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Colin Powell regrets U.N. speech justifying the Iraq invasion

During an interview with The Daily Show host Jon Stewart, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said he regretted telling the United Nations that Iraq was harboring weapons of mass destruction. “I, of course, regret the U.N. speech that I gave,” he said, “which became the prominent presentation of our…

Sen. Wyden pushes to repeal ‘outrageous’ ban on industrial hemp

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden on Wednesday called on Congress to repeal the ban on industrial hemp production, framing the ban as a restriction on free enterprise. “This in my view is a textbook example of a regulation that flunks the common sense test,” he said on the Senate floor. “There…

Jesse Ventura: Mitt Romney is Gordon Gecko

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura on Wednesday blasted Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and the U.S. Supreme Court “Corporations have no soul, all they have is a bottom line,” he said on Talking Liberally. “People need to understand that. When the Supreme Court ruled that corporations have the same equal…

Sen. Rand Paul: We’re giving food stamps to millionaires

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Wednesday called for an overhaul of the SNAP program — which provides food stamps — by requiring states to determine how they ration benefits instead of the federal government. “Our system of helping ensure that no one goes hungry in our country is a noble…

Police arrest Connecticut Catholic school teacher for growing marijuana

Police in Hartford, Connecticut arrested a Catholic school teacher and his wife Tuesday evening for allegedly growing marijuana out of their backyard, according to The Hartford Courant. Christopher and Kristine Gallagher were charged with cultivating more than 1 kilogram of marijuana, possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana, possession…

ACLU sues over North Carolina’s same sex adoption ban

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday announced that it had filed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s second parent adoption ban, which effective prevents same sex partner’s from adopting children. The lawsuit filed in federal court on behalf of six same sex couples claims that the law violates the…

Peeing Swedish camper knocked down on camera by charging bear

When 61-year-old Ole Akesson stepped outside to relieve himself in a stream on the Angraan nature reserve in Sweden, he was startled to find a baby elk looking back at him from the other side of the water. He decided that he wanted a picture. “I called to my wife…

Protesters yell at JPMorgan CEO Dimon: ‘Stop the foreclosures now!’

A group of protesters wanted to make sure that JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon was personally aware of their anger at him, so they confronted him directly before he testified at a Senate Committee Banking hearing on Wednesday morning. “Stop foreclosures now, stop foreclosures now!” the protesters vociferously repeated before being…

ACLU: U.S. is paying dearly for elderly inmates

Harsh sentencing laws of the 1980s and ’90s have resulted in a U.S. prison population that is increasingly aged. According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), care of elderly prisoners is placing a heavy burden on state and federal institutions. Elderly prisoners cost nearly twice as much to provide…

Tea party senator wants JPMorgan CEO to ‘guide’ Congress on banking regulation

Tea party favorite Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) on Wednesday asked JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, who recently announced that his company had lost at least $2 billion in the derivative market, to “guide” Congress in creating friendly banking regulations. During a U.S. Senate Banking Committee hearing, DeMint told Dimon that lawmakers…

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