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Judge refuses to dismiss Bradley Manning charges

Bradley Manning has failed to persuade a military judge to throw out half of the counts against him in a pre-trial hearing before his court martial for allegedly leaking hundreds of thousands of state secrets to WikiLeaks. Colonel Denise Lind, presiding over the proceedings at Fort Meade in Maryland, rejected…

Arrests of reporters at Occupy Wall Street eviction ‘a total myth’ says NYPD

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly wants people to know that anyone who thinks badly of his department is simply misinformed. In an interview published Thursday in the Queens Chronicle, Kelly defended both the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactics and its spying on members of the Muslim community. He also inisted…

House passes Homeland Security bill with meaningless anti-abortion rider

Republicans in the House of Representatives attached an anti-abortion rider to a Homeland Security spending bill Thursday. The provision would do nothing to change existing policy and is unlikely to make it past the Senate, but it is seen as sending an election-year message to the lawmakers’ conservative constituents. In…

Female congressional candidates at Netroots Nation: War on Women is real

Friday Massachusetts Senate candidate and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau champion Elizabeth Warren garnered a standing ovation twice at liberal blogger get-together Netroots Nation in Providence, Rhode Island. Her speech, a stump adapted for a lefty audience, earned the biggest cheers when she drew a clear line in the sand between progressives…

U.S. civil rights commission to investigate ‘stand your ground’ laws for racial bias

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights voted on Friday to review so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws nationwide to determine if they have a racial bias. According to Ryan J. Reilly of Talking Points Memo, the commission voted 5-3 in favor of reviewing laws like the one cited as a defense…

Scientists host NASA bake sale

Could some really great cupcakes be enough to send Americans back to the Moon? More than a dozen US universities are hosting events on Saturday to urge support for the cash-strapped space agency, which faces major cuts to its planetary programs in fiscal year 2013. Ranging from shoe shines to…

Study: Nearly 14 million young Americans insured after health reforms

President Barack Obama’s package of health reforms has not yet been fully implemented, but nearly 14 million young Americans are already benefiting from it due to one change in particular that took effect immediately, according to market research published Friday. The Affordable Care Act changed a rule regarding who can…

Romney: Obama didn’t ‘get the message of Wisconsin’ about cutting teachers, firefighters

Update: Obama campaign goes after Romney for remarks. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Friday said that President Barack Obama’s call to hire more police, firefighters and teachers proved that he didn’t “get the message” from Republican wins in the recent Wisconsin recall elections. During a press conference earlier…

University of Georgia professor arrested for prostitution

A 65-year-old professor of German language and literature at the University of Georgia has been arrested and charged with prostitution and running a house of prostitution in the Atlanta suburb of Gwinnett County. According to the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Max Reinhart (not to be confused with Austrian-American theater director…

Cavuto: Cut union pensions because they don’t need ‘Chateaubriand’ steak every night

Fox News host Neil Cavuto says that it’s time for state and local governments to begin cutting union pensions because people don’t need to have expensive Chateaubriand steaks “every night.” After voters in San Jose on Tuesday approved steep cuts to public worker pensions, police officers and firefighters in the…

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