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Romney: Obama ‘inappropriate’ to politicize bin Laden kill

NEW YORK — Republican Mitt Romney praised President Barack Obama on Tuesday for taking out Osama bin Laden and said he would have done the same, but that it was “inappropriate” for the US leader to politicize the mission. Romney, his party’s presumptive nominee in the presidential race, made his…

Maddow explains the conservative media model: ‘Everybody else is out to get you’

Conservative media outlets encourage their audiences to keep viewing only their content by demonizing other news sources, according to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. “If I am trying to get across a point of view, I have to persuade and not assert,” she said in April at The Castro Theater in…

Obama-rebuking judge allows Texas to withhold funds from Planned Parenthood

Just hours after a federal court issued an injunction against Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s plan to revoke public funding for Planned Parenthood, a judge on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans knocked that ruling down and permitted the state to proceed — at least for now. Judge…

Study: Atheists more driven by compassion than highly religious people

Highly religious people are less motivated by compassion than atheists, agnostics and less religious people, according to a new study. Research from University of California, Berkeley published in the most recent edition of the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science found a stronger link between compassion and generosity among non-religious…

Romney heckled in New York: ‘You’re a racist!’

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney came to New York City on Tuesday to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden — but had his event somewhat spoiled by a very loud activist who repeatedly yelled that he was a “racist.” Appearing with former New York…

Japanese tsunami debris heading to Hawaii

Wreckage from Japan’s tsunami – fishing gear and furniture, footballs and ships – has swept across the Pacific far faster than expected, with thousands of tonnes projected to land on North American shores this year. Scientists believe lighter objects such as buoys and oil drums began reaching land last November…

Media watchdog group: Internet freedom threatened by ‘hasty legislation’

Governments across the world – including those in the US and UK – are posing a threat to internet freedom through “hasty” legislation passed due to security fears, the head of an international media watchdog has warned. Dunja Mijatovic, the representative for freedom of the media for the 56 countries…

Team Obama targets Romney’s Swiss bank account in economic reelection strategy

A new ad by Obama for America (embedded below) that targets presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s hidden Swiss bank account is the latest in the campaign’s effort to call the former Massachusetts governor’s economic policies into question. Taking a page from Republican strategist Karl Rove, the president appears to…

N.Y. State Assembly passes transgender rights bill

For the fifth time, the New York State Assembly has passed a bill enshrining non-discrimination rights for transgendered people in the state’s charter. According to Advocate.com, the bill must now move to the State Senate, where, so far, every such rights bill has failed to pass. Raw Story spoke to…

New York ‘Occupy’ stages ‘general strike’ on May Day

Occupy Wall Street protesters took to New York’s streets Tuesday in the highlight of a plan to mount a “general strike” across the United States. Small groups of protesters held simultaneous demonstrations outside a string of Manhattan corporate institutions including the Time-Life building and McGraw Hill publishers in the Rockefeller…

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