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ATF shifts blame: It’s Congress fault marijuana users can’t own guns

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) director Mike Sullivan appeared Monday on Fox News to defend a memo sent gun dealers in the United States. He claimed the agency was only following laws passed by Congress. The memo stated that those who use marijuana legally in accordance with their…

Former drug czar: Florida welfare drug testing policy is misguided

Former White House Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey thinks that Florida’s new policy of drug testing anyone who applies for temporary government assistance is counterproductive. “What kind of sense does that make?” he said, according to WCTV. “You’ve got to make the barriers to entering rehabilitation low. You want people in…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ attorney: NYPD trying to intimidate

Marina Sitrin, an attorney who is part of the “Occupy Wall Street” legal working group, told Amy Goodman of Democracy Now on Monday that New York Police officers were conducting mass arrests in hopes of suppressing the ongoing protest. More than 700 demonstrators were arrested as they tried to cross…

Gov. O’Malley kicks off Maryland marriage equality campaign

Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) described himself as a “Marylander for marriage equality” as part of a video campaign seeking to raise support for same sex marriage. “As a free and diverse people of many different faiths, we choose to be governed under the law by certain fundamental principles, among them,…

New York City Fire Dept. welcomes first transgender firefighter

The New York City Fire Department has welcomed a transgender woman to its male-dominated team. The New York Post reported she is the first transgender firefighter in the city’s history. The tall blonde, named Brooke, is a third generation firefighter and has been assigned to the Metrotech headquarters, a department…

CodePink activists arrive at ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest

Two members of the anti-war activist group CodePink on Saturday arrived at the “Occupy Wall Street” protest in lower Manhattan. “We are here with the 99 percent to say that we’ve had enough of the corruption and greed on Wall Street,” said on activist, Mel. “I’ve been to Tahrir square…

Van Jones: Marines to stand with Wall Street protesters

In his speech to the “Take Back The American Dream” conference Monday, former Obama advisor Van Jones held up the “Occupy Wall Street” movement as an example of what progressives could do to force change. “I’m not mad at [the tea party] for being so loud,” he said. “I’m mad…

Obama bets on 50-state strategy to eke out ’12 win

CHICAGO (Reuters) – While Republican presidential candidates target early-voting states, President Barack Obama’s team is laying the groundwork for a 50-state campaign strategy it hopes will secure another White House win in 2012. From the traditional “swing” states of Florida and Ohio to a typically Republican-leaning state like Arizona, Democrat…

Lower court’s ruling stands: Downloading music is not a crime

(Reuters) – The Supreme Court let stand on Monday a ruling that a traditional Internet download of sound recording does not constitute a public performance of the recorded musical work under federal copyright law. The justices refused to review a ruling by an appeals court in New York that the…

Bear runs into Pennsylvania home, attacks couple inside

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – A black bear chased a dog into a central Pennsylvania house on Monday, attacking and injuring a couple who lived there, an official said. The bear entered the house in Oliver Township, Perry County, “hot on the tracks” of the dog, which had been let out early…

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