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Blogger claims TSA agent found vibrator in her luggage, and left a note

A feminist blogger traveling to Dublin, Ireland recently made an unsettling discovery in her luggage: a U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent had searched the bag and found her vibrator, and apparently felt inspired enough to leave a handwritten note. “GET YOUR FREAK ON GIRL,” the alleged agent wrote. It’s…

Rep. Lewis gives fiery tribute at Shuttlesworth funeral

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) remembered civil rights leader Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth with a passionate speech in Birmingham, Alabama Monday. “I first met this good man more than 50 years ago on May of 1961 at the Greyhound bus station during the Freedom Rides,” Lewis recalled at a funeral service for…

A founder of ‘Occupy Wall Street’ talks about movement’s origin and what comes next

By Vivian Giang Phil Arnone [pictured, below] is a one of the leading forces behind Occupy Wall Street — and happens to also be a New York University graduate student. He was involved with Occupy before they were even called that and was one of the 700 protesters arrested on the…

FBI reportedly probes Olympus fee; shares tumble

TOKYO (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing the massive advisory fee involved in Olympus Corp’s takeover of a British company, a media report said, in a deepening scandal that has wiped out more than half the company’s value. The British CEO who says he was fired for questioning the…

Iranian-American due to enter plea over Saudi plot

An Iranian-American accused of plotting to get Mexican gangsters to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington was due in federal court Monday in New York, when he was expected to enter a plea. Manssor Arbabsiar, a naturalized US citizen holding Iranian and US passports who lived for many years in…

Panetta says U.S. committed to being Pacific power

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Japan on Monday hoping to persuade Tokyo to relocate a military base whichWashington says is vital to its role as a Pacific power. In his first trip to Asia as Pentagon chief, Panetta is seeking to reassure allies that the US remains engaged in the region as a…

Obama to announce help on housing, student loans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama this week will announce a series of actions to help the economy that will not require congressional approval, including an initiative to make it easier for homeowners to refinance their mortgages, according to a White House official. The actions come as Obama has faced…

GOP candidate Buddy Roemer: ‘We’re in trouble’

Former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer, who is a declared Republican presidential candidate although he has not been included in any debates, has come out in support of Occupy Wall Street. “There’s anger and anxiety in America. We’re in trouble,” he told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Sunday. “There is no leadership…

Occupy movement spins off OccupyMARINES and Occupy Police

The Occupy Wall Street movement has recently expanded beyond merely occupying parks and other physical territory and is staking out a new realm of metaphorical occupations that includes both OccupyMARINES and Occupy Police. The inspiration for OccupyMARINES came when Marine Sergeant Shamar Thomas confronted police officers who were threatening to…

GOP candidates make reducing power of federal courts a campaign issue

Even though the U.S. federal court are hardly hotbeds of liberal sentiment by most standards, their willingness to uphold freedom of speech, the separation of church and state, and equal protection for gay and lesbian citizens has frequently irked conservatives. Now a majority of would-be Republican presidential candidates appear to…

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