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Jose Antonio Vargas: Americans have profound misunderstanding of immigration

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas on Thursday said the immigration system was fundamentally broken. “Ordinary Americans have such a profound misunderstanding of what this issue is and who we exactly are,” he told CBS News. The Filipino writer — who has has worked for The San Francisco Chronicle, The…

Indonesian man jailed for posting ‘God does not exist’ on Facebook

An Indonesian man who professed his atheism online was sentenced on Thursday to serve two years and six months in prison, according to the Jakarta Post. Thirty-year-old Alexander Aan was assaulted by a mob and arrested after posting “God does not exist” on Facebook earlier this year. He was found…

Washington parent: Sex education is ‘just the same as raping somebody’

Parents in Washington state — and a few conservative websites — are outraged after an elementary school principal described sex acts during a sexual education class last week. According to KCPQ, the principal of Onalaska Elementary School was talking to 11- and 12-year-old students about HIV and sexually transmitted diseases…

Anti-LGBT leader: Same sex adoption is ‘a form of sexual abuse’

The director of issues of the anti-LGBT rights group American Family Association (AFA) on Wednesday claimed that kids were facing “a form of sexual abuse” when they were adopted by same sex couples. During his Wednesday radio program Focal Point, Bryan Fischer pointed to a debunked study that suggested children…

Warren: Americans ‘understand the game is rigged’

Speaking to MSNBC host Chris Matthews on Wednesday evening, Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren (D) said that in her time on the campaign trail, she’s realized that most Americans “understand the game is rigged,” and that “they’re ready for somebody to get out there and talk to them about it.”…

Meghan McCain says she doesn’t use marijuana… frequently

The daughter of former Republican presidential nominee John McCain says she supports the legalization of marijuana, but doesn’t use the drug — at least not “frequently.” Meghan McCain on Tuesday explained to NBC host Jay Leno why she made the decision to support marijuana legalization in her latest book, America,…

Sen. Sanders blasts conflicts of interest at the Federal Reserve

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday explained the importance of ending conflicts of interest at the Federal Reserve. Jamie Dimon, the CEO and chairman of JPMorgan Chase, serves on the New York Fed’s board of directors. The Fed supervises the financial sector and decides whether to provide bank holding companies with…

Colin Powell regrets U.N. speech justifying the Iraq invasion

During an interview with The Daily Show host Jon Stewart, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said he regretted telling the United Nations that Iraq was harboring weapons of mass destruction. “I, of course, regret the U.N. speech that I gave,” he said, “which became the prominent presentation of our…

Sen. Wyden pushes to repeal ‘outrageous’ ban on industrial hemp

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden on Wednesday called on Congress to repeal the ban on industrial hemp production, framing the ban as a restriction on free enterprise. “This in my view is a textbook example of a regulation that flunks the common sense test,” he said on the Senate floor. “There…

Tea party senator wants JPMorgan CEO to ‘guide’ Congress on banking regulation

Tea party favorite Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) on Wednesday asked JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, who recently announced that his company had lost at least $2 billion in the derivative market, to “guide” Congress in creating friendly banking regulations. During a U.S. Senate Banking Committee hearing, DeMint told Dimon that lawmakers…

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