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Sen. Schumer: Ending tax breaks for the rich ‘a big winner’ for Democrats

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) on Wednesday predicted that refusing to extend expiring tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans would greatly benefit Democrats. “It’s a big winner,” he said on MSNBC. “For 30 years, Republicans have won the tax debate by conflating middle-class tax cuts with tax cuts for the wealthy.…

Mother of killed son urges peace amid unrest in Anaheim

On Wednesday, the mother of a man who was shot to death by police officers pleaded for peace after the shooting sparked days of unrest in Anaheim, California. “To the public, to the citizens of Ana drive, we want to thank you all for your support,” Genevieve Huizar said. “We…

Obama campaign accuses Romney of ‘Cold War mentality’

President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign is highlighting recent comments made by Mitt Romney’s top foreign policy advisor, claiming it is evidence of the Republican candidate’s “Cold War mentality.” During a forum at the Brookings Institution on Wednesday, Romney’s senior foreign policy advisor Richard Williamson said that Syria was strategically important…

Charlie Crist blasts Rick Scott’s ‘unconscionable’ voter suppression tactics

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) on Wednesday criticized his successor, Gov. Rick Scott (R), and other Republicans for using “shameless” tactics that suppress voting rights, including requiring photo IDs, preventing felons from voting and purging voter rolls. “The concern really is on sort of a closing the door on…

Hate crime suspected after gay man burned by firebombing in Oklahoma

A gay Oklahoma City man is recovering from second-degree burns that were caused when his car was firebombed last week — and the attack may be considered a hate crime because a homophobic slur was also painted on the vehicle. Jon Ferguson told KWTV that when his car alarm woke…

‘Robot cameras’ to be used for Olympic footage

3D cameras, lenses mounted on especially agile robotic arms and even electronic eyes that fly will be prominently featured at this year’s Summer Olympics in London. A host of innovations in recent years in covering sporting events has led the world’s leading photography agencies, Reuters, Getty and AFP, to embark…

Sandra Day O’Connor: Conservatives show ‘lack of understanding’ of court system

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on Wednesday said that it was “unfortunate” that some Republicans had called Chief Justice John Roberts a traitor to conservatives after he voted to uphold President Barack Obama’s health care reform law. During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on civics education, Chairman Patrick…

USC team developing a holodeck for gamers

A team of University of Southern California students is putting together what it says will be a virtual-reality gaming platform similar to the holodeck seen on Star Trek: The Next Generation, according to C-Net. The developers say Project Holodeck, as it’s called, will combine a headset-like display known as the…

Michael Moore: ‘I’m sick of’ coming on TV after mass shootings

Filmmaker Michael Moore, creator of the Oscar-winning documentary “Bowling for Columbine” that explored the cultural factors contributing to the Columbine massacre, is sick of being asked to come on TV shows after mass shootings to give canned speeches on gun control. Appearing on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” on Tuesday, Moore…

Dallas police shooting leads to neighborhood protest

In a scene that nearly mirrored the recent unrest in California, a fatal police shooting in south Dallas led to angry residents confronting police, KXAS-TV reported Tuesday. Dallas Police Chief Dave Brown said at a press conference that one of his officers shot and killed James Harper following a chase…

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