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Media critic: Fox’s ‘goddamn ratings’ won’t ever impress me to hire their employees

The Baltimore Sun‘s television critic David Zurawik offered no professional sympathy for anyone who works at Fox News or anywhere else in the News Corp empire Saturday afternoon. In an interview with Media Matters Radio, Zurawik added to his heavy criticism about the network for its Fox & Friends morning…

1,200 firefighters tackle record-breaking U.S. blaze

Over 1,200 firefighters battling New Mexico’s largest wildfire in history rappelled from helicopters Saturday to extinguish blazes in rugged mountains and canyons, authorities said. The Whitewater-Baldy Complex blaze has burned through 227,000 acres (92,000 hectares) and is only 15 percent contained, although “substantial progress” has been made as firefighters race to extinguish the massive…

Florida suspends Gov. Scott’s voter purge efforts

Florida’s election supervisors announced their decision Friday evening to stop the controversial effort of Governor Rick Scott’s (R) administration removing names off the state’s voter rolls, according to The Palm Beach Post. Spurred by the Department of Justice delivered a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner that the…

U.S. naval fleet to shift towards Pacific

The United States will shift the bulk of its naval fleet to the Pacificby 2020 as part of a new strategic focus on Asia, Pentagon chief Leon Panetta told a summit in Singapore on Saturday. The decision to gradually deploy more ships to the Pacific Ocean, along with expanding a network of military partnerships, was part…

Romney financial filing shows he’s still mighty rich

Republican Mitt Romney is not the wealthiest American to run for president, but he is undoubtedly a member of the mega-rich, according to disclosure forms he filed Friday with US authorities. The Romney campaign pegged his net worth at between $190 million and $250 million — not quite the billionaire status of Ross Perot,…

U.S. officials urge hurricane preparation

The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season officially began Friday — and although the forecast is for a “less active” season than in the past, US officials urged residents to prepare for the worst. Officials raised the specter of Hurricane Andrew, the powerful storm that ripped up south Florida 20 years ago during a year of…

Clinton in Arctic to see impact of climate change

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took a first hand look Saturday at the way a warming climate is changing the Arctic, opening a once frozen region to competition for vast oil reserves. Experts here estimate the value of the Arctic’s untapped oil alone — not including natural gas and…

Daring raid frees aid workers in Afghanistan

NATO special forces rescued two foreign women and killed five kidnappers in a “breathtaking” pre-dawn raid Saturday on a cave in Afghanistan’s remote and mountainous Badakhshan province. The women, who worked for Swiss-based charity Medair, were named as Briton Helen Johnston, 28, and Kenyan Moragwe Oirere, 26. Two Afghan colleagues…

Protest groups converge to denounce secretive Bilderberg conference

Annual off-the-record finance gathering attracts protesters from disparate groups, but they often have a similar goal in mind The gathering outside the Westfield Marriott hotel in Chantilly included Ron Paul supporters, Occupy veterans, members of the 9/11 truth movement and Oath Keepers, a Tea Party-affiliated group comprised of military and…

American nuns’ group signals opposition to Vatican overhaul

The group that represents Catholic sisters in the United States signaled Friday it would challenge a Vatican attempt to pull its doctrine closer toward conservative church policy. In a statement, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious said it would send a high-level delegation to Rome on June 12 to meet…

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