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Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def) force-fed under Guantánamo procedure, urges Obama to halt Ramadan plan

Islamic leaders call on administration to rethink policy towards hunger-striking detainees during religious fast Islamic community leaders are calling on the Obama administration to rethink its policy of force-feeding hunger-striking detainees in Guantánamo during the month-long fast of Ramadan that begins on Monday. The US government has said that barring…

Ted Cruz’s dad explains why Obama is ‘just like’ Fidel Castro

Speaking to an audience recently at the “Free the People” conference put on by the industry-financed tea party group FreedomWorks, the father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) explained how his ultra conservative worldview helped shape his son’s outlook on President Barack Obama’s policies, which the elder Cruz said are “just…

Bush praises ABC’s Jonathan Karl for never criticizing him

Former President George W. Bush recently commended ABC Senior White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl for never criticizing him while he was in office. In an interview that aired on Sunday, Karl asked Bush if President Barack Obama got a “bad rap” because he had not done enough for Africa. “All…

Tucker Carlson: ‘Cheap student loans keep people out of the labor market’

Fox News host Tucker Carlson came to the conclusion on Sunday that low student loan rates were to blame for long-term joblessness. In an interview on Sunday, conservative economics professor Peter Morici explained that President Barack Obama’s health care reform law had caused a “disaster” because only 47 percent of…

Bush suggests he’s evolving on marriage: Republicans should examine ‘your own heart’

The former Republican president who won his second term by taking advantage of excitement about 2004 ballot measures to ban same sex marriage in Ohio recently hinted that his views may now be softening. President George W. Bush (R) was asked about marriage equality by a reporter in Zambia last…

David Brooks slams ‘intellectually weak’ Republican rep. on immigration

Conservative columnist David Brooks on Sunday explained to Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID) why he and other House Republicans were making a mistake by opposing comprehensive immigration reform over a path to citizenship. “You know, I’ve seen a lot of intellectually weak cases in this town, and I have rarely seen…

Rick Perry: Attack on Wendy Davis was a ‘compliment’

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Sunday asserted that his personal attack against state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) for filibustering an abortion bill even though she had been a teen mother was actually meant to be a “compliment.” In what Slate called “slut-shaming,” Perry had told the National Right to…

BBC reporter shot in the head during Egyptian protests

BBC Middle East bureau editor Jeremy Bowen was shot in the head and leg while covering a demonstration in support of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on Friday, the Huffington Post reported. “I think it was a shotgun,” Bowen told the British newspaper the Daily Mirror. “I got two pellets…

Dozens missing after oil train explosion levels Canadian town center

A series of explosions rocked the town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec late Friday night when a train carrying thousands of tons of crude oil derailed. According to the Canadian Broadcasting Company, the blasts flattened buildings and left at least 60 people missing. Firefighters were still trying to contain the resulting blaze…

Native American rights in play while Iraq vet fights for 3-year-old daughter

An Iraq War veteran who says he mistakenly signed away his parental rights is trying to keep custody of his 3-year-old daughter. According to CBS News, Army National Guardsman Dusten Brown believed that he was signing over custody to his daughter’s mother when he sent a text message and signed…

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