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Treatment of accused WikiLeaks source ‘cruel and unusual’: ACLU

In a letter sent to Defense Secretary Robert Gates today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the Department of Defense’s treatment of 23-year-old Pfc. Bradley Manning was a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution. Manning faces numerous charges for stealing classified files and is suspected as the source of…

House panel votes to defund NPR after emergency GOP hearing

WASHINGTON – The House Rules Committee on Wednesday voted 6-5 to defund National Public Radio after an emergency hearing called by Republicans, sending the measure to the floor for debate Thursday. The committee examined and approved H.R. 1070, a bill designed “to prohibit Federal funding of National Public Radio,” the…

Republican lawmaker blames 11-year-old victim of alleged gang rape

Elected officials should know better than to blame the victim of a sex crime. While it’s a common tactic of abusers, it’s something no one expected of Republican Florida state Rep. Kathleen Passidomo. During debate over a bill that would legislate a dress code for Florida students, Passidomo blamed the…

Rush Limbaugh mocks Japan, jokes that ‘Gaia’ struck because they’re environmentalists

Republican radio talk show kingpin Rush Limbaugh got a kick out of one caller today who suggested that since Japan is so environmentally friendly, maybe the Earth or “Gaia” reached out and slapped them for it. Limbaugh seemed so amused by the theory that he ran with it, turning a…

Sharron Angle: I’m running for Congress in 2012

Failed GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle announced Wednesday that she will seek a House seat in 2012, passing up another Senate run in favor of a reliably conservative Nevada district that she stands a much better chance of winning. The ever-colorful Angle earned the fury of liberals for remarks about…

Watch live: Michael Moore, workers protest at Michigan Capitol

Hundreds showed up Wednesday at the Michigan State Capitol to protest Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s legislation that gives emergency financial managers the power to terminate labor contracts and even dissolves or consolidate cities. Filmmaker Michael Moore provided several busses throughout the state Wednesday morning to help demonstrators get to the…

White House backs online ‘privacy bill of rights’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The White House urged Congress on Wednesday to approve a “consumer privacy bill of rights” that would regulate the collection and use of personal data on the Internet. Assistant Commerce Secretary Lawrence Strickling called for the legislation at a hearing on online privacy held by the Senate…

House Republicans secure votes to pass sweeping anti-abortion bill

WASHINGTON – High-priority Republican legislation aimed at curtailing abortion rights across the United States is on its way to passage in the House, having secured enough co-sponsors for approval on the floor. Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), H.R. 3, “The No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act,” would eliminate employer…

US still wants to expand nuclear energy: Chu

WASHINGTON — The United States still wants to expand nuclear plant construction despite the Japan disaster and sees nuclear power as a key part of clean energy efforts, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Wednesday. Testifying at a House subcommittee hearing about President Barack Obama’s request for energy funds in the…

National Review editor defends Bradley Manning

Bradley Manning has found yet another unexpected defender. An editor at the conservative National Review magazine is speaking out on behalf of Manning, the Army private accused of leaking U.S. State Department cables to WikiLeaks. Robert VerBruggen declared Tuesday that there was “no excuse” for subjecting Manning, who has not…

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