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Maine gov. on ‘Gestapo’ Obamacare: ‘Be goddamn mad at the federal government’

Maine’s Republican governor says that anyone who is upset because he said that President Barack Obama’s health care reforms would turn the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) into Nazi secret police should “be goddamn mad at the federal government.” During a weekly radio address on Saturday, Gov. Paul LePage complained that…

Florida teen loses arm in alligator attack

A 17-year-old Florida teenager has lost his right arm after being attacked by an alligator, according to Tampa’s WTSP, CBS Channel 10. Kaleb Langdale, also known as “Fred,” was swimming in the Caloosahatchee River in Moore Haven, Florida with friends when the alligator swam at him, seized his arm and…

Maddow befuddled by snooty Romney donors: These must be leftist protesters

Noting that Romney’s donors at recent fundraiser in New York seemed more like fictional caricatures of the rich and affluent, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow wondered if the Republican presidential candidate had been “punked.” “There are only two possibilities here at this point,” she said Monday night. “Either this is brilliant…

Futurist Ray Kurzweil discusses his quest for immortality

Futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil recently sat down with Paul Solman of PBS to explain why he believes he has a good chance of living forever. Based on Moore’s law — a surprisingly consistent doubling in computing power every 18 to 24 months — Kurzweil predicts that by 2029 humanity…

MIT professor warns of ‘enormous disruption’ from rapid technological growth

MIT Sloan School of Management Professor Erik Brynjolfsson on Monday warned that technological advancements were displacing workers at an ever growing rate. “Technology’s always been creating jobs, it’s always been destroying jobs,” he told Current TV host Eliot Spitzer. “Ninety percent of Americans used to work on farms in 1800.…

Former right-wing teen star: Some conservatives have been vicious

Former conservative teen star and author Jonathan Krohn on Monday said the right-wing movement had “not responded nicely” to his changing political views. Krohn was eagerly embraced by conservatives after giving a speech at the 2009 Conservative Political Action Committee when he was only 13-years-old. But after becoming enchanted by…

Ari Berman: Voter ID laws ‘could throw the election’

Ari Berman, who covers voting rights for The Nation and Rolling Stone magazines, said Monday that voter ID laws in Texas and other states could help Republicans win the presidency in 2012. “It could throw the election,” he told Amy Goodman of Democracy Now. “As you mentioned earlier in your…

Perry: Medicaid expansion is like ‘adding 1,000 people to the Titanic’

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Monday said that his state would refuse to implement President Barack Obama’s health care reform law because it was “like adding 1,000 people to the Titanic.” In a statement released on Monday, Perry said that he would not set up state health care exchanges…

WATCH LIVE: Obama announces middle-class tax cut extension plan

President Barack Obama called on Congress Monday to extend the tax cuts on the middle class implemented under former President George W. Bush. The plan calls for Bush tax cuts for those making less than $250,000 a year to be extended for another year, and comes as Congress returns from…

Pat Buchanan ‘hopes’ there will be no female president in his lifetime

Conservative pundit and former Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan is hopeful that a woman will not become president of the United States for at least the next 30 years. During a panel discussion on PBS over the weekend, host John McLaughlin asked Buchanan when the U.S. would elect the first…

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