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Michael Moore: Dems and GOP both bought by Wall Street

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore pointed out Thursday night on Countdown with Keith Olbermann that Democrats and Republicans both received a large amount of campaign contributions from Wall Street. He said that, thanks to the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, political candidates at the local level could actually garner votes by refusing…

Maddow responds to criticism from Koch Industries

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Thursday night responded to Koch Industries after the energy giant criticized her blog on its public relations website KochFacts.com. Last week, writer Laura Conaway mocked Koch Industries for its job posting. The posting said: “For those concerned about jobs, Koch has some good news: it’s…

Senate confirms new commerce secretary

WASHINGTON — The US Senate confirmed businessman John Bryson as commerce secretary, replacing Gary Locke, who left the post to become the US ambassador to China. Lawmakers voted 74-26 to approve Bryson one week after the US Congress approved long-stalled free trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. President…

New York Civil Liberties Union: Stop blanket surveillance of ‘Occupy Wall St.’

The New York Civil Liberties Union on Thursday called on the New York Police Department to stop the 24-hour video surveillance of “Occupy Wall Street” protesters. In a letter (PDF) to NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly, the NYCLU acknowledged the city had accommodated the ongoing demonstration by allowing the protestors to…

Gas pipelines are big business but lightly regulated

By Nicholas Kusnetz, ProPublica The gas pipeline industry is hardly glamorous. But it is lucrative and loosely regulated. Last weekend, two oil and gas pipeline companies announced they would combine to create the biggest such firm in the U.S. when Kinder Morgan offered more than $20 billion to buy El…

Russ Feingold endorses Tammy Baldwin for Senate

Former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold (D) endorsed Tammy Baldwin’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. “I’m proud to throw my support to a candidate who will keep the fight for progress, the middle class and equality alive in the U.S. Senate: our good friend, Tammy Baldwin,” Feingold said in…

Sen. Marco Rubio embellished story of ‘Cuban exile’ parents

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a tea party favorite, embellished the facts surrounding his parent’s emigration from Cuba, according to The Washington Post. Rubio has been claiming for years that his family joined an exodus from Cuba in 1959 after the revolution led by Fidel Castro. In a 2010…

U.S. charges two with recruiting for terror plots

WASHINGTON — US authorities Thursday unveiled charges against two men for conspiring with a US woman known as “JihadJane” to recruit people online for terror plots in Europe and South Asia. The US Justice Department identified the two as Ali Charaf Damache, a 46-year-old Algerian detained in Ireland on unrelated…

U.S. lawmakers see new era in Libya

WASHINGTON — Top US lawmakers on Thursday hailed news of Moamer Kadhafi’s death, saying Libya was now “liberated” and calling for closer ties between Washington and Tripoli as the war-torn country tries to rebuild. “Kadhafi’s death marks the end of his reign of terror and the promise of a new…

FBI panel recommends expanding definition of rape

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is one step closer to updating their definition of rape to modern day standards. The agency’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program currently defines rape as “the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.” Rape without force is not included. The current…

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