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Moyers: ‘Obama’s cold-blooded use of drones’ shows ‘seeming indifference’ to ‘innocent bystanders’

Bill Moyers criticized the government’s drone program in a video essay as he discussed a new “chilling account” of the “indiscriminate” attacks. On Feb. 5, The New York Times published an article on Obama’s choice to lead the CIA, John Brennan, which began with the story of cleric Salem Ahmed…

Amish leader sentenced to 15 years for beard-cutting attacks

The leader of an Amish cult — who allegedly ordered followers to forcibly cut the beards and hair of those who criticized his leadership — was sentenced to 15 years in prison, reported the Associated Press. The 67-year-old Samuel Mullet Sr. was convicted not just of assault but of hate…

Horsemeat lasagna in Britain sparks European food scare

Britain’s horsemeat lasagne food scare spread to several other European countries on Friday as officials said they suspected criminal activity was behind the growing scandal. Swedish food giant Findus withdrew various frozen meals from France and Sweden, a day after withdrawing frozen beef lasagne from sale in Britain that was…

Glenn Beck: Media and Occupy sit ‘closer to the communists’ than Democratic Party

On his program on Thursday night, Glenn Beck illustrated his views on politics and freedom in America — literally. Creating a spectrum of the “scale of freedom,” he argued that “People are fleeing the parties. And they are standing somewhere in-between.” On Beck’s spectrum, the Democratic Party stands close to…

White House issues doomsday survey of sequestration impacts

The White House warned Friday that billions of dollars in automatic budget cuts set to kick in on March 1 were a “blunt” instrument that could wreak deep damage to the already fragile US economy. In the latest and most vehement warning over the impending cuts to domestic and defense…

Democrats: We won’t sell voter data for commercial use

by Lois Beckett State Democratic parties will not sell data about voters’ opinions to for-profit corporations, according to a statement released Friday by the head of a Democratic data-marketing co-op. “While such a sale is certainly a hypothetical possibility, it’s not one we intend to explore,” Ray Buckley, the board…

Moyers guest: Internet company ‘bullies’ charge ‘a lot’ for access but give ‘second class access’

Bill Moyers sat down with Susan Crawford, a former special assistant to President Obama in science, technology and innovation and the author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, to discuss internet inequality — and how internet providers grossly overcharge for subpar internet…

Florida judge allows three parental names on birth certificate

A judge in Florida allowed the birth certificate of a baby girl to include the names of three parents — two married women and the sperm donor, reported Reuters. After trying fertility clinics a few times, married couple Maria Italiano and Cher Filippazzo asked Italiano’s hair dresser to provide his…

Rand Paul to give tea party response to State of the Union

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) will deliver the tea party’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address, scheduled for Feb. 12. The Tea Party Express began issuing their own responses to the annual speech in 2011 with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). Sen. Paul is the son of former Rep.…

Relay failure caused Super Bowl blackout

An electrical relay device installed at the Superdome to help prevent blackouts failed and caused the power outage that shut down the Super Bowl, the suppliers said on Friday. Lights went out in the stadium early in the third quarter of the National Football League’s championship spectacle last Sunday, halting…

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