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Rachel Maddow: Nationwide attack on abortion shows ‘tea party’ just Republicans

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow claimed Wednesday night that the tea party movement was indistinguishable from the Republican Party, noting that states have enacted a record number of abortion restrictions since so-called “tea party candidates” were elected in 2010. “Eighty different anti-abortion laws, not just proposed… but enacted,” she said, “thanks…

Son of former DC mayor Marion Barry charged with PCP possession

The son of former Washington, D.C. mayor and D.C. Council member Marion Barry has been charged with possession with the intent to sell PCP, according to WOTP. Police officers found five sandwich bags of marijuana and a vial of PCP in the 31-year-old’s apartment. Barry was elected as mayor of D.C.…

Natural shields against global warming being weakened: study

PARIS — The soil and the ocean are being weakened as buffers against global warming, in a vicious circle with long-term implications for the climate system, say two new investigations. If the seas and the land are less able to soak up or store greenhouse gases, more of these carbon…

Obama walks out of debt-limit talks, tells Cantor ‘don’t call my bluff’

President Barack Obama stormed out of tense debt-limit talks Wednesday with his top Republican foes after declaring he was ready to stake his reelection on the outcome, a Republican aide said. Obama needs the Republican-led House of Representatives and Democratic-held Senate to sign off on a deal to close the…

Fox and Friends distorts video clip to attack Rep. Keith Ellison

The hosts of Fox and Friends lashed out at Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) on Tuesday, accusing him of having “Bachmann derangment syndrome” for claiming that Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) and conservatives lawmakers like her have a poor record on women’s issues. “We live in an era of extremism,” Ellison said July…

Bancroft family members regret sale of Wall Street Journal to Rupert Murdoch

A number of key members of the family which controlled The Wall Street Journal say they would not have agreed to sell the prestigious daily to Rupert Murdoch if they had been aware of News International’s conduct in the phone-hacking scandal at the time of the deal. “If I had…

Poll: Bachmann rises among Republicans

WASHINGTON — Minnesota lawmaker Michele Bachmann, a favorite of the ultraconservative Tea Party movement, has surged to second place among Republican presidential contenders, a poll said Wednesday. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney remains ahead of the pack, but Bachmann has “zoomed into second place,” more than doubling her support, said…

‘Fiance’ defends Strauss-Kahn accuser as ‘honest lady’

NEW YORK — An Arizona inmate identified as the fiance of the woman accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape, defended her in an online interview Wednesday, saying she would have had no cause to invent her story. “I know that he (Strauss-Kahn) did what he did,” said Amara Tarawally, 35,…

McCain calls for cybersecurity Senate committee

WASHINGTON — Veteran US Senator John McCain on Wednesday urged the creation of a special Senate committee on cybersecurity and electronic intelligence leaks to cut through legislative delays to crafting a US response. McCain requested the move in a letter to Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Senate…

Atheists file lawsuit against Gov. Rick Perry over Christian prayer summit

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday to prevent Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry from taking part in a planned evangelical Christian prayer rally he initiated in Houston. Perry proclaimed August 6 as a “Day of Prayer and Fasting for our Nation to seek God’s guidance”…

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