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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…

Watch live: President Obama’s speech on reducing U.S. troops in Afghanistan

Watch President Barack Obama address the nation from the Oval Office to unveil his plans to reduce U.S. troops in Afghanistan, courtesy of MSNBC, below: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

New bill ending federal ban on marijuana to be introduced in Congress

Reps. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Ron Paul (R-TX) will introduce legislation on Thursday to the U.S. House of Representatives that ends the federal prohibition on marijuana. The Oakland Tribute reported that the bill would limit the federal government to enforcing cross-border or inter-state smuggling laws, and allow people to grow, possess, use or…

Ethanol subsidy caused corn price surge

WASHINGTON — US ethanol subsidies pushed up corn prices as much as 17 percent in 2011, according to a study released Wednesday at a time when Washington’s policies on biofuels are coming under heightened scrutiny. The study by Bruce Babcock of Iowa State University and released by the Geneva-based International…

Florida sold citizens’ driver’s license information for $62 million

The State of Florida made $62,968,946 from the sale of Floridians driver’s license information in the last fiscal year, a practice that has been occurring almost unknown for years. I-Team investigator Michael George reported that the state’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles sells drivers’ license information, including Floridians…

GOP candidate’s ad shows China taking over U.S. thanks to Obama

A campaign advertisement for a Republican congressional candidate from Nevada that depicts the Chinese army marching on the U.S. Capitol has upset an Asian-American group. In the ad, a fake Chinese news anchor explains that the Chinese empire was able to rise again thanks to President Barack Obama raising the…

Gun advocate allegedly punches Wisconsin union activist in the face

A daily non-violent singalong at the Wisconsin Capitol turned ugly Tuesday when it was interrupted by a former Republican state senator and two pro-gun advocates. Former state Sen. David Zien yelled “Walker for president” while the two other men attempted to cover some of the union activists with the former…

N.J. Republican’s bill would jail gov’t. workers for enforcing health reforms

A bill proposed by a state assemblywoman in New Jersey would have government employees thrown in jail for up to five years if they attempt to enforce any part of the health reforms passed by Congress last year. Its sponsor — Assemblywoman Alison Little McHose (R) — reportedly copied much…

Report: O’Keefe took $100 from man claiming to be crack pipe dealer

Conservative media prankster James O’Keefe accepted $100 from a man who claimed to be a crack pipe dealer during the RightOnline conference, according to a report in the notorious Buffalo Beast. Of course, the man wasn’t really a crack pipe salesman: he’s Ian Murphy, the gonzo journalist who posed as…

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