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Death toll from US tornadoes rises to 350

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (AFP) – The death toll from killer tornadoes in the southern United States rose to at least 350 early Saturday, making the storm the second-deadliest tornado-related tragedy in US history. The worst tornado outbreak in the United States in March 1925 left 747 people dead. The third-deadliest tornado…

Breitbart on Maher: Dems are ‘Dirty Sanchezes’

Risque filmmaker John Waters and controversial conservative Andrew Breitbart went head-to-head on Friday night’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Waters and Maher discussed the meaning of the word “teabagger,” and mocked CBS for censoring Maher when he said it on-air, then Breitbart came back with a zing of his own.…

Andrew Brietbart smearing college professors with deceptively edited video

Andrew Breitbart, who sponsored the heavily edited “pimp” videos that destroyed the anti-poverty group ACORN, is now using the same technique to go after two college professors for statements they allegedly made while teaching a course at the University of Missouri on Labor, Politics and Society. According to MediaMatters, Breitbart’s…

Mississippi tornado topped the scale with 205 mph winds

SMITHVILLE, Miss (Reuters) – The small town of Smithville, Mississippi may have endured the strongest tornado of the dozens that pounded the southern U.S. this week, packing such force that it hurled bodies into nearby fields, weather experts and local officials said on Friday. While other tornadoes got more attention,…

Judge orders John Edwards to answer questions about affair

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) – Former Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards must testify before a judge about his relationship with his former mistress, Rielle Hunter, a North Carolina judge ruled on Friday. The private testimony will come during a deposition set for June 20 as part of a civil…

Bachmann backing away from GOP Medicare plan?

WASHINGTON – The constituent anger over the GOP-approved blueprint to erode Medicare is enough to make any Republican squeamish, but the latest sirens of concern come from an unlikely source: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). The tea party darling, an unabashed supporter of hard-right causes, took to the conservative blog RedState.com…

Huh? Fox stages fake debate between Ron Paul, Obama impersonator

You’ve heard of a “staw man” argument, but this is ridiculous. In a Fox Business broadcast, libertarian opinion host John Stossel hosted Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) in a fake debate with a pretty lousy Obama impersonator. In his best, uh, what Wonkette called “squirrel voice,” the presidential impersonator delivered up…

Feingold compares new Obama fundraising group to Karl Rove

WASHINGTON – Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) on Friday tore into Democrats for launching a new outside group to aid President Barack Obama’s re-election efforts in part by raising undisclosed funds. “Democrats who mirror the right-wing tactics of Karl Rove and David Koch do our nation no favors,” said Feingold,…

Massachusetts Dems vote to strip public unions of bargaining rights

Weren’t Democrats supposed to be in favor of collective bargaining rights? Well, maybe not. Welcome to bizarro world. The Democratic-controlled Statehouse in Massachusetts voted earlier this week to strip public employee unions of their collective bargaining rights, as part of the state’s budget measure. It passed by a vote of…

Labor Department prohibits discrimination based on gender identity

The U.S. Department of Labor is taking steps to become a “model workplace” for gay, lesbian and transgender employees. In a statement Thursday, the department said it would begin prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity and pregnancy. The new policies protect employees and applicants “regardless of race, color, religion, sex…

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