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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…

Al Franken promotes marriage equality in new video

While Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) may have once been a comedian, his support for marriage equality is no joke. Franken and his wife Franni appear together in a new video for the Human Rights Campaign in support of same sex marriage rights. “My wife, Franni, and I have been married…

Police drag Occupy activists from Santorum event

Police on Monday physically dragged several Occupy Tampa protesters from an event with Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum and cited them for trespassing. One of the men had thrown glitter at the candidate as he was he was giving his closing remarks. WESH cameras caught a man in a suit…

Occupiers build igloos ahead of World Economic Forum

In preparation for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week, Swiss “occupy” protesters are preparing a unique strategy to maintain their vigil in the bitter cold: igloos. As the world’s most wealthy and powerful business leaders and government officials flock to the posh resort town, occupiers are making use…

Active duty soldiers send message of tolerance to gay teens

A group of active duty soldiers in Bagram, Afghanistan recently released their own contribution to the “It Gets Better” video series, sending a message of tolerance to gay and bisexual teens hounded by bullies and their peers. “It’s really hard, being accepted, to be different,” one soldier explains. “But it’s…

Romney to protesters: ‘Take a hike’

At a campaign event in Florida Sunday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney tried to get tough with a group of Occupy Wall Street protesters, telling them to “take a hike.” While speaking in Ormond Beach, the candidate found himself being “mic checked,” a phrase Occupy Wall Street protesters often use…

Bill Moyers: How ordinary people can fight ‘Citizens United’

In this clip, commentator Bill Moyers answers a question frequently posed to him by viewers — “How can ordinary people fight ‘Citizens United’?” The controversial Supreme Court ruling enshrines the notion of “corporate personhood” into law, giving companies many of the same rights and protections as U.S. citizens, allowing businesses…

Romney gets confronted about his opposition to the Dream Act

GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney received a stern question from an unexpected source Tuesday evening. While coming out of an event in New York City, Romney encountered an immigrant named Lucy who asked him about his stance on the DREAM Act. “Are you going to support the DREAM Act?” she…

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