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Documentary: Breast cancer cure ‘hijacked’ by pink ribbons

Long before Susan G. Komen for the Cure decided to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood, one breast cancer survivor began to ask questions about how the cause of finding a cure had turned into a money-making enterprise. Dr. Samantha King’s 2008 book, “Pink Ribbons” — which questions the legitimacy…

Catholic univ. backs down, allows lesbians in Valentine’s contest

A Catholic college in in Pennsylvania has reversed their decision not to allow a same sex couple to enter an alumni Valentine’s Day contest. In a posting on Facebook Wednesday, Megan Lynn explained that she and her partner, Katie MacTurk, had entered The Saint Joseph’s University Alumni Association’s “How I…

Chris Rock: I’d gladly pay more in taxes

Comedian Chris Rock told The Associated Press this week that he would gladly pay more in taxes if it meant more Americans have jobs. Speaking to reporters at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Rock commented that he was “gonna lose the money,” suggesting that he would rather see his tax…

‘Young Turks’ co-host smacks down anti-abortion activist

An anti-abortion activist who runs the advocacy group Pro-Life Action League was abruptly corrected on last night’s broadcast of “The Young Turks” after he claimed that the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) does not do breast cancer screenings. Speaking about the Susan G. Komen for the Cure charity’s recent decision…

Home-schooled girl to lawmakers: Vote down same sex marriage for my birthday

A 14-year-old girl named “Sarah” asked lawmakers in Maryland on Tuesday to vote against marriage equality for her birthday. Testifying before Maryland’s Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, Sarah said it “would be the best birthday present ever if you would vote no on gay marriage.” “I really feel bad for the…

Seattle occupier gets ‘gay married’ to 107-year-old building

An “Occupy Wall Street” protester in Seattle was so desperate to save a 107-year-old building from destruction that she decided to marry it Sunday afternoon. According to ABC affiliate KOMO-TV, Babylonia Aivaz made the unorthodox decision to go into wedlock with the “10th and Union” warehouse after hearing it would…

Police use flash bang grenades, tear gas in Oakland

Police in Oakland, California used various projectiles and finally arrested more than 400 people in the Occupy movement over the weekend. Some reports indicated that police used smoke, tear gas, flash bang grenades and rubber bullets in an attempt to stop protesters who were trying to take over vacant buildings.…

Russian ex-paratroopers score YouTube hit with rock video calling Putin ‘tyrant’

As opposition to Vladimir Putin’s anticipated reelection to the presidency of Russia heats up, protest is taking a number of unusual forms. For example, critics of the Russian leader drove around Moscow on Sunday in cars trailing white ribbons to advertise protests planned for next weekend. The most surprising success…

Taibbi: Obama might have gotten the ’99 percent’ message

Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi appeared on Countdown Friday evening, discussing the Obama administration’s populist rhetoric in creating a potential foreclosure fraud settlement with the big banks. Taibbi, encouraged by the latest developments of the settlement, was open to the possibility of the big banks’ top individuals facing major crimes.…

Undocumented students risk deportation to protest Rubio

At an event with tea party favorite Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Friday, activists supporting the idea that undocumented students should be given a path to citizenship were booed and threatened with arrest. “They were threatened with arrest, which for a young DREAM Act student means automatic deportation,” Presente Action…

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