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Researchers trace Obama’s family back to first U.S. slave

Researchers at Ancestry.com say President Barack Obama is the 11th great-grandson of the first African man to be declared a slave in America, according to CBS News. The findings were released Monday after researchers spent two years tracing the family tree of Obama’s late mother, Ann Dunham, who was born…

Zombies take on Westboro anti-LGBT protesters near Seattle

Counter-demonstrators dressed as zombies outnumbered protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church at a military base near DuPont, Washington over the weekend. Melissa Neace, 27, launched a Facebook group to organize the zombies event after she learned that the radical ant-LGBT church would be picketing Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Seattle. “We…

San Diego Zoo panda has record-setting sixth cub

The San Diego Zoo’s newest addition has put its mother in the record books, The Los Angeles Times reports. When 21-year-old Bai Yun gave birth to her sixth panda cub Sunday afternoon, she gave the zoo the largest collection of the endangered species born in captivity outside of their native…

Horses used against demonstrators in ninth day of Anaheim protests

Anaheim police arrested nine demonstrators, at one point using horses against protesters during a march, during the ninth day of protests over police shootings Sunday. The Orange County Register reported that more than 200 protesters took part in the demonstration, which forced some street closures as they marched toward Disneyland…

McCain defends Palin pick: Cheney was wrong on torture too

Sen. John McCain on Monday linked former Vice President Dick Cheney’s assertion that picking former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for vice president was a “mistake” to his support for torture. During an interview that aired on Sunday, Cheney had told ABC’s Jonathan Karl that it was important for presumptive Republican…

Robert Gibbs: Romney’s London trip was ‘embarrassing for our country’

A senior adviser to President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign on Sunday lamented that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney had “embarrassed” the U.S. by insulting Britain as they kicked off the Olympic games last week. Robert Gibbs told ABC’s Matthew Dowd that Romney had disgraced himself “in front of our…

Tavis Smiley rails against the ‘blinders of greed’: Poverty a societal crisis

With reports of poverty reaching its highest level since 1965, CBS News contributor Tavis Smiley on Sunday compared the growing wealth inequality to slavery in the United States. “Throughout American history there have been proud moments of revolution that forced the elite to remove their blinders of greed, tyranny and…

Republican strategist to Fox News: Romney ‘aloof and not understanding’

A Republican strategist who managed former Gov. Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign says that GOP hopeful Mitt Romney’s recent gaffes during a trip to London reinforced the appearance that he is “aloof and not always understanding the situation.” Chip Saltsman on Sunday told Fox News host Chris Wallace that Romney had…

Scalia suggests women have no right to contraception

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says that the pivotal decision which reversed a law that prohibited women from using contraception is not supported under his interpretation of the Constitution. During an interview on Sunday, Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Scalia why he believed that it is a “lie”…

Scalia: ‘Handheld rocket launchers’ could be constitutional

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Sunday said that even “handheld rocket launchers” could be considered legal under his interpretation of the Constitution’s Second Amendment. In the wake of a massacre in Colorado that left 12 dead and 58 wounded, host Chris Wallace asked Scalia if the Constitution would support…

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