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Propaganda firm owner admits smear campaign against U.S. journalists

The co-owner of a U.S. defense contractor that specializes in Information Operations admitted on Thursday to trying to discredit two USA Today journalists with an online smear campaign. “I take full responsibility for having some of the discussion forums opened and reproducing their previously published USA TODAY articles on them,”…

CNN host probes Tony Perkins: ‘Why do homosexuals bother you so much?’

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins found himself in an awkward situation on Thursday when one CNN host insisted he explain why “homosexuals bother you so much.” When Perkins agreed to appear on CNN to hype his press conference supporting the Defense of Marriage Act, he probably didn’t expect host…

Amazon becomes 18th company to split with ALEC

Amazon.com, the massive online retailer, has become the 18th company to leave the controversial legislative group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), according to Think Progress. In spite of pressure from right-wing websites like Michelle Malkin.com, Breitbart.com and Newsbusters, the company has joined other organizations like PepsiCo, State Farm Insurance…

Romney ‘play by the rules’ ad attacks Obama on China policy

Mitt Romney fired a fresh jab at President Barack Obama Thursday over his China policy, in a new web video vowing to make China “play by the rules” of global trade on his first day in the White House. The Republican presidential candidate sought to play on anti-China sentiment among…

New U.S. unemployment claims down this week

New claims for US unemployment benefits fell last week in a fresh sign that the ailing job market is slowly recovering, official data showed Thursday. Initial jobless claims fell by 2,000 to 370,000 in the week ending May 19, the Labor Department said. The prior week’s number was revised upward…

Secretary Clinton claims U.S. credit for hacking Al-Qaeda’s Yemeni websites

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said US experts scored a cyberwarfare coup by hacking into websites run by Al-Qaeda’s Yemeni branch and changing the message to undermine their propaganda. In a speech in Tampa, Florida late Wednesday, Clinton said the success was staged by the State Department’s new Center for…

CBS reporter smuggles puppy out of Afghanistan war zone

CBS correspondent Lara Logan recently became part of an effort to rescue a puppy named Bill after he was saved by a group of Marines in Afghanistan. But a warning: This story did not have a happy ending for adorable dog. Marines from the 3rd Platoon were on patrol in…

New Orleans Times-Picayune ends daily print editions

The Times-Picayune, the largest newspaper in New Orleans, said Thursday it would end daily print publication, moving to a schedule of three issues per week, to adapt to “an increasingly digital age.” The move creates a new company called the NOLA Media Group which will “significantly increase its online news-gathering…

Chris Christie ally busted for hacking recall website

A Democratic mayor in New Jersey that is closely aligned with Gov. Chris Christie (R) has been taken into custody for allegedly hacking into email accounts and a website of groups leading an effort to force him out of office. West New York Mayor Felix Roque and his son, Joseph…

Los Angeles passes plastic bag ban

The second largest city in the country has voted to adopt a ban on plastic bags in supermarket checkout lines. The Los Angeles city council voted 13-1 on Wednesday to approve a policy that would ban single-use plastic bags, which will be phased out over the next 12 months at…

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