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U.S. recommends death penalty in USS Cole attack

WASHINGTON — A US military prosecutor is recommending the prime suspect in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole be tried at Guantanamo in what would be the first military tribunal under the Obama administration, the Pentagon said Wednesday. “Military commissions prosecutors have sworn charges against Abd al-Rahim Hussayn Muhammad…

Son pulls own teeth with pliers after father refuses help

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – A man was charged with child endangerment after his teenage son pulled out two of his own teeth with pliers because his father refused to take him to a dentist, authorities said on Wednesday. Francisco Torres, 41, was arrested on Tuesday after police determined that his 14-year-old…

Breitbart accuses MSNBC of being controlled by Soros, Podesta, Ayers and Media Matters

In a contentious interview with MSNBC’s Martin Bashir Wednesday, Andrew Breitbart accused the network of being controlled by George Soros, John Podesta, Bill Ayers and Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert. Breitbart also admitted during the interview that he had not watched the entire Shirley Sherrod tape before posting it to his…

Obama: Tax Warren Buffett to save Social Security

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Tuesday that Social Security’s long-term solvency can be secured by raising more revenues from wealthy taxpayers like Warren Buffett. “I’ll just give you one example of a change that would make a difference in Social Security,” the president said at a town hall in…

Paul Ryan already benefited from the Social Security fund he now wants to gut

Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP’s most outspoken advocate for cutting and privatizing Social Security, has already benefited from Social Security himself, in the form of survivor benefits he received after his father’s untimely death. From the age of 16, when his 55-year-old father died of a heart attack, until he…

Paul Ryan defends tax breaks for the rich and gets booed at town hall

Constituents in Wisconsin are letting Rep. Paul Ryan (R) know that they aren’t happy with his plan to extend tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. An audience at a town hall in Milton, Wisconsin booed the congressman when he tried to defend his proposal. “The middle class is disappearing right…

Big Pharma set to take over medical marijuana market

Just as the federal government is clamping down on medical marijuana dispensaries, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) may be set to give Big Pharma the clearance to take over the market. In 2007, GW Pharmaceuticals announced that it partnered with Otsuka to bring “Sativex” — or liquefied marijuana — to…

Poll: Majority of Republicans want higher taxes on the rich

WASHINGTON – A majority of self-identified Republicans favor higher taxes on wealthy Americans, according to a new ABC/Washington Post poll published Tuesday. Fifty-four percent of Republicans support calls to raise marginal tax rates on family income higher than $250,000, as President Barack Obama called for last Wednesday in a speech.…

Palin defends Trump’s birther talk, plays coy on candidacy

One-time Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is no stranger to the spotlight — most would say, by choice. She’s also familiar with the spotlight’s frequent companion: criticism. Now, possible GOP presidential contender Donald Trump seems to be following in Palin’s 24/7 media circus footsteps. Trump is all but unavoidable…

GOP claim that tax cuts raise revenues rated ‘False’

WASHINGTON – The Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checker PolitiFact took on the Republican claim that reducing tax rates has always produced higher federal revenues, rating it “false.” “Every time we’ve cut taxes, revenues have gone up, the economy has grown,” Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) said Sunday on ABC’s This Week, making the…

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