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Scahill: CIA running black site prisons in Somalia

Jeremy Scahill, investigative reporter for The Nation, joined progressive talk show host Thom Hartmann on his satelite radio show Tuesday to discuss the CIA’s latest scandal: black site prisons in Somalia. According to Scahill, it is no longer clear how the Obama administration has made any changes to the Bush-era…

New U.S. software to end ‘naked’ airport scans

In the face of an outcry over so-called “naked” body scans at airports, US authorities on Wednesday announced plans for a new scanning system that eliminates “passenger-specific images.” Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole said the agency would begin installing new software on its scanners “designed to enhance privacy.” The…

U.S. Republicans hit aid to Israel neighbors, Pakistan

US Republicans moved Wednesday to cut aid to several of Israel’s neighbors and to tighten control of assistance to Pakistan, vowing to get tough on Islamic militants and tame US spending. The Republican-led House Foreign Affairs Committee pushed a range of issues in a spending bill for the fiscal year…

NASA fends off tears with shuttle end in sight

NASA astronauts and engineers fought off tears Wednesday as Atlantis made its final approach toward Earth, bringing an end to the 30-year shuttle program and closing a chapter in human spaceflight. The shuttle was set to roll to a stop early Thursday, exactly 42 years after US astronaut Neil Armstrong…

Court: Appeal to assassinate Obama is protected speech

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that calling for someone to kill the President of the United States cannot be classified as a threat because standing law does not prohibit “predictions or exhortations” to violence. In a 2-1 decision, judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that California…

Obama defends handling of crisis debt talks

US President Barack Obama defends his handling of crisis talks to avert a disastrous early August debt default in interviews Wednesday targeting voters in states crucial to his reelection bid. Obama was also expected to hold another round of often acrimonious White House talks with fellow Democrats and his top…

Focus on the Family admits DOMA hurts children

Focus on the Family senior vice president Tom Minnery was forced to admit Wednesday that a federal ban on same sex marriage puts children at a financial disadvantage. Minnery was quizzed by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) while appearing before a Senate panel that is considering legislation to repeal the Defense…

Institute of Medicine recommends free birth control for all

Buried in a 260-page health care report prepared for the federal government, a bombshell recommendation was made: Birth control should be available and free for all women. The Institute of Medicine released its report and recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services for women’s health care this week,…

Franken grills anti-gay rights leader at marriage hearing

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) dismantled Focus on the Family senior vice president Tim Minnery’s claim that children are better off with married straight parents. Minnery had tried to use a 2010 Department of Health and Human Services study to back up his assertion.…

O’Reilly blames ‘secularism’ for student cheating

During a Tuesday segment about cheating in Atlanta schools, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly declared that “secularism” was at the core of the problem. “Do you believe that 95 percent of kids cheat?” liberal radio host Alan Colmes asked O’Reilly. “I would put the number about 85 probably,” O’Reilly said. “It’s…

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