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Brazil drug gangs move to ban crack

Crack is whack, and even the most powerful drug gangs in Rio aren’t disputing that fact. Amid a painful and violent uptick in crack-cocaine usage and facing increasingly successful police strategies pushing them out of the favelas, the most powerful drug gang in Brazil’s capital of Rio de Janeiro has…

Watch live: Romney and Ryan hold New Hampshire town hall

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan answered questions at a town hall in Manchester, New Hampshire on Monday. Ryan’s addition to the Republican presidential ticket has widely been viewed as problematic due to his previous proposed cuts to Medicare. As the Washington Post reported in anticipation of Monday’s town hall, about…

LAPD filmed punching man for skateboarding on wrong side of street

In a scene that brought with it echoes of the Los Angeles Police Department’s most infamous moment, residents filmed four officers holding down and punching a young man picked up outside his home for allegedly skateboarding on the wrong side of the street. According to KTLA-TV, a protest is being…

Israeli citizens grow concerned over price tag on war with Iran

Lia Tarachansky of The Real News reports that many Israelis are growing concerned over the potential costs of a war with Iran — not in terms of lives or national prestige, but as measured in their taxes and in the prices they pay for basic goods. Food prices have already…

Shuster: Sununu seems like he ‘hasn’t taken his medication’

Current TV correspondent David Shuster on Sunday joked that John Sununu “hasn’t taken his medication” because the former New Hampshire governor told a CNN host to “put an Obama bumper sticker on your forehead.” During an interview on CNN last week, Sununu, who chairs presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s…

Giuliani: ‘Serious questions’ about Biden’s ‘mental capacity’

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is doubling down on the charge that Vice President Joe Biden might not have the “mental capacity” and “balance” to take over the presidency if he needed to. Speaking to CNBC last week, Giuliani said that a series of gaffes showed that Biden…

Goolsbee: Republicans ‘would classify Mitt Romney’s horse a small business’

Former Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee asserted on Sunday that Republicans “would classify Mitt Romney’s horse as a small business” if they thought it would help them convince Americans that taxes shouldn’t be raised on the wealthy. During an ABC News discussion about the federal deficit, The Wall Street Journal‘s…

Julian Assange: U.S. must renounce WikiLeaks witch hunt

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Sunday made his first public appearance in two months, urging President Barack Obama “to do the right thing.” The head of the anti-secrecy website has fought for two years against his extradition to Sweden, where he’s wanted for questioning in relation to allegations of sexual…

Santorum claims that saying ‘y’all’ is divisive

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says that Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama are “dividing this country” by playing the race card and using words like “y’all.” CNN host Jim Acosta on Sunday asked if it was fair for Romney to complain about the tone of the…

Pussy Riot protesters rally in Chicago

Supporters of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot rallied in Chicago on Saturday to protest against the band members’ prison sentences. “These women are complete badasses,” one protester said into a microphone, wearing the band’s iconic colorful balaclavas. A Moscow judge has ruled that Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22,…

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