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ALEC legislator uses ‘Occupy pansy’ slur against activist

Georgia lawmaker and former national head of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Earl Ehrhart (R) is not taking kindly to attempts by citizen groups to shed light on his organization.  In today’s Marrietta Daily Journal he lashed out at one activist in particular, calling him “some Occupy pansy sitting…

Black Congresswoman threatened after Beck website posts edited video

An African-American Congresswoman from New York was forced to call the police on Thursday after she says an edited video posted on Glenn Beck’s website incited threats of violence against her. Judith Kargbo, a spokeswoman for Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY), confirmed to Raw Story that the Congresswoman’s office had asked…

Obama threatens to veto booby-trapped student loan bill as Rove pitches youth vote

President Barack Obama threatened on Friday to veto a House Republican bill that would keep government-backed student loan interest rates at their current level because of a poison-pill amendment, even though his veto would play directly into an obvious trap laid by Republican political strategist Karl Rove. President Obama has…

Minnesota’s anti-abortion bill opens up a new front in the War On Women

Anti-abortion groups — who have long-considered medical, or pill abortions, to be one of the biggest threats to their movement’s demonization of abortion and the women who seek them — quietly opened a new front in state legislatures recently to de facto restrict or eliminate access to the less expensive,…

Romney campaign: Obama ‘divides’ America by talking about bin Laden

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign is accusing President Barack Obama of dividing the country when his campaign talks about killing terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. In a new web advertisement, President Bill Clinton says that Obama chose the “more honorable path” by ordering the 2011 attack that resulted…

Tampa asks Rick Scott to ban guns at RNC Convention

The Tampa City Council on Thursday said they would ask Florida Gov. Rick Scott to ban firearms outside the Republican National Convention later this year. The council has already issued a citywide ban on items like pieces of wood, switchblades, slingshots, containers of bodily fluids and even squirt guns. A…

Republicans ram controversial Internet spying bill through House

In a surprise vote last night, House Republicans overwhelmingly chose to ram through a massive Internet spying bill that will enable corporations to share their network users’ personal information with the National Security Agency (NSA) for “cybersecurity” purposes. The Cyber Intelligence Protection and Sharing Act (CISPA) was originally set for…

DOD to move 9,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam

The United States is to shift 9,000 Marines out of Japan in a move Washington hopes will ease sometimes fractious relations with its ally over a huge American military presence. The redeployment, which will see troops moved to Guam, Hawaii and Australia, will go ahead regardless of any progress on…

U.S. environmental official apologizes for ‘crucify’ gaffe

An official from the environmental protection agency has apologised for advising staff to pursue harsh punishment or “crucify” companies that break environmental laws. The embarrassing episode – which came to light through the efforts of the Republican senator Jim Inhofe – has been a godsend for the GOP’s efforts to…

Panetta hopes Israeli general ‘correct’ on Iran

SANTIAGO — US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Thursday he hopes that statements from Israel’s military chief describing Iran’s leadership as rational were “correct.” Israeli Lieutenant General Benny Gantz told the Haaretz newspaper on Wednesday that the Iranian leadership “is composed of very rational people,” and that while Tehran…

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