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Obama administration eyes executive action to combat online piracy

The Obama administration is soliciting recommendations for internal policy changes, or possibly even an executive order, that would be aimed at combating online piracy in the U.S. and abroad, Raw Story has learned. After the failure of the Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) earlier this year, congressional…

Judge rules Florida may continue voter purge

A federal judge in Tallahassee on Wednesday rejected a request to force the state of Florida to halt it’s non-citizen voter purge program. Earlier this month, Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department had asked the court to block the purge based on the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which says that…

Bachmann: Blame Democrats if health care ruling makes costs rise

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is already pre-blaming Democrats if health care costs go up because the Supreme Court strikes down all or part of President Barack Obama’s health care reform law on Thursday. Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on Wednesday asked the Minnesota congresswoman what Republicans were “going to say…

ACLU backs Georgia KKK’s ‘Adopt-A-Highway’ effort

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has confirmed that they are representing a Georgia Ku Klux Klan (KKK) group who was not allowed to join the state’s Adopt-A-Highway program. The International Keystone Knights of the KKK in Union County recently applied to “adopt” one mile of Route 515, located in…

Study: ‘Stand your ground’ laws result in an additional 4 to 7 killings per month

A working paper (PDF) released this week with the National Bureau of Economics Research found that states that have passed controversial “Stand Your Ground” laws, such as the one George Zimmerman is using as his defense to charges that he killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida this February, actually ended…

Former neo-Nazi band: Marijuana changed us to ‘peace-loving hippies’

Two blue-eyed, blonde-haired twins who were members a neo-Nazi band at the age of 11 now credit medical marijuana with turning them into “peace-loving hippies.” Lamb and Lynx Gaede, who created the band Prussian Blue in 2003, told the Daily Mirror that they now both had medical marijuana cards and…

Suspended Politico reporter: Breitbart media ‘in the business of gathering scalps’

Suspended Politico reporter Joe Williams on Monday accused conservative publications like the late Andrew Breitbart’s Big Media and Tucker Carlson’s The Daily Caller of acting like a “schoolyard bully” by deliberately targeting him after he said GOP hopeful Mitt Romney was more comfortable around “white folks.” Speaking out for the…

Bill would make it a crime to knowingly mislead voters about elections

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday began discussing a bill that would make it a federal crime to knowingly mislead voters as to the time and place of a public election — an effort Democrats say will help crack down on voter intimidation and disenfranchisement due to dirty political tricks.…

UN asked to probe Guantanamo torture of 9/11 chief

Lawyers for self-confessed September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed revealed they have asked the UN to investigate their client’s alleged torture at Guantanamo Bay military jail. On the UN’s International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Mohammed’s defense team revealed they had sent a “Letter of Allegation” to Juan…

Obama sounds alarm over Romney campaign cash

MIAMI — US President Barack Obama, renowned as a champion fundraiser who piled up $750 million in 2008, warned supporters he would be outspent by his foe Mitt Romney in this year’s election. The president lashed the Republican for huddling last weekend at a “secretive retreat” for rich donors and…

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