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Top economist: U.S. economy can’t digest force-fed austerity

The U.S. economy cannot digest the austerity measures forced upon it by Congress, warned a top economist at Moody’s Analytics. Chief Economist Mark Zandi told the House Joint Economic Committee on Thursday that he believed the spending cuts and tax increases under discussion in the near term were overdone. “If…

Watch the anti-Obamacare videos that have the Internet creeped out

Creepy Uncle Sam wants you … to opt out of Obamacare. In a pair of new ads funded by Generation Opportunity, a person in a maniacally grinning Uncle Sam mask readies patients for gynecological or prostate exams as the on-screen text warns viewers not to “let government play doctor.” Congressional…

Cost of solar power in U.S. 60 percent lower than in early 2011

The US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research recently released their latest quarterly report regarding the US solar energy market. There are a ton of interesting facts from the report, such…  …

Empathy for military robots could affect outcomes on the battlefield: study

That’s the conclusion of Julie Carpenter, a Ph.D. in education at the University of Washington. Carpenter interviewed 23 explosive ordnance disposal personnel who regularly used robots on the…  …

CEO Tim Cook says Apple won’t go down ‘junk’ electronics road

Apple has no intention of competing in the “junk” segment of the electronics market, chief executive Tim Cook says. In an interview published Thursday as Apple prepared to launch sales of two new iPhones, Cook said he remains unfazed by Apple’s eroding share of the smartphone market. “There’s always a…

Pair dead following apparent road-rage shootout at Michigan car wash

Two central Michigan men are dead in what police are describing as a road-rage shootout. Police said 43-year-old James Pullum and 56-year-old Robert Taylor died Wednesday evening after shooting at one another in the parking lot of a car wash in Ionia, Mich., according to The Grand Rapids Press. Officers…

Armed Russian officers ‘storm’ Greenpeace ship in the Arctic to protest oil exploration

Armed Russian officers stormed Thursday a Greenpeace vessel that is in the Arctic to protest oil exploration by Russian gas giant Gazprom, the environmental group said. “People armed with machine guns have descended on to the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise from a helicopter via ropes,” Greenpeace said in a statement.…

Anti-gay activists accuse Dan Savage of promoting apostasy with gay equality project

A pair of conservative activists denounced an effort by advice columnist Dan Savage to show some Christians support homosexual equality as “apostasy.” Attorney Matt Barber, president of Liberty Counsel Action, hosted anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera on his “Faith and Freedom” webcast to talk about Savage’s NALT Christians Project. The grassroots…

Son of Navy shooting victim frets ‘aching emptiness’ of next seemingly inevitable mass shooting

Chris Gaarde, son of Navy Yard shooting victim Kathy Gaarde, told Cenk Uygur on Wednesday he hoped the tragic incident would prompt action. But he also worried that nothing would change, and the nation would again be faced with yet another mass shooting. “As I try to come to terms…

Family of Florida man run over by police car calls for ex-cop to be charged

The family of a Florida man killed during a police pursuit over a seat belt violation released dashboard camera footage that appears to contradict the medical examiner’s findings. Marlon Brown, 38, died May 8 after investigators said he refused to stop when a Volusia County sheriff’s deputy tried to pull…

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