

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