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US government accidentally shuts down 84,000 websites during child porn raid

Approximately 84,000 websites were shut down and wrongfully accused of having links to child pornography as part of “Operation Protect Our Children,” a new joint operation between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ). The DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Tuesday that it had…

New York priest sentenced to prison for altar boy rapes

PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts (Reuters) – A New York man convicted of raping two altar boys while he was a Roman Catholic priest was sentenced to spend more than 20 years in prison on Wednesday. Gary Mercure’s “ghastly, incomparable acts” inflicted immeasurable suffering on his victims, said Judge John Agostini in handing…

Stewart slams CPAC Republicans who attacked Obama

Stewart responds to Republicans’ attacks on Obama at CPAC’s annual conference on Saturday. This video is from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, broadcast Feb. 15, 2011. The Daily Show – C-SNAPTags: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook…

O’Donnell: Michelle Obama cartoon is a ‘racist obscenity’

On Tuesday, Lawrence O’Donnell called a controversial cartoon of Michelle Obama a “racist obscenity”. The cartoon depicts the First Lady binge-eating while campaigning to promote healthy eating, and depicts President Obama “in a half man, half animal form”. This video is from MSNBC, uploaded on February 16, 2011. Visit msnbc.com…

New White House spokesman makes smooth debut

WASHINGTON — New White House spokesman Jay Carney emerged unscathed from his first tangle with the press Wednesday, at times resorting to the artful dodging of the man he replaced, Robert Gibbs. Carney, a former Time magazine reporter, once lobbed questions at the lectern in the press briefing room himself.…

Politics or marketing, Trump builds a White House bid

WASHINGTON — He’s blunt. He’s brash. And he hopes Americans will put a reality TV star in the White House. Developer Donald Trump wants to add the White House to his brand. Billionaire Trump, famous to Americans for his vintage New York bluster, glamorous wives, business empire and TV show…

Fed sees firmer US recovery

WASHINGTON — The US economic recovery is now on a firmer footing, with consumers and businesses spending more despite still-high unemployment, according to Federal Reserve’s top policy panel. Minutes of the Fed’s January meeting, published Wednesday, pointed to the bank’s more optimistic view of the US recovery, despite persistent high…

Scott Brown reveals personal history of sexual abuse, domestic violence

Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, a tea party favorite who filled the seat formerly held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, made a shocking revelation to CBS News this week: that at age 10, he was repeatedly sexually molested by a summer camp counselor who threatened to murder him if he…

Mike Huckabee likens abortion to slavery

WASHINGTON – Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) compared abortion to slavery at an anti-abortion fundraiser, according to the University of Tennessee’s Daily Beacon. Huckabee, a top contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, said abortion shouldn’t be a states rights issue, as that would be like making slavery a…

Maddow hypothesis: Boehner is ‘bad at his job’

Rachel Maddow steps up: “Nobody has said it so I feel like I have to…I think that John Boehner is really bad at his job.” This video is from MSNBC, uploaded on February 15, 2011. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

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