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Krugman: Recession ‘gratuitous’ because if Congress created jobs program it ‘would all be over’

Paul Krugman, the New York Times columnist, economics professor at Princeton University and Nobel prize winner talked to Bill Moyers on Jan. 11 about what he believes is the best path forward to a strong economic recovery. Moyers started by noting that 235,000 signed a petition that said Krugman should…

Satanists organize rally in support of Florida governor Rick Scott

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s stance on religious liberty likely won accolades from conservative Evangelicals, but he was probably not expecting to be lauded by Satanists as well. Yet a group of Satanists in the Sunshine State will actually hold a rally in support of Scott on Jan. 25, reported Politicker.…

Porn film makers sue over LA condom law

US porn filmmakers sued Los Angeles County on Friday over a new law requiring adult movie actors to wear condoms on set, arguing that it is unconstitutional. The lawsuit was filed in federal court by porn giant Vivid Entertainment, Califa Productions and actors Kayden Kross and Logan Pierce against so-called…

Woman convicted of child pornography linked to anti-gay group

A woman will receive at least 25 years in prison after being convicted of videotaping two men having sex with her 14-year-old daughter, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Biron claimed on her Facebook page (which has been removed) that she had worked with the Alliance Defending Freedom, which…

Facebook tests charging $100 to send Mark Zuckerberg a message

Facebook confirmed Friday it was dabbling with charging members as much as $100 to get messages to the inboxes of strangers such as social network co-founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg. “We are testing some extreme price points to see what works to filter spam,” Facebook said in response to an…

DREAM activist’s mother and brother arrested after raid (UPDATED)

Immigration officials arrested the family of an activist fighting for immigration reform on Thursday, reported Talking Points Memo. After raiding the home of Erika Andiola — who co-founded the DRM Action Coalition and is an outspoken advocate of the DREAM Act, which would offer young undocumented individuals a pathway to…

Key witness in Bradley Manning WikiLeaks trial defends Reddit thread

Lauren McNamara says ‘none of this is private information’ while discussing her online conversations with Manning in 2009 A former confidante of the WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning has defended her decision to hold an online Q&A about the soldier’s forthcoming trial, despite her having been named as a key defence…

State suspends gun permit for CEO who said he would ‘start killing people’ over gun control

The CEO of a weapons and tactical training company has had his gun permit suspended by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security after he published a video on YouTube in which he threatened to “start killing people” if President Obama pushes forward with increased gun control, reported News…

Congress sets Obama ‘State of the Union’ speech for February 12

US President Barack Obama will give his annual “state of the union” speech to Congress on February 12, the White House said Friday. The administration agreed to House Speaker John Boehner’s formal invitation to the president to address both chambers of Congress barely three weeks after Obama is sworn in…

Prisoner 552, Fayez al-Kandari, still waiting for Obama to make good on 2008 promise to close Gitmo

US President Barack Obama begins his second term having failed to honor a promise from his first to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, to the bitter regret of prisoner 552, Fayez al-Kandari. The 34-year-old Kuwaiti, accused by US authorities of being an advisor to slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin…

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