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Maher on Hagel: Based on GOP statements ‘the Israelis are controlling our government’

On Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday, the host took issue with Senate Republican’s blocking of Chuck Hagel’s confirmation as Secretary of Defense — actions which have been called unprecedented by Democrats, although USA Today reports that leading senators claim that they will allow a vote the week of…

Carnival cruise ship passengers’ parting gift: bathrobes

The 4,000-plus exhausted passengers who lived a hellish four-day ordeal aboard the powerless and drifting Carnival Triumph cruise ship won’t be left completely empty handed. The cruise company is making a gift to the travelers of the bathrobes they were using on the ship, the company announced Friday. “Of course…

New York City marks 5 years of handing out free condoms

New York City this week marked the fifth anniversary of a groundbreaking free condom program that has distributed tens of millions free rubbers, under the racy slogan “NYC Condoms — Get Some!” NYC brand Condoms, launched on Valentine’s Day 2007 by the city’s health department, were the first to be…

EU approves testing plan to end horsemeat scandal

The European Union has agreed the immediate launch of tests for horse DNA in meat products, seeking to reassure nervous consumers that their food is safe and to end the horsemeat scandal spreading across Europe. The test programme will also look for the presence of phenylbutazone, an anti-inflammatory treatment for…

Breast cancer study suggests new treatment could slow aggressive tumors

New research into cancer growth has pinpointed a mechanism that impacts the aggressiveness of breast cancer tumors, according to a Scripps Research Institute study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. It’s an important finding because doctors often find it difficult to figure out if a particular tumor will become…

Ex-lawmaker Jesse Jackson Jr could face up to 57 months in prison

US prosecutors filed fraud and conspiracy charges against former US congressman Jesse Jackson Jr, who stands accused of diverting $750,000 of campaign funds for his personal use. Related to the investigation into Jackson’s misuse of funds, his wife Sandra Jackson was charged with submitting false tax returns, according to documents…

Tennessee lawmaker sponsors ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill in state House

A Tennessee lawmaker has sponsored the infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill in the state House, according to the website The New Civil Rights Movement — the same bill that was introduced in the state Senate a few weeks ago. Rep. John Ragan (R) filed HB1332 on Thursday. A few weeks…

Boeing stands by lithium-ion batteries after incidents

US aerospace giant Boeing said Friday it will continue to use lithium-ion batteries, despite rival Airbus saying it would avoid them following two incidents on the Boeing 787. “Boeing is confident in the safety and reliability of lithium-ion batteries,” said Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel. “Our years of experience and deep…

Moyers guest: Public campaign financing pushes voters to ‘have a little skin in the game’

Bill Moyers had Dan Cantor, the executive director of the progressive Working Families Party and Jonathan Soros, a lawyer and senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, on his show to discuss how to stop money from heavily influencing politics — specifically, public campaign financing. Soros said that reforms regarding money…

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