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CNN host says Fox News avoiding coverage of News Corp. scandals

A CNN host yesterday noted that Fox News “has apparently gone out of its way to avoid reporting on its parent company’s troubles.” Shortly after the comment, the network showed a behind-the-scenes clip from Tuesday of a Fox program dedicated to media criticism, where the hosts asked each other during…

Obama demands debt decision as global alarm spreads

US President Barack Obama was to address the nation Friday after giving divided lawmakers 24-36 hours to strike a deal to avert a possible August debt default that has sparked global alarm. After days of tense negotiations and downgrade warnings from credit ratings agencies Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s, Obama…

Rachel Maddow: Rick Perry next in line for GOP establishment support

Texas Governor Rick Perry, who initiated a controversial Christian prayer summit, is the new favorite 2012 presidential candidate among establishment Republicans, according to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. On her show Thursday night, Maddow noted that key staffers for GOP candidate Newt Gingrich left his campaign and are moving towards Perry.…

Ron Paul and six other Republicans refuse to sign Family Leader pledge

Ron Paul joined six other Republican presidential candidates Thursday in refusing to sign the controversial Family Leader “marriage vow.” Paul adviser Jesse Benton told Politico that he would not sign the pledge in its current form. So far, Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum are the only presidential candidates to have…

Lawrence O’Donnell: Rep. Cantor ‘an incompetent amateur’

MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell blasted Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) on Thursday night, calling him “an incompetent amateur who deserves no place in Congressional leadership.” According to a Democratic aide, Cantor rudely interrupted the president during talks on the federal debt ceiling on Wednesday, leading Sen. Harry Reid to call him…

California schools must include LGBT historical figures

LOS ANGELES — The gay, lesbian and transgender community’s contributions to US history will be integrated into future California public school curriculum, in line with a law signed Thursday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. California is the first American state to legislate the issue, after a similar measure was approved…

Progressive Democrats to protest at Obama campaign headquarters

A progressive group plans to protest outside President Barack Obama’s re-election headquarters in Chicago on Friday, warning the president not to agree to any cuts Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. Last week, The Washington Post reported that Obama planned to propose cuts to the social programs as part of a…

Murdoch: News Corp. handled crisis ‘extremely well’

WASHINGTON — News Corp. chairman and chief executive Rupert Murdoch said in an interview published Thursday that his company has handled the phone-hacking crisis in Britain “extremely well” and will recover. In an interview with the News Corp.-owned Wall Street Journal, Murdoch also said he would set up an independent…

Ohio serial killer heard ‘bad’ voices

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ohio jurors Thursday got a glimpse into the mind of a man accused of killing 11 women and storing their decomposing bodies for two years, watching a video of his police interrogation. Anthony Sowell, 51, has been little heard from during three weeks of gruesome testimony including…

Google+ social network membership tops 10 million

SAN FRANCISCO — Google chief Larry Page said Thursday that the Internet giant’s freshly launched Google+ social network already has more than 10 million members. “Over 10 million people have joined Google-Plus,” Page said during a quarterly earnings conference call. “That is a great achievement for the team.” He added…

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