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Tim Wise: White folks have been ‘occupying’ Manhattan for hundreds of years

Indigenous activists have recently expressed concern over “language of occupy.” On Friday night, Melissa Harris-Perry and anti-racist activist and educator Tim Wise took on the topic on The Rachel Maddow Show. Wise is the author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. During their discussion, Wise…

Murdoch survives attempt to dethrone him at News Corp

By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Using contentious barbs and comedic relief, Rupert Murdoch deflected attempts by angry investors to remove him as chairman of his News Corp empire at the company’s annual meeting on Friday. The 80-year-old media baron survived what was effectively a no-confidence vote and also…

Cornel West arrested for protesting ‘stop and frisk’ in New York City

Princeton professor and noted activist Cornel West was arrested last weekend for protesting in front of the Supreme Court, and on Friday afternoon he repeated the experience in New York City. West was part of a demonstration against the New York Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policy, in which individuals…

McCain calls end of Iraq War “a strategic victory for our enemies”

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s conservative critics on Friday blasted his announcement that all US troops will leave Iraq by year’s end, citing worries US archnemesis Iran will fill the vacuum. Republican Senator John McCain, Obama’s rival for the White House in 2008, described the news as a “consequential failure”…

New York’s Mayor Bloomberg says to expect more OWS arrests

New York City Major Mike Bloomberg suggested on Friday that he feels he’s been going too easy on the Occupy Wall Street protesters and that more arrests may lie in their future. During his weekly appearance on WOR-AM radio, Bloomberg stated, “We will start enforcing that more,” with reference to…

Protest causes GOP leader to cancel income inequality speech

Update: University disputes Cantor’s explanation for cancellation House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) canceled a planned speech about income inequality on Friday, after learning that his hosts at the University of Pennsylvania planned to make the event open to the public. The speech, largely anticipated to be the first major…

Santorum: ‘I’ll die’ to stop same sex marriages

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is deadly serious about stopping gays from getting married. Earlier this week, the former Pennsylvania senator told Caffeinated Thoughts that he would be willing to “die” in the fight against marriage equality. “The battle we’re engaged in right now is same sex marriage, ultimately that…

Gangs growing, turning to financial crimes: FBI

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday estimated there are some 1.4 million gang members in the United States and they are turning to white collar crimes as more lucrative enterprises. Gangs like the Bloods and theCrips are engaging in crimes, such as identity theft, counterfeiting, selling stolen goods and even bank, credit…

BP gets nod to renew drilling in Gulf of Mexico

WASHINGTON — British oil giant BP received approval Friday to restart drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, 18 months after a BP well blowout killed 11 and released millions of barrels of crude into the ocean. The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, of the Department of the Interior, said…

U.S. faithful await new prophecy on ‘end of world’

NEW YORK — Five months after a media frenzy over a US preacher’s “end of the world” prophesy, his faithful were awaiting Judgment Day again Friday based on his “recalculated” prediction. Harold Camping, the evangelist of Family Radio based in Oakland, California, caused a global stir earlier this year when…

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