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Stand Your Ground? Texas man kills teacher over noise complaint

A Texas man says he was justified in killing an elementary school teacher over a noise complaint because he was “standing my ground.” Retired firefighter Raul Rodriguez is hoping that a video that he taped himself will prove that he was acting in self-defense when he gunned down P.E. teacher…

Jack and Jill Politics blogger on pay fairness: ‘Transparency is power’

In an interview with The Young Turks‘ Cenk Uygur on Wednesday, Cheryl Contee from JackandJillPolitics.com talks about her own experiences discovering pay discrimination and noted, “transparency is power.” Uygur talked about the proposed Paycheck Fairness Act, which failed in the Senate on Tuesday. Uygur said he agreed with the premise,…

US running out of patience with Pakistan: Panetta

The United States is running out of patience with Pakistan over safe havens for insurgents who attack US troops across the border in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Thursday. Panetta was speaking during a brief visit to Kabul overshadowed by Afghan fury over a NATO air strike that allegedly…

U.S. won’t stop tweeting China air quality readings

WASHINGTON — The United States said that its embassy and consulates in China would not stop tweeting reports on air quality readings in Beijing and Shanghai, which have annoyed the Chinese authorities. “This is an initiative by the embassy in Beijing, by the mission in China, to convey what we…

Maddow doubts whether Democrats can survive flood of dark money

On her show Wednesday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow wondered if Democrats would be able to successfully fight back against unlimited and undisclosed contributions. Maddow first illustrated how tobacco companies were able to successfully battle against a California ballot initiative that would have raised funds for cancer research by adding…

83-year-old woman wins case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, making it the fourth court to do so. The law was challenged by 83-year-old Edith “Edie” Windsor after the federal government failed to recognize her marriage to her partner Thea Spyer, after Spyer’s…

McCain leads lawmaker fury over classified data leaks

WASHINGTON — The White House helped touch off a row with John McCain Wednesday after it said the senior Senate Republican was “grossly irresponsible” for accusing top members of the Obama administration of leaking classified information. McCain, Barack Obama’s rival in the 2008 presidential contest, had blasted the White House…

Anti-porn group declares victory in Groupon boycott

The anti-pornography group Morality in Media announced Wednesday that the online coupon company Groupon had stop doing business with the adult entertainment industry, thanks to the group’s boycott. “Mainstream companies should stay far away from the sexual exploitation and abuse that is part and parcel of the mission of pornography…

Republicans hope Scott Walker’s Wisconsin victory will boost Romney

Republicans have moved swiftly to try to turn their triumph in Wisconsin’s recall election into a springboard for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Party leaders hailed Scott Walker’s crushing blow to both organised labour and Democrats in Tuesday’s vote as a victory whose momentum could take them to the White House.…

Rep. Barney Frank: Wisconsin recall was ‘a big mistake’

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) on Wednesday said it was a bad move for Democrats and unions to attempt to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). “I think the people on the Democratic side made a big mistake and the funding thing was a big deal,” Frank told The Hill. “My…

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