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WATCH LIVE: President Obama addresses crowd at birthday fundraiser in Chicago

Watch President Barack Obama’s speech at his birthday fundraiser in Chicago below: Streaming Live by Ustream…

FCKH8 ruffle feathers of Minnesota Family Council with profanity-laced video

The Minnesota Family Council lashed out at FCKH8, a California-based group, for producing a brightly-colored video that irreverently attacks supporters of a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriages in the state, according to The Minnesota Independent. “Just after the New York legislature forced same-sex marriage on New Yorkers without…

Law professors: Academics ‘guest authoring’ ghostwritten studies should be charged with fraud

Academics who lend their names to medical and scientific articles ghostwritten by the pharmaceutical industry should be charged with fraud under the the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), according to two University of Toronto Faculty of Law professors. The pharmaceutical industry often conducts research, but allows academic experts…

U.S. charges 72 over ‘nightmare’ Internet child porn network

WASHINGTON — US officials Wednesday unveiled charges against 72 people in their largest global probe into Internet child pornography which smashed a “nightmare” online bulletin board catering to pedophiles. The investigation launched in 2009 has led to arrests in the US and 13 other countries of participants in Dreamboard, which…

Obama tells Congress: End airport funding shutdown

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama urged Congress Wednesday to break its vacation to end a row that has shut airport construction and halted tax payments by airlines, which could cost a billion dollars. “This is a lose-lose-lose situation that can be easily solved if Congress gets back into town…

United States’ AAA credit rating still under threat

WASHINGTON — The United States could still faces an unprecedented downgrade of its triple-A credit rating, despite the government’s last minute moves to avoid defaulting on its debt Tuesday. But even if powerful raters Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch decide that Washington’s growing deficit and debt are too big…

Huckabee cartoon attempts woeful retelling of 9/11 attacks

In a new “history” cartoon aimed at children, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, now a Fox News personality, spins an animated, less-than-nuanced retelling of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., with a distinctly pro-Bush, pro-torture spin. In his “Learn Our History,” the former Republican presidential…

Top ten crazy sh*t Pat Buchanan says

Talking to Reverand Al Sharpton this week, Pat Buchanan described Obama as “your boy.” But while some became outraged at his comments, they came as no surprise to others more familiar with Buchanan’s rich history of bigotry. Below are 10 of his most outrageously bigoted comments on everything from African-Americans…

Larry Summers: 1-in-3 chance of new recession

Economist Lawrence Summers, who served as Treasury Secretary under President Bill Clinton and as director of the U.S. National Economic Council under President Barack Obama, published a Washington Post op-ed Wednesday that gives heavy odds for a backslide into a new recession. “With growth at less than 1 percent in…

U.S. indirectly supplies guns that fuel Somalian conflict

By Robert Johnson In its fight against al Qaeda in Somalia, the U.S. is sending hundreds of millions dollars in weapons to Ugandan soldiers, who are selling the arms to the men they’re fighting. A new report by the United Nations and picked up by Somalia Report lays out how the $500…

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