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Hugh Hefner: ‘Repressed conservatives’ waging ‘war against sex’

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner is calling out “repressed conservatives” like Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Rush Limbaugh by name for waging a “war against sex.” In an editorial published in the May edition of Playboy magazine, Hefner charges that “a new generation of repressed conservatives are pounding on America’s bedroom…

Maddow: ‘I think Ron Paul just won Iowa’

On Monday night’s The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC’s liberal politics host examined the strange Republican primaries of Iowa and Minnesota, concluding that Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) has actually won both states, or at least tied for first place. “Perhaps the most off-script thing that has happened on the Republican side……

Sanford commissioners vote to reject police chief’s resignation

In a 3-2 vote on Monday, city commissioners in Sanford, Florida voted not to accept the resignation of embattled Chief of Police Bill Lee, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Lee submitted his resignation to City Manager Norton Bonaparte just hours before a city council meeting on Monday afternoon. Bonaparte argued…

New Pentagon spy agency to focus on Iran, China

The Pentagon is creating a new intelligence agency that will focus on Iran and China as it begins to pivot away from war zones in Iraq andAfghanistan, the New York Times reported. The newspaper said late Monday that the new Defense Clandestine Service would make use of existing agents, authorities and assets and work closely…

Maddow unveils ALEC’s replacement: The National Center for Public Policy

On her show Monday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explained that the National Center for Public Policy was expected to take over the role of the embattled American Legislative Exchange Council. Liberal and progressive groups have waged a successful campaign against ALEC, which drafts corporation-friendly “model” legislation for state lawmakers.…

California to vote on ending the death penalty

LOS ANGELES — Voters in California will have the chance to cast ballots on a referendum on ending the death penalty in November, according to state electoral officials. The “Savings, Accountability and Full Enforcement for California Act,” or SAFE California Act, garnered enough support signatures. It will be considered on…

Panetta dismisses Iran claims on copying U.S. drone

BOGOTA — US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday dismissed claims by Iran that it had gleaned data from a downed US drone and was now building a copy of the robotic spycraft. “I can tell you from my experience that I would seriously question their ability to do what…

Pentagon offers budget compromise to placate states

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has offered to fund more C-130 aircraft for the Air National Guard to placate state governors complaining about proposed budget cuts that scale back fleet and personnel, officials said Monday. Facing growing political pressure in an election year from governors and lawmakers in Congress, Defense Secretary…

George Zimmerman lawyer sorry for client’s Trayvon Martin apology

George Zimmerman’s lawyer has said sorry for the surprise apology his client offered to Trayvon Martin’s parents during his bail bond hearing last Friday, saying neither he nor Zimmerman had realised Martin’s family would find it inappropriate. Mark O’Mara told CBS This Morning that if he had known the apology…

Major media companies lobbying against political ad transparency

News organizations cultivate a reputation for demanding transparency, whether by suing for access to government documents, dispatching camera crews to the doorsteps of recalcitrant politicians, or editorializing in favor of open government. But now many of the country’s biggest media companies, which own dozens of newspapers and TV news operations,…

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