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Judge allows Rumsfeld torture suit to proceed

A lawsuit against former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, filed by an unnamed U.S. contractor who claims he was tortured by the military, will proceed to trial. The decision made this week by U.S. District Judge James Gwin is especially important to civil liberties advocates, who’ve seen a number of…

Olbermann: ‘Rupert Murdoch has a drone!’

On last night’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, a new twist to the News Corporation investigations emerged: the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating Rupert Murdoch’s iPad newspaper “The Daily” for piloting a drone aircraft in the U.S. without a license. “Rupert Murdoch has a drone!” Olbermann exclaimed, openly wondering what…

DHS calls Anonymous hackers untalented ‘script kiddies,’ warns of future attacks

A Department of Homeland Security threat assessment released publicly this week labels hackers with the online protest group “Anonymous” as possessing only “rudimentary” hacking skills, calling them “script kiddies” who use exploits created by others to break into secured systems. However, the department warns that a more talented faction of…

Fox News hosts admit they ‘pulled punches’ with Sarah Palin

The fact that Fox News hosts go easy on Sarah Palin is probably not a surprise. But no one expected them to actually admit it. Two hosts on the new Fox News show The Five said Wednesday that they had “pulled punches” when reporting on Palin. “The only problem with…

Huntsman plays Charlie Brown theme song

Little-known Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman rocked out to the Charlie Brown theme song at a campaign stop in New Hampshire Wednesday. Huntsman initially declined to take over the keyboard during his visit to a Manchester music store, but after hearing him play some might question if he’s actually a…

ACLU seeks to uncover cell phone tracking by law enforcement

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) affiliates in 34 states across the U.S. have filed public records requests seeking information from law enforcement agencies as to when, why and how they are using cell phone location data to track Americans. “The ability to access cell phone location data is an incredibly…

Former Sen. Alan Simpson: Who is Grover Norquist a slave to?

Former Senator Alan Simpson (R) appeared on MSNBC’s The Last Word Wednesday, where he called for an investigation into anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist’s influence on the Republican Party. Grover’s anti-tax pledge has been signed by 235 House Republicans and 41 Senate Republicans. “If Grover Norquist is more powerful than the…

Seniors hold ‘knit-in’ protests at New York banks

Seniors outraged at proposed cuts to Medicare held “knit-ins” at bank branches throughout New York City and Long Island on Wednesday afternoon. They knitted blankets that said “Save Medicare,” which they plan to hand-deliver to members of Congress during the August recess. “Medicare is absolutely essential for my health, I…

Bill Maher: Republicans want the economy to tank

Comedian Bill Maher said Wednesday on MSNBC that Republicans hope for economic troubles because it will help them defeat President Barack Obama in 2012. “They want the economy to tank, because that’s their best ticket to beat Obama,” he said. “And the bill they just forced him to sign is…

Native American tribe legalizes same sex marriage

LOS ANGELES — A Native American tribe in the northwestern state of Washington has legalized gay marriage, becoming the second US tribe to do so, legal representatives said Wednesday. The law — proposed by a young lesbian member of the Suquamish tribe around two years ago — was unanimously approved…

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