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California man creates exotic forest from trash

There maybe no better representative of the phrase “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” than 65-year-old Elmer Long. In a report from Al Jazeera English, Long has collected a bevy of trash items for over three decades and turned them into an exotic forest in California’s Mojave Desert. Bottles,…

Dallas teen mistakenly deported to Colombia returns home

The Dallas teenager mistakenly deported out of the United States to Colombia in 2011 returned to her family Friday evening. According to WFAA-TV, 15-year-old Jakadrien Turner was warmly embraced by her mother and grandmother after arriving at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport around 10 P.M. The adolescent was questioned for nearly…

Sirota: Legalizing marijuana is now a ‘mainstream’ position

The slow drumbeat to legalizing marijuana in America continued Friday evening when Salon.com columnist David Sirota appeared on Current TV’s The Young Turks. Sirota mentioned a recent Gallup poll in which half of Americans support legalizing marijuana, with 77 percent also backing medical marijuana. With those figures, Sirota and host…

A Nightmare on Wall Street…

Filmed in glorious black and white, this Twilight Zone-style parody turns out in the end to be a pitch for passing a financial transaction tax on Wall Street trading. But the sight of an angry mob of little old ladies and bankrupt small business owners pursuing a guilt-stricken banker with…

Fish imitates an octopus that imitates a fish

The so-called Mimic Octopus has become well known for its ability to imitate any number of other sea creatures, ranging from flatfish to crabs to sea snakes. But now it turns out that at least one black-marble jawfish has found a way to ensure its own safety by swimming close…

Santorum: Americans ‘need a Jesus candidate’

If Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s latest stump speech is successful, his opponents will find themselves campaigning against Christ. Speaking to a tea party group at Windham High School in New Hampshire on Thursday, the former Pennsylvania senator actually compared himself to the Christian savior. Santorum told the crowd that…

Navy SEAL shoots himself in head with ‘unloaded’ gun

A 22-year-old Navy SEAL accidentally shot himself in the head Thursday with a gun that he thought was unloaded. San Diego Police Department Officer Frank Cali said that the SEAL had been drinking with a woman at a bar. After returning to his Pacific Beach home, he had tried to…

Raw Story’s executive editor Megan Carpentier debates Ron Paul’s candidacy with Reason editor-in-chief Matt Welch

In the wake of the Iowa GOP caucus, Raw Story executive editor Megan Carpentier and Reason editor-in-chief Matt Welch sat down with The Real News Network’s senior editor Paul Jay to discuss Tuesday’s events and, in particular, the candidacy of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX). Welch, a self-identified libertarian, and Carpentier…

Taibbi: Montana decision ‘just the start’ of fight against ‘Citizens United’

Appearing on Current TV’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann on Thursday night, Rolling Stone political contributor Matt Taibbi suggested that a recent decision by the Montana Supreme Court will be seen as the start of a long fight against corporate money in American elections. The highest court in Montana recently struck…

McCain: Romney won’t ‘lead from behind like Ronald Reagan’

Oops, he did it again. For the second time in as many days, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has confused President Barack Obama with another person during a campaign event for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. On Thursday, the Arizona senator had declared that “President Obama will turn this country around,”…

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