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NYC mayor booed at Triangle fire commemoration

NEW YORK — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was loudly booed Friday at a speech commemorating the deaths a century ago of 146 people in a factory fire that then led to major labor law reforms across the United States. Bloomberg was one of the principal speakers at the ceremonies…

Willie Nelson to dodge jail over pot bust — in exchange for playing a song

On the road again, headed back to the “Live Music Capital of the World” (better known as Austin, Texas) around November of last year, legendary musician Willie Nelson was stopped by police in Hudspeth County. Smelling marijuana in Willie’s trailer, cops conducted a search, found the stash, and took the…

Progressives launch ad against WI justice who called colleague a ‘bitch’

The Wisconsin Supreme Court justice that recently admitted to calling a female colleague a “bitch” now has another problem. Progressives in the state have launched an ad campaign against Justice David Prosser, suggesting that he’s on the side of child molesters. While District Attorney of Outagamie County in 1979, Prosser…

Exclusive: U.S. expansion of biometric tech poses ‘grave danger,’ ACLU tells Raw Story

A recent announcement by the Federal Bureau of Investigations detailing plans to embark on a $1 billion biometrics project and construct an advanced biometrics facility to be shared with the Pentagon has the American Civil Liberties Union on red alert. In an exclusive interview with Raw Story, attorney Chris Calabrese,…

Alaska governor’s pick for key post wants to criminalize adultery, premarital sex

Republican Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell’s nominee for the Alaska Judiciary Council would like to see Alaskans prosecuted for having sex outside marriage. In telephone testimony, Don Haase of Valdez told the state Senate Judiciary Committee that premarital sex should be outlawed because it could “cause violence” and “spread disease,” according…

Grassley knocks GOP 2012 field: ‘Only two or three of them are qualified to be president’

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA) doesn’t seem to have much faith in his party’s 2012 field. Grassley, a 20-year senator and the top Republican on the powerful finance committee, told Radio Iowa that “only two or three of them are qualified to be president.” Raw Story asked Grassley’s…

Jay Smooth to Chris Brown: ‘You’re getting off really easy’

Jay Smooth, the host of New York’s longest running hip-hop radio show, WBAI’s Underground Railroad, has a message for Chris Brown in the wake of his temper tantrum on the set of Good Morning America. Brown’s violent outburst in the wake of questions about his assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna led…

Exclusive: Progressive groups launch campaign to fight GOP’s ‘War on Women’

WASHINGTON – A trio of progressive and women’s groups will unveil a new front in their ongoing campaign Friday afternoon calling on House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to “stop the war on women,” Raw Story has first learned – a reference to the anti-abortion measures Republicans are advancing. The abortion-rights…

Kucinich: Obama impeachment ‘not going to happen’

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) stirred up plenty of buzz this week after telling Raw Story on Monday that President Barack Obama’s military campaign in Libya “would appear on its face to be an impeachable offense.” But Thursday on Fox Business, the Ohio Democrat put the matter to rest, saying that…

Sens. Schumer, Gillibrand join campaign supporting same sex marriage

New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer have become the latest notable figures to call for equal marriage rights for same sex couples. Both appeared in ads Wednesday created by the Human Rights Capaign (HRC). “Some say politicians have a hard time getting to the point,” said Schumer in…

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