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Progressive Dems launch anti-unemployment tour: ‘Jobs equal deficit reduction’

WASHINGTON – With the debate on Capitol Hill having shifted from job creation to deficit reduction, the Congressional Progressive Caucus on Tuesday launched a 12-city summer listening tour aimed at refocusing the economic discussion on the unemployment rate. “The Republican majority has not offered one bill, one proposal, one concrete…

Jay Smooth explains the fallacy of professional sports

Sunday night was a big night for television: The Tony Awards were on, as well as the NBA Final, the Miami Heat v. Dallas Mavericks. Those who weren’t watching Neil Patrick Harris jazz hand it up saw the Mavs take their first-ever championship over the heavily favored Heat. The always-controversial…

Bible cited as reason for kicking gay men out of public pool

Activists in Kentucky are planning a peaceful response after two gay men with developmental and intellectual disabilities were kicked out of a public pool. A maintenance technician reportedly cited the Bible while telling the two men they couldn’t swim at The Pavilion, a government-funded recreational facility in Hazard, Kentucky. “We…

Maddow questions whether Mitt Romney has committed ‘voter fraud’

Did former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney commit voter fraud by registering his address as his son’s home in Massachusetts and then casting a ballot? Well, at least one expert thinks he did — but that’s not the only Massachusetts-related problem for Romney. And as it turns out, all his fellow…

Police: Sex offender dies while raping elderly woman

A 53-year-old man died of a suspected heart attack while in the act of raping a 77-year-old woman, police investigators in Tivoli, Texas said this week. Isabel Chavelo Gutierrez, 53 (pictured), smelled of alcohol when he climbed into bed with her and held a pocket knife to the woman’s throat,…

Exclusive: Mishandled VA rape cases deemed ‘shocking’ by lawyers in Pentagon suit

WASHINGTON – The firm investigating a case of 17 raped military veterans suing the Pentagon responded Monday after a report that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs mishandled sexual assault cases. “This shocking report is consistent with the findings of our investigation,” Keith Rohman, president of Public Interest Investigations, the…

U.S. Congress votes against Libya funding

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US House of Representatives voted to prohibit the use of funds for American military operations in Libya. Lawmakers adopted the amendment to a military appropriations bill by a vote of 248 to 163. A number of members of Congress have recently expressed their dissatisfaction at President…

Obama chases history in Puerto Rico

MIAMI (AFP) – President Barack Obama heads to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, with votes on his mind, despite the fact that the Caribbean island’s 3.8 million US citizens cannot cast ballots in general elections. Obama’s trip, the first official visit by a sitting US president since John F. Kennedy’s fondly…

U.S. identifies remains of soldier missing since 1951

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Sixty years after vanishing on the battlefields of the Korean War and 20 years after being shipped back in a coffin, the remains of a US soldier have been identified using DNA testing. The Pentagon said Monday it had identified Corporal A.V. Scott, who went missing in…

Pentagon Papers finally published, 40 years on

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The Pentagon Papers, a US government report into the Vietnam War, were finally published in full, 40 years after embarrassing details of the document were leaked. President Lyndon Johnson’s administration commissioned a Vietnam Study Task Force in 1967 to write a comprehensive report about America’s ill-fated…

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