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Sequestration threatens U.S. flood-warning system

Oregon and Idaho each had to shut down three water gauges due to automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration. Watch how Idaho relies on these water gauges, from tracking drought conditions to determining stream levels for salmon. Video by Seth Ogilvie/Idaho Public…  …

Economist: Deficits nothing but a politically useful hammer to beat up Obama

University of Massachusetts economist Richard Wolff on Tuesday explained that obsession over the federal deficit was based in politics, not economics. Wolff said on the David Pakman Show that the government could not improve a struggling economy by cutting its spending. As the single biggest consumer, the government only reduced…

Oklahoma public school removes Ten Commandments plaques from classrooms

Muldrow Public Schools in Oklahoma has decided to remove Ten Commandments plaques that were displayed in nearly every classroom. “The commandments have been there ever since I can remember, ever since elementary school,” Muldrow senior Blakely Palafox told News On 6. “I think it’s actually kind of stupid to take…

Jon Stewart’s Iranian journalist friend: Regime uses ‘sick’ homoerotic torture for ‘entertainment’

An Iranian journalist who’s now the subject of comedian Jon Stewart’s upcoming film “Rosewater” told “The Daily Show” host and a crowd gathered by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) last week that he and others have endured “sick” homoerotic torture, apparently for their captors’ mere “entertainment.” Maziar Bahari was…

South Carolina sued for removing male genitals of ‘hermaphrodite’ toddler

The adopted parents of a boy in South Carolina announced on Tuesday that they were suing the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS), social workers and doctors for forcing their son, who was born with both male and female sex organs, to undergo sexual-reassignment surgery when he was 16-months-old.…

Christian radio host blames ‘leftists’ and ‘sex education’ for drug-resistant gonorrhea

Conservative Christian radio host Matt Barber on Tuesday said that liberals and “comprehensive sex education” had caused a new strain of gonorrhea that is resistant to traditional treatments. Earlier this year, the Center for Disease Control warned that a strain of gonorrhea had developed a resistance to the antibiotic cephalosporin,…

Maddow guest: Justice Department surveillance of AP ‘positively Nixonian’

On Monday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the Justice Department’s decision to seize the phone records of reporters from the Associated Press. After giving a run-down of the global headlines of the day, and calling Monday “one of those days where the news “was…

Bachmann urges ‘spiritual warfare’ to impose religious values on government

Speaking to the Liberty Council’s “The Awakening 2013″ conference last month, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) urged a religious crowd to focus on “spiritual warfare” in their continuing fight to impose religious values on government. “You see, if we retreat from our values and fail to make the case on issues…

Cheney: Benghazi ‘one of the worst incidents that I can recall’

The man who was vice president during the Sept. 11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in 2001 says that last year’s attack in Benghazi was “one of the worst incidences, frankly, that I can recall in my career.” In an interview on Fox News on Monday, former Vice President…

Pelosi: If Boehner were a woman he’d be labeled ‘the weakest Speaker in history’

Appearing on Monday night’s episode of “All In with Chris Hayes,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that if her Republican counterpart, House Speaker John Boehner, were a woman, “they’d be calling him the weakest Speaker in history.” Hayes asked Pelosi, “Is John Boehner a weak speaker?” Pelosi smiled.…

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