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Lawrence O’Donnell explains what European socialism is. And isn’t.

In a Tuesday night segment on The Last Word, Lawrence O’Donnell took Bill O’Reilly to task for his attack on Bill Maher’s definition of socialism, explaining, “socialism doesn’t mean that we’re against making a profit; it just means that government takes over certain things like hospitals, the prisons and the…

Democrat Kathy Hochul wins NY congressional race

BUFFALO, New York (Reuters) – Democrat Kathy Hochul scored an upset and won a special election to represent New York’s 26th congressional district on Tuesday, defeating Republican Jane Corwin. Hochul, the Erie County clerk, declared victory in the conservative upstate district with just over 70 percent of the vote tallied.…

New York Times reporter James Risen subpoenaed in CIA leak case

The U.S. Justice Department subpoenaed New York Times reporter James Risen on Monday to testify at the criminal trial of a former CIA operative cited in Risen’s 2006 book. The New York Times reported that federal prosecutors are seeking information about the CIA operative Jeffrey Sterling, who allegedly leaked information…

White House threatens to veto bill containing ‘worldwide war’ provision

The White House threatened Tuesday to veto the National Defense Authorization Act because of controversial provisions, such as section 1034, which would authorize the United States to use military force anywhere there are terrorism suspects, including within the U.S. itself. “The Administration strongly objects to section 1034 which, in purporting…

Michael Moore: Dems shouldn’t deal with GOP until they remove their tinfoil hats

Appearing on MSNBC’s The Last Word on Tuesday night, filmmaker Michael Moore discussed the Republican’s plan to privatize Medicare and withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Moore suggested that Democrats should stick firm to their platform and tell Republicans that “we will negotiate when you take your tin foil hats off.”…

Protester who heckled Netanyahu in Congress allegedly beaten, arrested at hospital

CODEPINK activist Rae Abileah was arrested at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington D.C. after heckling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to the anti-war group. The 28-year-old Jewish American woman was allegedly tackled by members of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) during Netanyahu’s speech to Congress after…

Leaks trigger clampdown in Strauss-Kahn sex crime case

NEW YORK (AFP) – New York police and prosecutors Tuesday imposed a news blackout amid a series of leaks over the evidence collected in the sex scandal surrounding fallen IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Police Tuesday denied being the source of reports Monday that traces of Strauss-Kahn’s semen had been found…

1,500 still unaccounted for after deadly Missouri tornado

JOPLIN, Missouri – Rescuers combed through overturned cars and flattened buildings Tuesday hunting for survivors after this Missouri town was struck by one of the strongest US tornadoes ever recorded. A massive mile-wide funnel-cloud, with winds of up to 200 miles (320 kilometers) an hour, tore through the town of…

Nevada Republican governor signs transgender job discrimination bill

Despite opposition from within his own party, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R) signed a bill prohibiting job discrimination against transgender people into law on Tuesday. The law makes Nevada the 14th state to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression in the workplace. Hawaii became the 13th…

American Express can no longer be used to buy medical marijuana

American Express is no longer allowing transactions to be processed at medical marijuana dispensaries nationwide, according to published reports. A spokesperson told the LA Weekly that the company made the decision to not allow its credit cards to be accepted for medical marijuana because it is their “policy to adhere…

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