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Corporations get tax breaks thanks to ‘Citizens United’

by Justin Elliott, ProPublica, March 19, 2012, 1:45 p.m. The Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision opened up the way for unlimited corporate spending on politics and has led to the proliferation of non-profit political groups that do not have to disclose the identities of their donors. But it turns…

Romney: ‘I don’t see how a young American can vote for a Democrat’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he can’t understand why so many young people vote Democratic. During a speech on economic freedom at the University of Chicago on Monday, the candidate was asked to address crippling student loans and the high unemployment rate for younger Americans. “I joke and I…

Atheists use ‘unholy water’ to ‘unbless’ Florida highway

Atheists gathered in Polk County, Florida on Sunday used “unholy water” to wash away a blessing placed on a highway by a religious group one year ago. “We come in peace,” Humanists of Florida Association (HFA) director Mark Palmer shouted to a group assembled to “unbless” Highway 98. “Now that’s…

GOP gubernatorial candidate wrote book on soliciting prostitutes

A Republican candidate for governor in Montana also turns out to be an expert on “illicit pleasures” like gambling, drugs and prostitution. In a recent interview, Neil Livingstone, who bills himself as a counterterrorism expert, admitted to The Associated Press that he had been on a yacht where his wife…

U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider life imprisonment for juveniles

Ed Pilkington, guardian.co.uk When Quantel Lotts was 17 he put together a makeshift tattoo gun using the motor of an old Walkman casette player and a stylus fashioned from a sharpened staple. Then he asked a fellow inmate to etch two words in Gothic script down each of his outer…

Mortgage-backed securities that brought about the financial crisis earned the U.S. Treasury $25 billion

The US Treasury said Monday it had earned $25 billion from investments it made in mortgage-backed securities during the height of the financial crisis in 2008-2009. Announcing the completion of its disposal of its position in the securities, which were at the center of the meltdown of the financial system,…

Issa heckled at bank hearing: ‘Shame on you!’

At an unusual congressional hearing in Brooklyn on Monday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) was interrupted by protesters who claimed he had favored banks over people. “We want you to go and fight for us!” one woman shouted. “Vote for the people that elected you!…

Tennessee bill would force state to publicly name abortion doctors

A new bill headed for a vote by a Tennessee House committee this week targets abortion providers by requiring the state’s Department of Health to publish detailed information about doctors on a public website. Known as H.B. 3308, or the “Life Defense Act of 2012,” the bill would not actually…

Trayvon Martin’s mother: Shooter ‘responding to the color of his skin’

The mother of a black Florida teen who was gunned down by a neighborhood watch vigilante in February blames the incident on racial profiling. Sabrina Fulton told NBC’s Matt Lauer on Monday that her son, Trayvon Martin, was only shot and killed by neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman because he…

Santorum to GOP: Don’t nominate ‘Tweedledum’ like Romney

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum says that Republicans can’t win if they nominate a “Tweedledum” like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. In an Monday interview on CBS, Santorum told host Charlie Rose that if he could stay in the race until the convention, delegates would want to nominate a true conservative…

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