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Bachmann borrowed from the federal home loan programs she wanted to shut down

Despite the fact that she has spoken against loan insurers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Washington Post discovered that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) took out a mortgage totaling $417,000 to help finance her golf course home — backed by Fannie or Freddie. Weeks later, the woman who would become…

Exclusive: PETA exhibit contrasts slavery, genocide with animal cruelty

A new exhibit on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. is raising eyebrows for its contrast of slavery, genocide and animal cruelty. The display, placed by activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), appears to be a new take on a 2005 PETA campaign that compared slavery…

Texas jail guard guilty of serving up hacksaw blade in taco

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – In old movies, the inmate usually got a hacksaw blade secreted into his cell baked in a cake. But in Texas, it came in a soft taco. Jail guard Alfred Casas, 31, was convicted on Tuesday of smuggling a saw blade to a double murder suspect…

Rural Americans face greater lack of healthcare access: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rural Americans are more likely to suffer from chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart problems and cancer, and face greater difficulty accessing quality healthcare than urban counterparts, according to a report released on Wednesday. The challenges facing healthcare providers for rural areas could be compounded by…

U.S. debt deal elusive as default deadline looms

The United States remained on course Wednesday for a potentially calamitous debt default, with common ground still elusive on a deal that would let Washington borrow the cash it needs to to pay its bills. The White House and its divided Republican foes clashed Tuesday but failed to break an…

Politicos Twitter over debt debate

With the White House and Republicans locked in a tense showdown over the US debt, both sides have taken to social network Twitter with a vengeance to score points in 140 characters or less. Since talks began, President Barack Obama’s communications team and their counterparts on House Speaker John Boehner’s…

US tried to stop Pakistan nuclear drive: documents

WASHINGTON — The United States waged a secret diplomatic campaign in the 1970s to prevent Pakistan from developing nuclear weapons by pressing countries to control exports, declassified documents said. In remarks with striking parallels to current US debates, officials in President Jimmy Carter’s administration voiced fear about Pakistan’s trajectory and…

Bill Maher ‘terribly disappointed’ with Obama, but Republicans ‘certainly a$$holes’

Bill Maher, host of HBO’s Real Time, sat down with MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell Tuesday night to discuss the ongoing debt negotiations. Maher said he was “disappointed, terribly disappointed” with President Barack Obama. “I don’t know what is going on in this man’s mind,” he continued. “I like Obama so…

Anti-gay heavy metal preacher files lawsuit against Rachel Maddow

Attorney Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, has filed a lawsuit against NBC, MSNBC, Rachel Maddow and The Minnesota Independent on behalf of Bradlee Dean, head of the religious ministry You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International. “This case is filed as a matter of…

FBI targets 12 ‘Anonymous’ hacktivists over Koch Industries cyber attack

As part of an ongoing investigation into “coordinated cyber attacks against major companies and organizations” by members of the hacktivist collective “Anonymous,” the FBI is investigating 12 individuals suspected of participating in cyber attacks against business websites operated by Koch Industries. Koch Industries owners Charles and David Koch were being…

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