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Actors, musicians demand end to inhumane treatment of Bradley Manning

A group of prominent actors, artists, and musicians joined with leading human rights organizations on Friday to urge President Obama and Defense Secretary Gates to take “immediate action to address the inhumane and unjustified treatment of PFC Bradley Manning at Quantico Marine Base.” “Despite the recommendations of three forensic military…

O’Keefe refuses to be videotaped at tea party event

Asbury Park Press was politely told they couldn’t film James O’Keefe at an tea party event Thursday. O’Keefe is known for his undercover video stings but apparently doesn’t like the camera aimed in his direction. “This is a guy that’s in trouble with the law, he’s got lawsuits up the…

Ron Paul mocks ‘fiscal conservatives’ who cut NPR but approve Afghan war

In a passionate speech to the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) mocked so-called “fiscal conservatives” who voted to cut funding to National Public Radio, even when it’s not clear if such a move would affect the deficit, but don’t seem to mind continuing funding for…

Koch-founded group recycles misleading video to support union-busting in Ohio

A new ad out of FreedomWorks, the political advocacy group funded in-part by arch conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch, rankled critics Friday for recycling footage from a California protest to smear union workers in Ohio. The ad was part of a larger campaign FreedomWorks is planning, which includes a…

Rand Paul’s budget eliminates agency that regulates nuclear safety

WASHINGTON – As radiation particles from the nuclear hazard in Japan send residents fleeing and make their way across the Pacific Ocean, one U.S. senator introduced a plan to get rid of the agency that regulates nuclear safety. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) unveiled his five-year budget plan Friday, a radical…

WATCH Live: Obama addresses the situation in Libya after UN approves no-fly zone

Watch the video of Obama’s comments on the situation in Libya and the UN Security Council’s approval of a no-fly zone live below: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

IRS looks to destroy the entire medical marijuana industry, Calif. seller warns

Tax lawsuit could force reclassification of cannabis to Schedule III The founder of one marijuana dispensary in California is taking action to prevent the IRS from destroying the entire medical marijuana industry. Lynette Shaw, the owner and founder of Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana (MAMM) in Fairfax, California, was stunned…

Judge temporarily blocks Wisconsin anti-union law

A Wisconsin judge on Friday issued a temporary order blocking the state’s highly controversial new law stripping the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions. Judge Maryann Sumi of Dane County issued the order in response to a request by District Attorney Ismael Ozanne (D). As The Associated Press summarized,…

Breakthrough: Majority of Americans back gay marriage

For the first time in history, a majority of Americans support gay marriage, according to a new poll. A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll found that support for same-sex marriage has increased significantly in the last decade. Backing of gay marriage has grown to 53 percent, while 44 were opposed,…

Obama admin. proposes wiretapping media pirates

In today’s media saturated age, savvy consumers have grown mindful of what’s on. But soon, you’ll also need to be sure of where that video came from too — or Uncle Sam might decide to listen in on your phone conversations. That’s no joke: it’s actually just one in a…

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