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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…

Bachmann warns politicians ‘looting’ America in latest Iowa TV ad

Republicans presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann championed her vote against raising the debt limit in her third television advertisement. The ad, entitled “Believe It,” began airing statewide in Iowa on Wednesday. “Back in Washington, politicians are looting the treasury and bankrupting our nation,” Bachmann says in her 30-second spot. “And Barack…

Frank Rich: Americans immured to Murdoch’s way of business

New York magazine writer Frank Rich explained Wednesday on MSNBC why Americans were still “in denial” about News Corporation owner Rupert Murdoch. “What happened in England isn’t going to stay in England,” he said. “We, over 35 years, have become immured to the Murdoch way of doing business, which includes…

Defense chief Panetta warns of ‘hasty’ budget cuts

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Wednesday against any extra deep spending cuts to the Pentagon budget which could be triggered by a further stalemate in the battle to slash the US deficit. While the new Pentagon chief said he believed defense spending could be reduced responsibly, he was…

WATCH LIVE: President Obama addresses crowd at birthday fundraiser in Chicago

Watch President Barack Obama’s speech at his birthday fundraiser in Chicago below: Streaming Live by Ustream…

FCKH8 ruffle feathers of Minnesota Family Council with profanity-laced video

The Minnesota Family Council lashed out at FCKH8, a California-based group, for producing a brightly-colored video that irreverently attacks supporters of a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriages in the state, according to The Minnesota Independent. “Just after the New York legislature forced same-sex marriage on New Yorkers without…

Law professors: Academics ‘guest authoring’ ghostwritten studies should be charged with fraud

Academics who lend their names to medical and scientific articles ghostwritten by the pharmaceutical industry should be charged with fraud under the the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), according to two University of Toronto Faculty of Law professors. The pharmaceutical industry often conducts research, but allows academic experts…

U.S. charges 72 over ‘nightmare’ Internet child porn network

WASHINGTON — US officials Wednesday unveiled charges against 72 people in their largest global probe into Internet child pornography which smashed a “nightmare” online bulletin board catering to pedophiles. The investigation launched in 2009 has led to arrests in the US and 13 other countries of participants in Dreamboard, which…

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