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United States denounces Syria’s army as ‘barbaric’

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday denounced Syria’s army as “barbaric” and “reprehensible” after the latest violence, renewing its charges that President Bashar al-Assad has lost legitimacy. The State Department highlighted the death of 12-year-old boy Talhat Dalat, who human rights activists said died of his injuries on Saturday…

Journalism student faces 15 years for alleged ‘Anonymous’ hacktivism

A journalism student at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas who used the online alias “No” and “MMMM” faces 15 years in prison and $500,000 in fines if she is convicted of hacking charges related to the group “Anonymous.” The Rebel Yell reported that the FBI arrested 20-year-old Mercedes…

House spending bill slashes environmental protections

Environmental groups are aghast at proposed legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, which they claim is “larded up with giveaways to polluters and corporate donors.” The U.S. House of Representatives began debate Monday on the Fiscal Year 2012 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill. The House Appropriations Committee approved the…

WATCH LIVE: President Obama addresses the nation on raising the federal debt ceiling

Watch President Barack Obama’s speech from the White House’s East Room on the ongoing debt talks, courtesy of MSNBC, below: (Scheduled to begin at 9pm EST.) Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Only thing killing heterosexual marriage is heterosexual marriage

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, conservative co-host of ABC’s The View, said Monday that the people protesting outside of same sex couples’ marriages in New York were “tasteless.” “Look, if you think anything is killing heterosexual marriage, the only thing that is killing it is heterosexual marriage,” she added. New York State Senator…

Obama: Working without Congress ‘tempting’

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama said Monday it was “tempting” to think of going it alone without Congress after weeks of trying to forge an elusive debt deal with his Republican foes. “Believe me, right now dealing with Congress… the idea of doings things on my own is very…

Lawsuit filed against New York same sex marriage law

NEW YORK — A group of religious leaders filed a lawsuit Monday against a newly approved gay marriage law in New York state and hundreds of same-sex unions celebrated over the weekend. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms filed the lawsuit in state court in Livingston County where one of the…

Atheists file lawsuit over Christian cross at New York City 9/11 memorial

An atheist group filed a lawsuit Monday in the New York State Supreme Court seeking the removal of a Christian cross from the National September 11 Memorial and Museum being constructed at ground zero. The national organization American Atheist claims that placing a symbol of Christianity on government-owned property is…

America’s top cyber-warrior quits without warning

After months of successful, high profile hacking attacks against U.S. government networks, the leader of the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has called it quits, leaving his job without warning or explanation, Information Week reported Monday. US-CERT, run by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Cyber Security Division, is…

Walker to close 10 DMV offices after passing voter ID law

Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s administration is moving forward with a plan that would close as many as 10 driver’s license offices only months before a new law will require voters to present a photo ID before casting a ballot. On May 25, Walker signed the voter photo ID bill…

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