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WATCH LIVE: Obama talks jobs in Ohio

President Barack Obama was scheduled to talk about his jobs plan in Columbus, Ohio Tuesday. Watch this live video from MSNBC, broadcast Aug. 13, 2011. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

5 most shocking Census facts about growing poverty in the U.S.

The U.S. Census Bureau released their annual report on poverty Tuesday, outlining the dramatic decline in income and employment in the U.S. The report, “Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010” (PDF), immediately made waves upon its release. Below are the five most shocking new realities…

Pa. judge rules health insurance mandate ‘unconstitutional’

A Pennsylvania judge has ruled that the mandate to purchase health insurance in the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. According to the Associated Press, Judge Christopher Conner in Harrisburg ruled that the mandate was an unconstitutional extension from the federal government under the Commerce Cause. “The nation undoubtably faces a…

Chomsky: Ron Paul is right about al Qaeda

Appearing on Democracy Now! on Tuesday, U.S. scholar and MIT professor Noam Chomsky responded to comments made by Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) during Monday’s tea party debate, suggesting Paul had said nothing controversial at all, despite the audience’s negative reaction. He agreed with Paul’s assessment about al Qaeda’s stated motives…

Medical marijuana clinic owner charged with trading pot for votes

The owner of a medical marijuana clinic in Michigan is facing criminal charges this week after it offered a half-gram of free weed in exchange for patients registering to vote. Shekina Pena, 34, owner of the Your Healthy Choice Clinic in Lansing, Mich., was officially charged on Monday with “Influencing…

GOP Rep. Steve King wants hearings on Obama’s ‘drunken uncle’

House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is calling for President Barack Obama’s “drunken uncle” to testify before Congress. Onyango Obama, who allegedly does not have a valid visa, was arrested in Framingham, Massachusetts, on August 24 and charged in Framingham District Court with operating a vehicle under the…

Poll: Former Democratic voters returning to Obama

Voters who supported Barack Obama in 2008 but either did not vote or voted against Democrats in 2010 are poised to give the president their vote in 2012, according to a recently released poll. The survey (PDF) by the group Third Way, a think tank that supports moderate policies, found…

Senate Republicans block FEMA disaster relief funds

A package of disaster relief funding worth $7 billion was blocked from coming up for a vote by Senate Republicans on Monday, drawing sharp condemnation from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) who lambasted the conservative party for abandoning Americans in need. “Last night, Democrats tried to move forward on…

Google Street View reveals photo of naked woman

ABC’s Good Morning America reported Tuesday morning on on revelations that Google’s “Street View” regularly publishes nude images of unsuspecting bystanders. The search engine’s mapping site often gives users more than just the expected images of roads or buildings. Photos ranging from drug deals to people urinating in public areas…

Google Street View reveals photo of naked woman

ABC’s Good Morning America reported Tuesday morning on on revelations that Google’s “Street View” regularly publishes nude images of unsuspecting bystanders. The search engine’s mapping site often gives users more than just the expected images of roads or buildings. Photos ranging from drug deals to people urinating in public areas…

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