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Shirley Phelps-Roper: Lack of spanking to blame for ‘Anonymous’ hackers

Shirley Lynn Phelps-Roper, who acts as a spokeswoman for the Westboro Baptist Church, said that groups like ‘Anonymous’ exist because parents no longer spank their children. The website of the Westboro Baptist Church, which has become infamous for picketing soldier’s funerals and carrying signs declaring that “God hates fags,” was…

Senator Leahy calls on State Dept. to review aid to Bahrain

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on State Department and Foreign Operations, has called on the US State Department to review its aid to the military of Bahrain after it cracked down on anti-government protests. “To a watching world, the vicious and orchestrated attacks on civilian protesters…

City attorney, Pulitzer-winning Seattle paper call for marijuana legalization

Last year, many hopeful drug reform advocates expected California to be the first state to officially overturn the prohibition of marijuana. But after Prop. 19′s failure on the state-wide ballot at the end of 2010, few would have expected the next major push for reform would come from Washington. Yet,…

US weighs ‘appropriate’ response on Libya: official

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama is “considering all appropriate actions” on Libya, an administration official said Monday, urging Moamer Kadhafi’s regime not to use force against raging protests. Angry Libyan demonstrators attacked the state broadcaster and set government buildings ablaze on Monday as the leader’s son warned that the…

Chinese pandas head to Japan

A pair of five-year-old pandas from Szechuan, China, are making the journey to a Tokyo zoo, acting as the latest vanguards for China’s “panda diplomacy.” This video is from The Associated Press, broadcast February 21, 2011.…

Deadline looms for government shutdown

Senator Charles Schumer appears on CNN to explain why he thinks Speaker Boehner is “on course that would lead to a [government] shutdown,” calling his behavior “reckless.” This video is from CNN, broadcast February 20, 2011.…

University basketball coach suspended for hitting, kicking a player

John O’Connor, a basketball coach at Holy Family University in Philadelphia, has been suspended after a video of him hitting, pushing, and kicking one of his players last month was leaked to the media. The video shows O’Connor pushing and hitting player Matt Kravchuk to the ground followed with a…

Wisconsin governor calls on Democrats to come home

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Monday called for the return of the 14 Democratic state senators who left the state last week to avoid voting on a bill that that severely curbs state workers’ bargaining rights. “They’ve got to come to Wisconsin, do the job that…

Bloomberg: New York may lose 6000 teachers

In his ongoing battle with Albany over budget cuts, Mayor Bloomberg asks the state to restore part of the budget cut to public schools, or an estimated 6000 teachers will be lost. Bloomberg says that New York is “ready to do our part to help the state, but we all…

Wisconsin Revolts: a video chronicle

University of Wisconsin, Madison staff member and former student Matthew Wisniewski artfully compiles three days of footage (Feb 15-17) from the Madison, WI protest against the SB11 budget repair bill. This video is from Wisniewski’s YouTube account, uploaded February 21, 2011.…

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