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Stewart mocks Fox News for crediting US with Egypt revolution

Jon Stewart takes on Fox News and others in the media over coverage of the Egyptian revolution, particularly those who sought to give the United States credit for what thousands of demonstrators accomplished in their home country. This video is from Comedy Central, broadcast Feb. 14, 2011 The Daily Show…

Obama urges tackling major debt problems

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for reforming the gigantic government pension and healthcare programs, as well as simplifying the tax code — steps that would go far beyond the $3.7 trillion budget he proposed this week. At a White House news conference, Obama tried to quell…

Rand Paul pleads for conservatives to oppose the PATRIOT Act

WASHINGTON – Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) wrote to colleagues Tuesday voicing objections to the PATRIOT Act as it heads to the Senate for reauthorization, warning that it could turn America into a “police state.” Paul, a tea party favorite who was first elected last November, expressed opposition to warrantless searches…

South Dakota GOP pushes bill to legalize ‘homicide’ in defense of the unborn

“Justifiable” homicide is usually claimed in self defense cases, and in particular home invasions that end up with a dead burglar. You could say it’s one of the many things that’s big in Texas. But in South Dakota, a group of Republican state legislators have crafted a bill that would…

House votes to extend provisions of the PATRIOT Act

The US House of Representatives voted Monday to extend controversial provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act. By a vote of 275 to 144, the House passed a 10-month extension of three USA PATRIOT Act surveillance powers that were set to expire at the end of February. An earlier vote failed…

Obama beats top GOP candidates in Fox News poll

President Barack Obama had a decent lead over his potential Republican challengers in 2012 in a Fox News poll conducted in early February. The poll, which was based on telephone interviews with 911 registered voters, found that Obama had a substantial lead over all of the GOP’s top candidates, most…

Mystery bug claims more victims at Playboy mansion

LOS ANGELES – A mystery illness has infected some 170 people who attended an Internet conference in Los Angeles hosted by the Playboy Mansion among other venues, health authorities said on Monday. The LA County’s Department of Public Health said it is trying to contact all those who attended the…

Academic Earth: Families and Couples

UCLA professor Benjamin Karney’s lively lecture gets students thinking about the meaning of relationships. Academic Earth is a project that offers videos of free lectures from top universities in America. This video is from Academic Earth, uploaded in Spring 2009. Watch it on Academic Earth…

Pentagon budget down due to Iraq pullout: US

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon on Monday proposed a reduced defense budget for the first time since the September 11 attacks, finding savings in the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. The total budget of $671 billion is down from last year’s request of 708 billion but the “base” defense budget…

Obama eyes tax hikes, spending cuts to curb deficit

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama unveiled a $3.73-trillion spending blueprint for 2012 on Monday, including a raft of tax hikes and spending cuts aimed at curbing a record budget deficit. Kicking off what is sure to be a long and brutal political battle over election-year spending, Obama’s plan bets…

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