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Maddow: Afghan drawdown is ‘no change in plans’

Last night, President Barack Obama announced that over 33,000 U.S. soldiers would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of next summer, and at least 10,000 by the end of this year. Though hyped as a significant drawdown, MSNBC’s liberal host Rachel Maddow gave it a bit of perspective, showing…

Author Jonathan Dudley: Same sex marriage opponents are hypocrites

Author Jonathan Dudley, who recently graduated from Yale Divinity School, said on CNN that the vast majority of Christians who oppose same sex marriage are hypocrites for following some Biblical principles but disregarding others. “The community opposed to gay marriage has itself revised the Christian tradition in a host of…

Rep. Frank: Boehner should tax his wealthy friends if he wants to continue Afghan war

Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) said on MSNBC’s The Last Word Wednesday that President Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw 33,000 troops from Afghanistan was disappointing, but not as disappointing as House Speaker John Boehner’s response to the plan. “If Mr. Boehner believes that it is so essential to keep troops there…

Obama orders end to Afghan troop surge

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama ordered all 33,000 US surge troops home from Afghanistan by next summer, declared the beginning of the end of the war and vowed to turn to “nation building” at home. In a pivotal moment for US national security strategy, Obama also signaled in a 13-minute…

U.S. allegedly spying on New York Times reporter James Risen

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen has been subjected to government surveillance and harassment that began under the Bush administration, according to a 22-page affidavit he filed Tuesday. In his 2006 book, “State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration,” author and New York Times reporter James…

Former French minister charged with rape

PARIS — A former French minister and mayor with the ruling party has been charged with rape after accusations he sexually assaulted women working for him at city hall, prosecutors said Wednesday. Georges Tron, formerly a junior civil service minister from President Nicolas Sarkozy’s UMP party, is facing charges of…

Watch live: President Obama’s speech on reducing U.S. troops in Afghanistan

Watch President Barack Obama address the nation from the Oval Office to unveil his plans to reduce U.S. troops in Afghanistan, courtesy of MSNBC, below: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

New bill ending federal ban on marijuana to be introduced in Congress

Reps. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Ron Paul (R-TX) will introduce legislation on Thursday to the U.S. House of Representatives that ends the federal prohibition on marijuana. The Oakland Tribute reported that the bill would limit the federal government to enforcing cross-border or inter-state smuggling laws, and allow people to grow, possess, use or…

Ethanol subsidy caused corn price surge

WASHINGTON — US ethanol subsidies pushed up corn prices as much as 17 percent in 2011, according to a study released Wednesday at a time when Washington’s policies on biofuels are coming under heightened scrutiny. The study by Bruce Babcock of Iowa State University and released by the Geneva-based International…

Florida sold citizens’ driver’s license information for $62 million

The State of Florida made $62,968,946 from the sale of Floridians driver’s license information in the last fiscal year, a practice that has been occurring almost unknown for years. I-Team investigator Michael George reported that the state’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles sells drivers’ license information, including Floridians…

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