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New CDC report finds stunning suicide increases among middle-aged Americans

JUDY WOODRUFF: There’s been a stunning increase in the suicide rate among middle-aged Americans. The finding is part of a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that spells out how much suicide is a growing public health concern in the U.S. Ray Suarez has more. RAY…

Brutal job search reality for older Americans out of work for six months or more

JEFFREY BROWN: And now back to the jobs picture. Despite the good news in today’s employment report, nearly two million Americans 55 and older are still out of work. Economics correspondent Paul Solman looks at the continuing struggles of the long-term jobless in their 50s. It’s the latest in an…

Author Michael Pollan: ‘If you’re letting a corporation cook it, the odds are you’re not getting healthy food’

JEFFREY BROWN: And finally tonight, what are you having for dinner? Where did it come from? And, most relevant to our topic today, did you prepare it, cook it, yourself? Michael Pollan has been exploring all things food in a series of books. His latest is “Cooked: A Natural History…

Maher: NRA guests Perry, Palin and Nugent are ‘The Axis of A-holes’

The news that Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) was joining other Republican stalwarts at this weekend’s National Rifle Association (NRA) convention struck Real Time host Bill Maher as a perfect fit on Friday. “Ted Nugent is speaking, he’s speaking, Sarah Palin is speaking,” Maher said after playing a clip from…

Chris Matthews chides ‘same-politics marriage’ between NRA and RNC chiefs

MSNBC host Chris Matthews slammed the celebratory tone of the first day of the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual convention on Friday. “[Americans] want a way to stop felons, the criminally insane and wifebeaters, if you will, from getting more firepower,” Matthews said. “Well, forget about all that. The National…

Newtown victim’s mom tells Moyers: ‘Our hearts are broken, our spirit is not’

The mother of one of the victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting told Bill Moyers on Friday she and the other parents bereaved in the December 2012 attack were not discouraged by the Senate’s refusal to pass an amendment expanding background checks on gun purchases. “Our hearts are…

Reporters Without Borders give dictators the finger

In honor of Friday’s World Press Freedom Day, the non-governmental organization Reporters sans frontières (Reporters Without Borders) launched a campaign depicting world-famous dictators giving everyone the finger, or the international equivalent thereof. Agence France Press interviewed the group’s leader, Christophe Deloire, who said that that they want to show how…

Arizona 3-year-old fatally shoots himself in face with meth grandma’s gun

A judge in Arizona on Thursday order a 35-year-old grandmother held in lieu of $500,000 bond after she was charged in the death of her 3-year-old grandson, who allegedly shot himself in the face with her handgun. In a court appearance on Thursday, Yuma Justice of the Peace Greg Stewart…

Fox News guest: Obama ‘encouraging’ statutory rape by supporting birth control

Republican strategist Brad Blakeman on Friday said that President Barack Obama was complicit in encouraging criminal activity because he supported contraception for young women. Last month, a federal judge ordered the Obama administration to make emergency contraception available to girls as young as 15 without a prescription. The Justice Department…

Biden: Rape victims fear being ‘raped again by the system’

At a fundraiser for the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project on Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden said that many sexual assault victims fear getting “raped again by the system,” CBS News reported on Thursday. “You’ll often hear men say, why don’t they just leave?” Biden explained. “I ask them, how many…

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