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Democrat questions TSA over Israeli-style ‘chat downs’

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) on Monday called for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to halt the implementation of a new behavioral screening program that is modeled after Israel’s airport security screening methods. He is a ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security. The 60-day Behavior Detection Officer pilot…

Ron Paul got ‘shafted’ by the media: Politico’s Roger Simons

Politico’s chief columnist, Roger Simon, on Monday accused the media of under-reporting Congressman Ron Paul’s significant achievement in the Ames Straw Poll. Paul came in second place in the Ames Straw Poll, with 4,671 votes, barely falling below Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s 4,823 votes. But the media has almost exclusively focused…

Illinois to restrict Westboro Baptist Church funeral protests

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation Sunday targeting the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church. The new law forces the attention-seeking fundamentalist group to remain further away from funerals. The Westboro Baptist Church believes that God is punishing the United States because of America’s acceptance of homosexuality and has gained infamy for…

Racists plague New York Fire Department, court told

NEW YORK — The storied New York Fire Department was accused Monday of being plagued by racism against its tiny minority of black firefighters. The start of the third week of a federal discrimination trial saw a representative for one of the lead plaintiffs — the Vulcan Society for black…

U.S. ‘deeply troubled’ by new Israeli settlements

WASHINGTON — The United States said Monday that Israel’s decision to build nearly 300 new homes in the occupied West Bank is “deeply troubling,” and contradict efforts to revive peace talks with the Palestinians. “We have seen… reports of this approval for apartments in the West Bank. We consider it…

Study explains coffee’s anti-cancer effect

WASHINGTON — Coffee has been shown to reduce the risk of skin cancer by helping kill off damaged cells that could otherwise turn into tumors, according to a US study published on Monday. The findings indicate that moderate caffeine drinking, or perhaps even applying coffee to the skin, could be…

Police search for thieves who stole Rembrandt drawing

LOS ANGELES — Police were on the lookout Monday for two people suspected in the theft of a Rembrandt drawing from a luxury hotel in the California beachfront resort of Marina del Rey, Los Angeles police said. “The Judgment,” a pen and ink drawing with an estimated value of $250,000,…

Texas man bites woman, ‘confesses’ to being 500-year-old vampire after arrest

A Texas man claiming to be a vampire faces felony charges after breaking into a woman’s home and biting her early Saturday morning, the Galveston County Daily News reported. “I’m a vampire and I’ve been alive for over 500 years,” he told the the Galveston Police Department after being arrested.…

Revealed: Public utility company paid $5,000 for dinner with Gov. Perry

A public utility company in San Antonio, Texas was caught recently making a political donation to the state’s Republican Party, in exchange for a ticket to a fundraising dinner that was attended by Gov. Rick Perry and other top officials. The donation came from CPS Energy, the public electric utility…

‘It’s going to be Hillary Clinton in 2016′: former PA gov

The 2012 election may not have been decided yet, but one man already knows who his 2016 candidate will be. “It’s going to be Hillary Clinton in 2016,” former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell told the New York Post. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is already rumored as a candidate,…

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