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White House hopeful Jill Stein: Time to empty prisons of non-violent marijuana users

Speaking at Seattle’s Hempfest last week, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein voiced her support for marijuana legislation. Stein, a long-time physician and teacher, said the first thing she would do as president would be to direct the Drug Enforcement Administration to declassify marijuana as a Schedule I substance, the…

Bryan Fischer: Todd Akin right about ‘real, genuine rape’

Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association on Monday insisted that Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) was right to claim women could not become pregnant from “legitimate rape.” “What Todd Akin is talking about is when you’ve got a real, genuine rape. A case of forcible rape, a case of assault,…

Romney team releases new version of widely discredited welfare ad

Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign on Monday released a new advertisement that repeats claims that have been widely been denounced as untrue. “Since 1996, welfare recipients were required to work. This bipartisan reform successfully reduced welfare rolls. Only July 12, Obama quietly ended the work requirement, gutting welfare reform. One of…

Romney wishes to live in New Hampshire and ‘save some tax dollars’

Mitt Romney may have a lower effective tax rate than many middle-class Americans, but he’s still dreaming of ways to pay even less. At a town hall-style event in Manchester, New Hampshire on Monday, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee told supporters that he could “save me some tax dollars” if…

Jay Smooth: Rappers should be free to collaborate

Hip-hop DJ and activist Jay Smooth called for rappers to be allowed the same freedom to work together that lyricists in other genres enjoy, as he weighed in on the debate over whether Nas, one of rap’s preeminent MCs used ghostwriters years ago. “For the hip-hop world, this is a…

Akin apologizes: ‘I was talking about forcible rape’

The Republican Senate candidate from Missouri on Monday said he had made “serious mistakes” by claiming that women could not get pregnant from “legitimate rape.” In his first interview since telling KTVI-TV that “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Todd Akin expressed his…

Obama admonishes Akin: ‘Rape is rape’

Update (below): House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) condemns Republicans for partnering with Akin Speaking to reporters during Monday’s daily press briefing, President Barack Obama admonished Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) for suggesting that women do not get pregnant in cases of “legitimate rape,” seizing on the comments as a chance to…

Bill Kristol: ‘Kinda weird’ Romney pays lower tax rate than middle-class people

Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol on Monday admitted that it was “kinda weird” that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s tax rate was only around 13 percent when most middle-class people paid significantly more. “The custom over the last 20-30 years, I suppose, has been to release at least a…

Rape victims speak up against Akin’s ‘legitimate rape’ comment

As Missouri Republican senatorial candidate Todd Akin scrambles to salvage himself from becoming a political football, the outrage over his stupefying comments regarding “legitimate rape” continues to grow. “It was like I had been slapped,” a St. Louis-area rape victim told KTVI-TV. “I heard that comment and I just began…

Report: FBI informant armed and trained Black Panthers

A video published Monday by the Center for Investigative Reporting reveals that the man responsible for arming and training members of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s did so while acting as a federal informant. According to reporter Seth Rosenfeld, Richard Aoki was approached by FBI agent Burney Threadgill…

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