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Young Turks: Cutting entitlements “to the bone is not the only idea out there”

On his show “The Young Turks” on Nov. 30, Cenk Uygur claims that CNN host Erin Burnett isn’t critical enough of the “establishment” position on entitlement reform. In an interview with Rep. Peter Defazio (D-Ore.), Burnett says most people support certain reforms like raising the retirement age and asks, “You…

Australia bans ‘branded’ packaging of cigarettes

Starting on Dec. 1, it will be illegal in Australia to sell cigarettes in “branded” packaging, reported Al Jazeera. Instead, the government has created a variety of standardized packages for all manufacturers. “Australia’s government has taken away that flash of color and brand,” says Al Jazeera. The companies attempted to…

Chinese artist tries to blow up tree on National Mall

Chinese artist Artist Guo-Qiang tried to blow up a 40-foot tree on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the 25th anniversary for the Sackler Gallery, a museum of the Smithsonian that focuses on Asian art, reported Talking Points Memo. It was meant to reference the numerous tree lighting…

‘In Jennifer’s Room’ details routine sexual abuse case at CA mental facility

A video released Thursday by the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) outlines one of several cases of neglect by the agency charged with protecting residents at California’s five care centers for the developmentally disabled. According to California Watch, records show the Office of Protective Services (OPS), which serves as the…

Sen. Shaheen: military women deserve reproductive health equality

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) spoke on the Senate floor on Nov. 30 about a provision in the National Defense Reauthorization Act (NDAA) that would allow women serving in the military to have coverage for abortion services in the case of rape or incest — which is currently covered in federal…

Texas gun store owner: Record sales because of Obama win and Mayan ‘doomsday’

A Texas gun store owner says that gun sales were a “madhouse” on Black Friday because President Barack Obama was re-elected and people are stocking up in advance of the Mayan-predicted “doomsday.” FBI records released earlier this week indicated that the bureau fielded 154,873 calls for background checks last Friday,…

Bryan Fischer: ‘Enormously insensitive’ to hurt God’s feelings by not using oil

Bryan Fischer, the director of issues analysis of the conservative fundamentalist American Family Association, on Thursday told a so-called “expert” who denies climate change that not using God’s fossil fuels would be like “crushing” someone’s feelings by rejecting their birthday present. The Cornwall Alliance’s Calvin Beisner, who has previously said…

Santelli has hissy fit because pro-Obama CEO issues early dividends to avoid tax hikes

CNBC on-air editor Rick Santelli, who is credited with helping to launch the tea party movement, flew into a rage and stomped off camera on Friday because a supporter of President Obama plans to pay shareholders a dividend before taxes are scheduled to go up at the end of the…

Assange: Pentagon seeks ‘the end of national security journalism’ in the U.S.

In one of the longest interviews he’s given for months, Wikileaks creator Julian Assange told Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman on Thursday that the Pentagon and Justice Department are seeking to redefine the Espionage Act in such a way that would bring about “the end of national security journalism in the…

Gingrich finally admits he doesn’t deserve to be president

In a wide-ranging interview with NBC late night talk show host Jay Leno on Thursday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) finally admitted that he does not deserve to be president. The famously confident Republican told Leno that he was “publicly, explicitly wrong” about President Barack Obama’s reelection chances. “Why…

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