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Berkeley police chief sends officer to reporter’s home to alter story

The Berkeley police union said Monday it was “gravely concerned” that police chief Michael Meehan dispatched an officer to a reporter’s home in the middle of the night to request a correction. The police department had tried to reach Bay Area News Group reporter Doug Oakley by phone and e-mail…

Santorum co-chair: Romney should ‘renounce his racist Mormon religion’

An African-American pastor affiliated with Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is demanding that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney “renounce his racist Mormon religion.” At a press conference on Monday, Rev. O’Neal Dozier, who is an honorary chairman of Santorum’s Florida campaign, said that he was speaking out to “foster and…

Santorum: Endangered Species Act puts ‘critters above people’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says the federal government has gone too far in trying to protect endangered species by putting “critters above people.” At the Gulf Coast Energy Summit in Biloxi, Mississippi on Monday, the candidate was asked how he would balance the need for environmental protection with the…

Romney: ‘If I’m a weak frontrunner then what does that make Newt Gingrich?’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a response to rival Newt Gingrich’s claim that he’s a weak frontrunner: I know I am but what are you? On Sunday, Gingrich told Fox News host Chris Wallace that the former Massachusetts governor had one of the most anemic campaigns in the last…

Former Mossad chief: Pre-emptive attack on Iran would be stupid

In an unprecedented interview, the former head of Israel’s spy service told 60 Minutes this week that Iran is nowhere near developing a nuclear weapon, and warned that if Israel attacks its neighbor, it would trigger a “rain of missiles” upon the Jewish state. Meir Dagan, who ran Mossad for…

Fmr. McCain aide on ‘Game Change’: Palin presidency ‘frightens me’

A former senior strategist for Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) 2008 presidential campaign says that the depiction of Sarah Palin by actress Julianne Moore in HBO’s film “Game Change” was “very accurate.” “I think for all of us that were in the campaign it really rang true,” Steve Schmidt told MSNBC’s…

Matthews: The GOP is ‘treating women like they’re not voters’

Chris Matthews displayed Sunday morning his bemusement for the Republican Party’s comments and behavior towards women so far during the 2012 presidential campaign. “One of the time warps these days is watching Republicans ignore the simple fact that women vote and are the majority voters,” he said on his weekly…

Reid: Keystone ‘won’t lower the price of oil’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) says that Republican claims that the Keystone XL pipeline will create tens of thousands of jobs and lower the price of oil just aren’t true. “This is something Republicans have raised as an issue to lower the price of oil,” Reid told CNN’s Candy…

Mary Matalin: Romney has ‘heart and soul’ of an average American

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may have a net worth of a quarter of a billion dollars, but he has the “heart and soul” of an average American, according to GOP strategist Mary Matalin. ABC host George Stephanopolous on Sunday asked Matalin how serious a problem Romney’s immense wealth would…

Harris-Perry slams Breitbart.com for ‘lies’ on Derrick Bell

New MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry criticized conservative website Breitbart.com for creating controversy over an old video from President Barack Obama’s days as a student at Harvard University Law School. This past week, Breitbart.com indicated that Obama’s introduction and hugging of the late African-American Harvard professor Derrick Bell at a protest…

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