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Dick Cheney receives heart transplant: aide

Former Vice President Dick Cheney received a heart transplant Saturday afternoon at a Virginia hospital, according to the Associated Press. Cheney, who suffered his fifth heart attack in 2010, did not know the identity of the heart donor after waiting 20 months for the operation, as told to the AP…

Thousands of U.S. atheists turn out for ‘Reason Rally’

Thousands of atheists, agnostics and other non-believers turned out in the US capital on Saturday to celebrate their rejection of the idea of God and to claim a bigger place in public life. The Reason Rally, sponsored by 20 atheist, secular and humanist groups, was billed as a “coming-out” party in the heart…

Man climbs New York Times building for newspaper

New York City police said that a man tried to climb atop The New York Times‘ building for a copy of a newspaper Saturday morning, making it up to the 5th floor before being captured, according to The New York Post. Authorities received a call at 7 A.M. about the…

Public camps at U.S. high court for health hearing

A dozen people camped out in front of the US Supreme Courtovernight into Saturday to make sure they would get a first glimpse of a historic hearing into the president’s health reform law next week. About 50 seats have been reserved for the public in the courtroom to hear the Supreme Court’s…

DNC chair: Repeal ‘Stand Your Ground’ law

Democratic National Committee chairperson and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has called publicly for the repeal of the so-called “Stand Your Ground” law, according to a post at Talking Points Memo’s Livewire blog. The controversial law broadened the definition of what is considered acceptable force for private citizens to use when…

11.5 million undocumented immigrants in U.S.

Some 11.5 million foreigners are living in the United States without proper immigration documents, according to estimates released Friday by the US Department of Homeland Security. The figures, as of January 2011, show little difference from the 11.6 million figure published in 2010. “These results suggest little to no change…

Thousands march in Philadelphia to protest Trayvon Martin killing

Thousands of people marched in Philadelphia to protest the shooting in Florida of an unarmed black teenager, joining a growing national storm over racism. The unusually large demonstration for Philadelphia, which was comprised mostly of African Americans, followed protests in Florida and New York. The protests are dubbed “Million Hoodie…

Bill Moyers and Andrew Bacevich discuss ‘neo-con armchair warriors’ and the futility of ‘endless’ war

To mark the nine-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, this week’s episode of Moyers & Company featured a fascinating discussion with West Point graduate, Vietnam vet and scholar Andrew Bacevich. Bacevich is the noted author of the best-seller The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. Host…

Newt Gingrich calls Obama comment on Trayvon Martin ‘disgraceful’

Most observers took President Obama’s comment that the killing of Trayvon Martin hit him particularly hard because “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon” as a very normal human reaction. However, at least one person — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich — found it “disgraceful” and “appalling” that…

Internal email shows Corzine ordered funds transfer as MF Global collapsed

In a shocking new revelation concerning last fall’s collapse of New York brokerage firm MF Global, it has been learned that CEO Jon S. Corzine personally ordered the transfer of $200 million out of a customer fund to cover an overdraft at one of the firm’s own accounts with JPMorgan…

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