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U.S. has ‘long way to go’ after poor jobs report: Obama

President Barack Obama said Friday the US economy has “a long way to go” towards a strong recovery, after the government released weak jobs figures showing unemployment crept up to 9.2 percent. Obama said the poor jobs report “confirms what most Americans already know,” that the recovery from what he…

Hip-hop track tells story of Pittsburgh violinist assaulted by police

Jordan Miles was just 18-years-old when, in Jan. of 2010, three undercover Pittsburgh police officers confronted him on the street at night and beat him into a bloody pulp. Miles, a violinist and honor student who attended the prestigious Creative and Performing Arts High School, said he resisted arrest because…

White supremacist David Duke goes on televised anti-semitic rant

Potential Republican presidential candidate and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke told RT’s Thom Hartmann Thursday that Jews were the greatest threat to American democracy. “Who, in your opinion, David Duke, are the Republicans most afraid of?” Hartmann asked the former Louisiana state representative. “Would it be the Jews,…

Bachmann has ‘hope’ worsening economy could help campaign

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN), a candidate for the Republican nomination to the presidency, admitted during a recent interview that a worsening economic climate has the potential to help her campaign. Bachmann even went so far as to say she has “hope” that it will — and she’s not the only…

Bachmann pledges to ban ‘all forms of pornography’

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) became the first presidential candidate to sign a pledge created by The Family Leader, a conservative, Iowa-based Christian group that opposes same sex marriage, Sharia law and pornography. By signing the pledge (PDF), Bachmann vowed to support a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage, as well…

Armless man throws out first pitch at Fenway

Tom Willis was born without arms but that didn’t stop him from throwing out the first pitch at Fenway Park Thursday. “My number one goal was to live my life to be the best person I could be, not the best disabled person I could be,” he told Fox News.…

Pakistan rebukes U.S. assessment of journalist’s murder

Pakistan on Friday warned its cooperation in the US-led war on Al-Qaeda was at risk after heavily criticising the top US military officer for suggesting it could have approved a journalist’s murder. The row threatened to further strain relations already damaged by a covert American raid that killed Osama bin Laden two…

Jobs barely rise, dashing hopes of economic revival

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. employment growth ground to a halt in June, with employers hiring the fewest number of workers in nine months, dampening hopes the economy was on the cusp of regaining momentum after stumbling in recent months. Nonfarm payrolls rose only 18,000, the weakest reading since September, the…

Visa again blockades WikiLeaks’ credit card donations

U.S. credit card provider Visa said Thursday that a payment processor in Iceland briefly opened the floodgates to donations to secrets outlet WikiLeaks, so they took the necessary steps to close them again. Icelandic payments processor DataCell had said the blockade was lifted yesterday after months of stalling from Visa…

Texas executes Mexican citizen despite protests

Texas carried out the controversial execution of a Mexican national who was denied his consular rights, ignoring calls for a reprieve from the White House and the Mexican government. Humberto Leal Garcia, 38, is one of at least 51 Mexicans on US death rows who were not informed after their…

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