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Watch live: Mitt Romney makes campaign stop in Florida

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a campaign stop in Florida on Mondday. A Reuters analysis found that Romney’s vice presidential pick of Paul Ryan could be damaging to Republicans in Florida because Ryan’s budget is particularly harsh on Medicare, and the state’s elderly population might object to such cuts.…

Madonna defends LGBT rights and Pussy Riot at Russian concerts

Pop legend Madonna spoke in support LGBT people in Russia on Thursday as she completed a two-concert tour of the country that passed a ban on “homosexual propaganda” this year. According to Reuters, Madonna wore black lingerie with the words “No Fear” written across her back and distributed pink wristbands…

Watch live: Walker and Holder attend vigil for Sikh shooting victims

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder attend a vigil for the Sunday shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Cree, Wisconsin that claimed the lives of seven people, including the gunman who killed himself. Watch live, broadcast on MSNBC on Aug. 10.…

Customs officials crack down on Pakistan’s million-dollar archaeological smugglers

When a Pakistani family dispute over land degenerated into cold-blooded murder, Zaman Khan was quickly in over his head. As cousins killed cousins, he borrowed more than $18,500 to buy guns, ammunition and guards. But soon debtors were demanding repayment, leaving him so depressed he contemplated suicide. Then a friend…

Canada backs off plan to deport undocumented Portuguese man who lived there 32 years

Canada’s immigration ministry on Wednesday rescinded a deportation order for a Portuguese man living in the country for 32 years. A crackdown on immigration fraud had unwittingly snared Jose Pereira, 58, who said he was ordered out over an administrative gaffe. Married to a Canadian woman, he had four children…

Experts: Philippine flood disaster that affected 2 million is man made

Deadly floods that have swamped nearly all of the Philippine capital are less a natural disaster and more the result of poor planning, lax enforcement and political self-interest, experts say. Damaged watersheds, massive squatter colonies living in danger zones and the neglect of drainage systems are some of the factors…

Louisiana school reverses policy of kicking out pregnant teens

A Louisiana charter school that came under fire for a policy of kicking out girls that are pregnant or suspected of being pregnant has reversed its policy. “Blaming the victim is never the appropriate response to misconduct,” said Marjorie Esman, executive director of the ACLU of Louisiana said in a press release. “If…

WATCH LIVE: Update on Mars Curiosity rover

The Mars Curiosity rover successfully landed on Mars, and NASA scientists are sharing the early results from the Red Planet. Watch live, broadcast on MSNBC on Aug. 8. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

NYC Mayor shuts down ‘Pleasure Carts’ that distributed free vibrators

An unidentified New York City official shut down a condom and sex toy company’s giveaway on Wednesday that planned to distribute 10,000 free vibrators in Manhattan, according to the New York Post. Trojan distributed more than 400 vibrators in two hours from two “Pleasure carts” before a city official who…

Watch live: Obama speaks in Denver with Sandra Fluke

President Barack Obama made a campaign stop in Denver on Wednesday with Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student who has become the face of the debate over contraception coverage. Fluke and Obama are visiting in the same week that Colorado Personhood gathered enough signatures for its third attempt at a…

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