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Anti-stimulus Republican Allen West endorses stimulus-funded projects

WASHINGTON – Freshman Rep. Allen West (R-FL), who won his House seat partly by bashing the stimulus and government spending, this week hailed stimulus-funded projects for creating jobs and boosting economic growth. “It’s time for incumbent Ron Klein to admit his ideas just don’t work. The stimulus failed to produce…

74 members of Congress file letter questioning impartiality of Justice Thomas

Seventy-four Members of Congress have signed a letter calling for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from cases involving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act because of his family’s financial ties to groups dedicated to lobbying against it. “The appearance of a conflict of interest merits recusal…

Noam Chomsky on how climate change became a ‘liberal hoax’

Noam Chomsky talks about the Chamber of Commerce, the American Petroleum Institute and other business lobbies’ campaigns “to try and convince the population that global warming is a liberal hoax.” According to Chomsky, this massive campaign has succeeded in convincing a good portion of America’s population to doubt the human…

Sen. Gillibrand: GOP bills show a ‘heinous disregard’ for women

At a GOP press conference yesterday in DC, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand harshly criticized the GOP for failing to address the real concerns of voters–focusing instead on bills to limit women’s choices and health care decisions. This video is from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, uploaded on February 09, 2011.…

Fed’s Bernanke tackles congressional critics

WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke fended off criticism that he is ignoring the risk of rising prices Wednesday, as he faced a skeptical Republican-controlled panel in Congress. “We remain unwaveringly committed to price stability,” Bernanke told the House of Representatives budget committee, rejecting claims that rising prices for…

Bill Maher: O’Reilly was disrespectful to the president

Bill Maher joins MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell to talk about Bill O’Reilly’s interview with President Obama during the Super Bowl–calling O’Reilly’s rude interview style “unpatriotic” and “astounding”. This video is from MSNBC’s The Last Word, uploaded on February 08, 2011. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the…

Michelle Obama on the Today Show

Michelle Obama talks frankly about her husband’s handling of the Egyptian crisis, how he handles stress, the 2012 elections and how she hopes to help unify the country around common goals. This is from NBC’s Today Show, uploaded on February 09, 2011. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and…

Ron Paul holds first hearing to scrutinize Fed

WASHINGTON – Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul on Wednesday held his first official hearing to examine the policies of the Federal Reserve on unemployment and economic growth. Paul, an outspoken critic of the Fed, was tapped to chair the House financial services subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology after…

Western eyes: Asian women contemplate eyelid surgery

This documentary follows two Asian-Canadian women who are contemplating eyelid surgery. Maria and Sharon believe that their looks affect how others see them. Filmmaker Ann Shin helps show the pain that lies behind the desire for plastic surgery. This is from The National Film Board, uploaded in 2000.…

Obama seeks longer PATRIOT Act extension than Republicans

Faced with a looming vote on a planned one-year extension of special powers authorized in the USA PATRIOT Act, the Obama White House did not object or propose reforms, as the president vowed to do as a candidate. The Obama administration instead asked Congress to grant those powers for an…

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