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Clinton: Syrian President Assad has ‘lost legitimacy’

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hit back Monday after Syrian “thugs” besieged the US embassy in Damascus, saying President Bashar Al-Assad was “not indispensable” and had “lost legitimacy.” Syria’s charge d’affaires was summoned to the foreign ministry in Washington to explain the Assad regime’s “outrageous” failure to meet…

FBI investigating brutal hate crime against Native American family

The FBI is investigating an alleged hate crime against a Native American family after local law enforcement released the three white assailants without charges in May. Indian Country Today reported that three men armed with baseball bats, knives and a crowbar confronted Johnny Bonta and his son-in-law while they were…

Arizona lawmaker points loaded gun at reporter’s chest

A freshman Arizona state Senator may be in need of some gun safety lessons. Richard Ruelas, a reporter for The Arizona Republic, found himself staring down the barrel of Republican state Sen. Lori Klein’s raspberry-pink firearm during a recent interview at the Capitol. “Oh, it’s so cute,” Klein said of…

White House admits marijuana has ‘some’ medical value

Just days after the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) insisted that there is no medical value to marijuana, the White House appeared to contradict the position, saying in a report that there may actually be “some” medical value to “individual components of the cannabis plant” after all. The statement was just…

Ashton Kutcher’s crusade against sex ads rooted in prior anti-prostitution efforts

At the beginning of July, actor Ashton Kutcher brought heaps of publicity to his new anti-trafficking charity by updating his over seven million Twitter followers with the news that he convinced American Airlines to remove their ads from Village Voice Media publications. “Hey @AmericanAir are you aware that you are…

Obama presses Republicans on debt deal

President Barack Obama, aiming to break an impasse in crisis talks on US debt, declared himself ready on Monday to pay the political price of a painful compromise and pressed his Republican foes to do the same. “I do not see a path to a deal if they don’t budge,…

Panetta makes 9/11 gaffe in Iraq

Newly appointed US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta told American troops in Baghdad on Monday that 9/11 was the reason they were in Iraq, before he was quickly corrected by his spokesman. “The reason you guys are here is because of 9/11. The US got attacked and 3,000 human beings got…

Director hopes new film will be ‘Brokeback Mountain’ for atheists

Director Matthew Chapman hopes that his new movie will do for atheists what Brokeback Mountain did for the gay community. In the new film The Ledge, Charlie Hunnam plays an atheist named Gavin who is about to kill himself because of a dispute with a Christian villain named Joe (played…

NY mobster asks for leniency after FBI traumatizes his puppy in raid

Frank “Frankie Steel” Pontillo is accused of “buying less than $10,000 worth of stolen TVs and other electronic equipment from a mob snitch in a sting operation,” but he has his own accusation to make, pointed at the FBI. Pontillo claimed that in a raid on his home, FBI agents…

Bachmann did not read pledge calling slavery a better arrangement for blacks

When Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann signed a pledge that claimed black Americans were better off as slaves than they are today, she apparently hadn’t read it in detail. Her campaign said Saturday that she actually didn’t agree with that part of the pledge. By signing the pledge created by…

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