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Journalist Chris Hedges sues Obama over National Defense Authorization Act

Less than a month after the National Defense Authorization Act was signed into law, President Barack Obama faces a lawsuit because of its highly controversial provisions regarding the detention of suspected terrorists. Attorneys Carl J. Mayer and Bruce I. Afran filed a complaint against Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon…

Jewish man arrested for swastikas, anti-Semitic calls

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Jewish man was under arrest on hate-crime charges on Monday, accused of making anti-Semitic telephone calls to his mother and other elderly women and putting swastikas on apartment doors, police said. A family business dispute drove David Haddad, 56, of Manhattan, who is Jewish, to…

Judge to hear challenge to Wisconsin’s voter ID law

MADISON (Reuters) – A Wisconsin judge will hear a legal challenge this week to the state’s new controversial voter photo identification law. Lawyers for The League of Women Voters, which says the measure violates the state constitution by disenfranchising eligible voters, present oral arguments against the law in a Dane…

Obama leads service efforts for King birthday

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and their wives on Monday participated in community service projects to mark the holiday honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King. “Today, we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And we should honor that legacy by…

Dylan Ratigan: Racism was rebranded ‘the war on drugs’

MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan on Monday highlighted the concerning racial disparities that existed within America’s war against illegal drugs. “Our big story on this Martin Luther King holiday is the new math of racism in America,” he said. “The greedy bastards have rebranded racism, calling it ‘the war on drugs.’…

Obama administration to make drug companies disclose money paid to doctors

The Obama administration plans to establish new rules requiring pharmaceutical companies to disclose the payments they make to doctors, according to the New York Times. The new rules are being issued under the new health care law and will make pharmaceutical companies report money they have given to doctors for…

Georgia lawmaker who sponsored welfare drug testing bill busted for DUI

A Georgia Republican who co-sponsored legislation that would require random drug testing of welfare recipients was arrested on early Friday morning and charged with DUI, according to Channel 2 Action News. Rep. Kip Smith was pulled over after a police officer witnessed him run through a red light. The officer…

Karen Santorum: Gays ‘vilify’ my husband

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s wife, Karen, on Monday accused the gay community of vilifying her husband. At an event with mothers in South Carolina, a woman, who said her son was gay, told the candidate that she felt guilty for supporting him due to his opposition to gay rights.…

Fire destroys 3,500-year-old tree, arson suspected

Authorities in Florida suspect that an arsonist destroyed one of the oldest cypress trees in the world. The 3,500-year-old tree, known locally as “The Big Tree,” went up in flames early Monday morning, according to The Orlando Sentinel. It was officially named “The Senator” after former state Sen. Moses Oscar…

Bodies of poor pile up at Illinois morgue

An alarming number of dead bodies are stacking up at an Illinois morgue due to financial troubles, according to a report from The Chicago Sun Times. Staff at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office are upset over receiving an over-capacity in both adult and child bodies. With a limited amount…

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