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House Republicans contest Obama’s use of autopen

WASHINGTON — Twenty-one Republican House members wrote President Barack Obama on Friday, asking him to promise to never again use a long-distance “autopen” to sign a bill. Last month, Congress authorized an extension of the post-9/11 Patriot Act just 15 minutes before the expiration of key provisions allowing for controversial…

Couple kissing at Vancouver riots caught on video

The photo of a couple kissing during the Vancouver riots Wednesday night quickly went viral when it hit the Internet. The Star has now identified the couple in the photo as Canadian Alexandra Thomas and her Australian boyfriend Scott Jones. “When I first saw it, I thought, ‘No way, that’s…

CIA denies spying on U.S. critic of Iraq war

WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency on Friday denied allegations by an ex-spy that it had sought information on a US professor who was critical of the Iraq war in order to discredit him. Glenn Carle, who served as a top CIA counter-terrorism official, had told The New York Times…

White House spokesman: Obama is ‘the most progressive president ever’ on gay rights

White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer told a liberal crowd Friday that Barack Obama has been “the most progressive president” America has ever had on the issue of gay rights. “This president has been the most progressive president on these issues we’ve ever had,” Pfeiffer said during a panel discussion…

Schultz mocks Beck’s ‘ugly divorce’ with Fox News

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz responded Thursday after Fox News’ Glenn Beck called him a “piece of trash” on his radio show. Beck had been upset with Schultz for reporting that the conservative host had appeared to point to a photo of President Barack Obama while telling his viewers to buy guns.…

O’Reilly: David Vitter should ‘absolutely’ leave Congress

In the wake of Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-NY) resignation brought on by an online sexting scandal, Bill O’Reilly said that Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) — who years ago confessed to hiring prostitutes — should leave Congress. “I don’t think Vitter should be there,” the Fox anchor told Alan Colmes. “Absolutely…

President Carter urges U.S. to rethink drug war

Former President Jimmy Carter, in an editorial published by The New York Times on Thursday, urged sitting U.S. officials to rethink the drug war by decriminalizing marijuana possession and focusing on harm reduction policies over hard boiled policing. In his essay, Carter looks at the proposals by a global commission…

Dem candidate: GOP opponent linked to most ‘racist, sexist’ ad ever

A Democratic candidate for California’s 36th Congressional District says that her Republican opponent knows more about a raunchy online ad than he is letting on. The conservative group Turn Right USA released video earlier this week depicting Janice Hahn as a stripper. GOP congressional candidate Craig Huey has publicly denounced…

Pawlenty concedes he failed to call out Obama’s ‘co-conspirator’ Mitt Romney

Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty conceded Thursday that he squandered an opportunity to get tough on 2012 GOP rival Mitt Romney during this Monday’s Republican debate. “Well, I think in response to that direct question, I should have been much more clear during the debate, Sean,” Pawlenty said on Fox…

NYPD probes alleged confession of Tupac shooter

The New York Police Department said it was investigating a report by AllHipHop.com, which claims to have the exclusive confession of the man who shot and robbed Tupac Shakur in 1994. A man named Dexter Isaac, currently serving life in prison in New York on a murder-for-hire scheme, said that…

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