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Commissioner battling nuclear regulatory chairman has ties to Fukushima

One of the commissioners upset with the behavior of Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), served as a consultant for the Japanese company that owns the Fukushima nuclear power plant, according to the Huffington Post. The five-member NRC regulates the 104 nuclear power reactors in the…

ACLU urges judge to dismiss challenge to Arizona’s medical marijuana law

The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday told a federal judge that a lawsuit filed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer challenging her own state’s medical marijuana law should be thrown out. Proposition 203, which allows patients in Arizona to use marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation, was passed by a majority…

Romney to Gingrich: Give back the Freddie Mac money

The war of words between GOP presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich heated up Monday when both candidates called for the other to return monies they had earned in less-than-honorable ways. In an interview on Fox & Friends, host Brian Kilmeade asked Romney if Gingrich should give back the…

Gary Johnson: Gingrich ‘proposed the death penalty for marijuana’

Over the weekend, struggling Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson reminded MSNBC viewers that GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich had once to called to punish some drug offenders with death. “Newt Gingrich, in 1997, proposed the death penalty for marijuana — for possession of marijuana above a certain quantity of marijuana,” Johnson…

Gingrich: ‘I don’t want to pay people 99 weeks to do nothing’

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich asserted Monday that workers who lose their jobs were being paid by the government for “99 weeks to do nothing.” Speaking to about 200 employees at Insight Technology, a defense contractor in New Hampshire, the former U.S. House Speaker called for funds workers pay into…

Tea party group compares Obama to a skunk

One midwestern tea party group thought President Barack Obama merited a comparison to the smelliest animal around. According to CBS affiliate KWCH, the Hutchinson, Kansas based Freedom Alliance has come under some criticism for having a photo of a skunk with a caption above it slamming Obama. “The skunk has…

‘Sovereign Citizens’ members arrested with help of Predator drone

A family in North Dakota that were members of the “Sovereign Citizens” movement became in June the first American citizens in history to be arrested with the help of Predator drone aircraft, according to a report published Monday morning. The arrests happened after members of the Brossart family chased off…

Supreme Court to decide Arizona immigration law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court said on Monday that it would decide whether Arizona’s tough law cracking down on illegal immigrants can take effect, a case arising from the fierce national debate on immigration policy ahead of next year’s presidential election. The high court agreed to review a ruling that put on hold the key…

Anti-gay GOP politician donates sperm to lesbians

The wife of a Republican former Alabama gubernatorial candidate says she was shocked to find out her husband, who had campaigned against same sex marriage, has donated sperm to several lesbian women. The New Zealand Herald reported Sunday that while volunteering for earthquake recovery in Christchurch, Bill Johnson had used…

Mexico drug gangs up ante with high-tech tunnels

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Reuters) – When architect Felipe de Jesus Corona built Mexico’s most powerful drug lord a 200-foot-long tunnel under the U.S.-Mexican border with a hydraulic lift entrance opened by a fake water tap, the kingpin was impressed. The architect “made me one f—ing cool tunnel” Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman…

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