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Publisher of The Nation warns of perpetual drone war

Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, on Monday warned against approaching the fight against terrorism as a war. “This could be a perpetual war,” she told Viewpoint host Eliot Spitzer. She said the destruction wrought by military operations could actually create more terrorists, leading to a cycle…

Jesse Ventura: GOP and Dems worse than the Bloods and Crips

Monday night on CNN, former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura called for political parties in the United States to be abolished. “We need to abolish the political parties,” he told Piers Morgan. “Make them political action committees.” Ventura compared the Democrats and Republicans to the Bloods and Crips, two notorious Los…

Sen. Carl Levin ‘worried’ by influx of dark money

Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) said Monday that he was anxious about the influence of secret money in the 2012 elections. “The thing that worries me frankly the most is the huge amount of hidden money which is going to get into — it already is in — the Romney campaign,”…

Harvard professor on American society: Everything is up for sale

Harvard University professor Michael Sandel on Monday lamented that almost every aspect of life in the United States was being “sold off to the highest bidder.” “A market economy is a tool, a valuable and effective tool, for organizing productive activity,” he said on PBS Newshour. “But a market society…

The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi thanks ACLU for Social Responsibility in Media Award

The Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi on Friday thanked the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California for giving him the 2012 Social Responsibility in Media Award. He received the award “[f]or his work on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, satirizing and offering commentary on Islamic, Middle Eastern and South…

Pro-hemp protester arrested near White House

David Bronner of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps was arrested outside the White House on Monday while protesting the ban on industrial hemp in the United States. “I had hoped that President Obama would not succumb to drug warriors’ hysteria regarding hemp,” he said. “I really don’t know what else to…

Tony Perkins slams LGBT Pride by proposing ‘Adultery Pride Month’

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins recently compared celebrating LGBT Pride to dedicating a month to rejoice in drunkenness or adultery. “The month of June is Gay Pride Month,” Perkins told a caller named J.R. in radio interview obtained by Right Wing Watch on Monday. “Now, I have not yet…

Brooklyn black elementary principal received racist emails

An unpopular black elementary public school principal in Brooklyn, New York received a barrage of racist hate mail delivered to her over the past weeks, according to The New York Daily News Sunday evening. The mail delivered to PS 90 Principal Greta Hawkins was nothing short of unpleasant and even…

Campaign chairman defends Romney’s ‘wisdom’: ‘You need fewer teachers’

The chairman of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s national steering committee on Monday defended the candidate’s “wisdom” that state and local government needed to “cut back” on teachers, firefighters and police. “Let me respond as a taxpayer, not as a representative of the Romney campaign,” former New Hampshire Gov.…

Romney adviser: Obama to blame for public sector job losses

An adviser to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Monday said that President Barack Obama’s policies were at fault for jobs cuts in the public sector — even though the GOP hopeful recently blasted the president for wanting to hire more firefighters, police and teachers. “He’s the president of…

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