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Sen. Sanders: Koch bros. ‘want to destroy Social Security’

Seeing what he called “an enormous amount of disinformation about Social Security” in the media, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) joined with activist filmmaker Robert Greenwald to produce a video that attempts to explains why. Sanders claims that campaign contributions and hundreds of millions in think tank funding from billionaire industrialist…

Self-help author guilty over sweat lodge deaths

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A US self-help guru was convicted of negligent homicide Wednesday over the deaths of three people at an Arizona “sweat lodge” ceremony in 2009, a court official said. James Ray was found not guilty of the more serious charges of manslaughter over the deaths, which occurred…

Accused Boston crime boss ‘Whitey’ Bulger arrested

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – On the run for 17 years, the accused Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger and his longtime girlfriend were finally caught in California by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday. They were arrested without incident at a residence in Santa Monica, the FBI said in a…

Palin says jury duty cut bus tour short

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said on Wednesday she was pausing her “One Nation” bus tour to answer the call of jury duty and denied media reports her much-hyped multi-state jaunt had been cut short. “The next leg of the tour continues when the time comes,” she said…

Maddow: Afghan drawdown is ‘no change in plans’

Last night, President Barack Obama announced that over 33,000 U.S. soldiers would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of next summer, and at least 10,000 by the end of this year. Though hyped as a significant drawdown, MSNBC’s liberal host Rachel Maddow gave it a bit of perspective, showing…

Author Jonathan Dudley: Same sex marriage opponents are hypocrites

Author Jonathan Dudley, who recently graduated from Yale Divinity School, said on CNN that the vast majority of Christians who oppose same sex marriage are hypocrites for following some Biblical principles but disregarding others. “The community opposed to gay marriage has itself revised the Christian tradition in a host of…

Rep. Frank: Boehner should tax his wealthy friends if he wants to continue Afghan war

Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) said on MSNBC’s The Last Word Wednesday that President Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw 33,000 troops from Afghanistan was disappointing, but not as disappointing as House Speaker John Boehner’s response to the plan. “If Mr. Boehner believes that it is so essential to keep troops there…

Obama orders end to Afghan troop surge

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama ordered all 33,000 US surge troops home from Afghanistan by next summer, declared the beginning of the end of the war and vowed to turn to “nation building” at home. In a pivotal moment for US national security strategy, Obama also signaled in a 13-minute…

U.S. allegedly spying on New York Times reporter James Risen

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen has been subjected to government surveillance and harassment that began under the Bush administration, according to a 22-page affidavit he filed Tuesday. In his 2006 book, “State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration,” author and New York Times reporter James…

Former French minister charged with rape

PARIS — A former French minister and mayor with the ruling party has been charged with rape after accusations he sexually assaulted women working for him at city hall, prosecutors said Wednesday. Georges Tron, formerly a junior civil service minister from President Nicolas Sarkozy’s UMP party, is facing charges of…

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