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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…

Supreme Court poised for landmark health care battle

There are a few things both sides agree on in the coming supreme court battle over Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reforms. One of them is that it is likely to prove the most politically significant constitutional decision in years, and the outcome could shape the future of Obama’s presidency. For…

Weed workers join labor union as Los Angeles weighs pot shop ban

The City of Los Angeles won’t be banning marijuana dispensaries any time soon, if the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) gets its way. That’s because workers at 14 of the city’s pot shops have all banded together and formed the “medical cannabis and hemp division” of Los Angeles…

Miami Heat players support Trayvon Martin’s family with ‘hoodie’ photo

The star player of one of the most popular basketball teams in the nation published a photo Friday showing he and teammates wearing “hoodies,” apparently to support the family of Trayvon Martin, a Florida youth murdered last month by a neighborhood watchman, who remains a free man despite the unprovoked…

World Bank nominee raps, dreamed of being a star quarterback

Singing rap, citing Buddhist teachings, and once dreaming of being a sports star, the likely next head of the World Bank may not be widely known — but he’s no faceless bureaucrat. Korean-born Jim Yong Kim is the president of Ivy League Dartmouth College, a medical doctor and, above all,…

Romney and other Republicans hit ‘Obamacare’ on two-year anniversary

Republicans vented their frustration with President Barack Obama’s health care reform Friday on its second anniversary, with Mitt Romney blasting the law as an “unfolding disaster for the American economy.” Romney’s rival in the Republican presidential race, former House speaker Newt Gingrich, also weighed in, savaging the two-year-old law as…

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