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Civil rights leader Shuttlesworth dies

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (Reuters) – The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a major leader in the civil rights movement who was beaten, bombed and injured by fire hoses, died in Birmingham, Alabama on Wednesday at age 89. Shuttlesworth passed away at the Princeton Baptist Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Jennifer Dodd told Reuters. Martin…

Feingold: Occupy Wall St. ‘will make the tea party look like a tea party’

Add Russ Feingold to the list of prominent names backing Occupy Wall Street. The former Wisconsin senator sat down for an interview with the Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent and stated how the protests will outdo its right-wing counterpart. “This is like the Tea Party — only it’s real,” he said.…

DNC chair: ‘LGBT equality is not an aspiration, it’s a destination’

DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) came out strongly in support of equality for same sex binational couples last night at Immigration Equality’s annual reception in Washington, DC, calling the struggle for full equality for LGBT people “the defining civil rights struggle of our generation.” Wasserman Schultz was joined…

Obama again sends U.S. tax dollars to countries with child soldiers

For the second year in a row, the Obama administration has waived financial penalties for countries that enslave children and turn them into soldiers, ensuring that tens of millions of U.S. tax dollars will continue to be used by those who support the brutish practice. In a Tuesday meeting described…

Approval of Congress hits record low: poll

After months of partisan gridlock, more Americans of all political stripes disapprove of the US Congress than at any point in more than two decades, a poll found Wednesday. The Washington Post/ABC News poll found that just 14 percent of the US public approves of the job Congress is doing,…

Rep. Slaughter calls for ‘retroactive recusal’ to overturn Citizens United

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) told Current TV’s Keith Olbermann Tuesday that a “retroactive recusal” of Justice Clarence Thomas could result in overturning the Citizens United case. Earlier this year, the liberal group Common Cause argued that both Justices Thomas and Antonin Scalia should have recused themselves from the Citizens United…

Forecasters predict extreme cold winter for Chicago

(Reuters) – Private forecaster Accuweather.com said on Wednesday that heavy snow and extreme cold should be expected in the north central United States, especially in the Chicago area, in the coming winter. The East Coast faces average to slightly above average snowfall during the winter of 2011-2012 as a Pacific…

Ruffalo: ‘Occupy Wall St.’ is ‘a beautiful celebration of democracy’

Appearing on Tuesday night’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, actor Mark Ruffalo cheered on protesters at “Occupy Wall Street,” calling his visit to the protest site “a beautiful celebration of democracy.” “This is a movement that’s transcending political ideologies,” he said. “It’s a movement that’s touching people all over the United…

U.S. unable to fill NATO gaps, says Panetta

The US military faces serious budget cuts and will be unable to make up any shortfalls in the NATO alliance as European members slashdefence spending, Pentagon chief Leon Panetta warned Wednesday. Fiscal pressures are bearing down on both sides of the Atlantic and NATO allies will need to work closely together to…

In U.S., debate roils over male circumcision

In the United States, a vocal movement of “intactivists,” or people who oppose male circumcision, is engaged in a fierce debate with doctors over the practice of clipping baby boys’ foreskins. Actor Russell Crowe may be the most famous of them. Earlier this year he declared on Twitter: “Circumcision is barbaric and stupid,”…

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