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Coloradoans likely to vote in November on Citizens United ruling

Activist groups announced Monday that more than 100,000 signatures had been collected for a Colorado ballot measure calling for the controversial Citizens United ruling to be overturned. “Unlimited corporate money in elections has only recently flooded American politics, but this initiative is part of a long history of citizens making…

New York Times complains NYPD assaulted a photographer

The New York Times has complained to the city’s police department after one of its photographers said he was assaulted by officers who arrested him on Saturday. Robert Stolarik, a freelance photographer, claimed a New York Police Department (NYPD) officer “slammed” his camera into his face before he was dragged…

Guitar-maker Gibson pays $350,000 over illegal woods

Guitar-maker Gibson agreed to pay a settlement of $350,000 to avoid criminal charges for importing illegally harvested wood, the Justice Department announced on Monday. A penalty of $300,000 will go to the government, with an additional $50,000 earmarked for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to promote tree conservation, the…

HHS includes trans people in health care rule that bans sex discrimination

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) clarified recently that the much-touted rule that says health insurance companies can not discriminate based on sex also extends to trans people. “This anti-discrimination law, enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act, creates an important new tool to combat anti-LGBT and…

Maryland cop caught on video hitting handcuffed man

A police officer in Laurel, Maryland is under investigation after a witness came forward with video of him repeatedly striking a handcuffed man in the head. Craig Reddix provided NBC Washington with video he shot outside the Laurel Station Bar and Grill, where police were responding to reports of a…

Adelson lobbies Romney to free U.S.-held Israeli spy: report

Conservative mega-donor Sheldon Adelson recently pressed presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to call for the release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, unnamed sources close to the two men reportedly told Daily Beast reporters Eli Lake and Dan Ephron. The report comes just days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with…

Innocent deaf woman Tased and jailed for days without interpreter in Tacoma

An innocent deaf woman in Tacoma, Washington says that police shocked her with a Taser and then put her in jail for almost three days with no interpreter after she called 911 to report a guest had attacked her in her own apartment. Lashonn White told KIRO that she called…

Pat Robertson: Sikh temple massacre because ‘atheists hate God’

Televangelist Pat Robertson on Monday reviewed the case of a shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that left at least seven dead and came to the conclusion that places of worship were being attacked because “people who are atheists, they hate God.” Robertson opened Monday’s 700 Club broadcast with…

Obama adviser took large payment from Iran-affiliated firm

Obama adviser David Plouffe is on the defensive this week after reporting in The Washington Post revealed that he received $100,000 in speaker’s fees from an affiliate of a telecommunications company that’s done business in Iran. The fees reportedly came from an affiliate of the MTN Group, a telecommunications provider that operates across…

Missouri mosque destroyed in suspicious fire

For the second time in about a month, a mosque in Joplin, Missouri caught fire on Monday, but this time it was burned to the ground. KODE first reported that firefighters responded to a fire at the Islamic Center of Joplin, but the flames quickly spread and engulfed the building.…

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