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House cuts federal spending by $61.5 billion

Medicare, Medicaid remain untouched WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives on Saturday approved legislation to cut federal spending deeply through September, a plan that is sure to be stopped by President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats in the Senate. The Republican-backed bill is a challenge to Obama to…

Cheney’s office misled Colin Powell on Iraq threat, former aide says

Lawrence Wilkerson, the former chief of staff of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, said Friday that former vice president Dick Cheney’s office misled his old boss with bogus information to sell the Iraq War to the American people. This talk with MSNBC’s Cenk Uygur Friday came in the wake…

Bill Maher heckled during talk on women in Muslim world

Dealing with hecklers is nothing new for Bill Maher. In 2007, he went so far as to personally escort one unruly “9/11 truther” off his show’s sound stage. On Saturday, Maher was more reserved when a man interrupted discussion on the treatment of women in the Muslim world. The heckler…

Obama touts education as path to win global competition

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama highlighted Saturday the importance of improving the US education system as a means of maintaining America’s competitive edge in the modern world. “Over the next 10 years, nearly half of all new jobs will require education beyond high school, many requiring proficiency in…

Rep. Weiner calls House GOP’s bluff on ‘Obamacare’

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) gave his fellow congresspersons, albeit in the GOP, an option on Thursday. If they should happen to openly oppose “government-controlled health care,” then they should immediately relinquish their own government-controlled health care coverage. This video was originally uploaded from CSPAN via Mediaite on Feb. 17, 2011.…

US should prepare for future cyber attacks: NSA chief

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – The US National Security Agency (NSA) chief on Thursday urged top computer security specialists to harden the nation’s critical infrastructure against inevitable destructive cyber attacks. “This is an important time,” NSA and Cyber Command director Gen. Keith Alexander said during a presentation at a premier RSA…

Media futurist: Time to replace the Internet

‘Contact’ summit to study replacing DNS with peer-to-peer, democratic networks How can the stranglehold on humanity’s digital communications be broken? One media studies professor has a revolutionary idea. “If we have a dream of how social media could restore peer-to-peer commerce, culture, and government, and if the current Internet is…

TV’s new Wonder Woman revealed

Adrianne Palicki, the beautiful Friday Nights Lights star, is suiting up to become television’s new Wonder Woman. This video is from E! News, broadcast February 17, 2011.…

Frank mocks GOP ‘orgy of self-congratulation’

House Republicans are gearing to pass legislation that would slash federal spending dramatically over the next six months, and which includes extraneous riders that would diminish many of Obama’s accomplishments. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) stood up this morning to mock the GOP’s “orgy of self-congratulation.”: “Mr. Speaker, I guess I…

GOP bill ‘the biggest assault on women’s health in 40 years’

Jamie’s story helps explain why the GOP’s proposed prohibition of insurance coverage to end pregnancies would have a disastrous effect on women’s lives. This video is from Progressive Congress, uploaded on February 16, 2011.…

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