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Herman Cain said Social Security was racist in 2008 radio ad

Presidential candidate Herman Cain served as the spokesman and donated at least $1 million to a radio ad campaign that Republicans condemned as racist. He even starred in an ad himself. Since 2002, the organization America’s PAC has run radio ads in hopes of convincing African-American and Hispanic voters to…

Civil rights icon: Cain ‘telling white folks what they want to hear’

At a funeral service for civil rights leader Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth Monday, 90-year-old Rev. Joseph Lowery said that the Republican Party would be better off with more white leaders like Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R). Bentley, who also spoke at the service in Birmingham, Alabama, recalled growing up as a…

Obama bypasses Congress with mortgage plan

LAS VEGAS — President Barack Obama traveled Monday to Las Vegas, epicenter of the real estate meltdown, to unveil a plan to limit damage from the housing market’s downward spiral on the broader US economy. Thwarted by Republican opposition to his bigger jobs and stimulus package, Obama plans this week…

Veterans at ‘Occupy Louisville’ talk to Democracy Now

Democracy Now host Amy Goodman visited the “Occupy Louisville” demonstration over the weekend and spoke with a number of protesters, including two veterans. “I’m here because this is our moment to stand up and to voice the grievances, to voice what we’ve all been thinking of for a long time,”…

Former Bachmann staffers: Campaign team ‘dishonest’ and ‘cruel’

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s former New Hampshire campaign staff revealed Sunday why they had resigned en masse several days earlier. “This decision comes after much soul searching by each individual and after countless hours of discussion as a team,” the former staffers said in a press advisory (PDF). “Although…

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…

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