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McCain spokesman: McCain doesn’t speak for campaign on taxes

MSNBC’s Dan Abrams talked with Huffington Post editor Roy Sekoff, Republican strategist Andrea Tantaros and Democratic analyst Tanya Acker about a flip-flop by the McCain campaign on a pledge not to raise taxes. Speaking to George Stephanopoulos about the possibility of raising payroll taxes, John McCain said, “There is nothing…

Colbert: Torture is in the eye of the beholder

Stephen Colbert used his “The Word” segment to consider a Justice Department memo that said that harsh interrogation tactics were legal if the interrogator had an “honest belief” that the tactics were not torture. Colbert said, “This proves the administration does respect human rights. The human rights of interrogators.” This…

New York police hit man 10 times with baton during arrest

An exclusive video obtained by WNBC shows a man being repeatedly beaten with a metal baton as he is arrested. WNBC reported: “The NYPD has temporarily taken away the badge and gun of the baton-wielding officer and placed him on desk duty as investigators review his repeated strikes July 4th…

Daily Show: McCain strategy ‘relentless gaffes and awkwardness’

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart and John Oliver discuss how John McCain’s campaign is using pity to win the election. John Oliver notes that the strategy worked during the primaries. “He was going nowhere until people noticed he was going nowhere and that turned the whole thing around,” said Oliver.…

Alaska Senator Ted Stevens indicted on 7 counts

Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican senator and a figure in Alaska politics since before statehood, has been indicted on seven counts of falsely reporting hundreds of thousands of dollars in services he received from a company that helped renovate his home. Stevens, 84, has been dogged by a federal…

TSA performing emotional screening of passengers

KXAN reported: “Transportation Security Administration officials aren’t just concerned with what is in your luggage anymore. Some are being trained to assess what’s going through your mind. Behavior Detection Officers who work for the TSA go through a week long training in order to look for travelers displaying involuntary physical…

Canada to investigate deaths of two Afghan children

OTTAWA, July 28 (Reuters) – Canada will investigate why its troops opened fire on a car in southern Afghanistan, killing two small children, Defence Minister Peter MacKay said on Monday. He noted, however, that earlier probes into similar civilian deaths had always absolved the soldiers involved. Military officials say a…

ABC: Actual budget deficit nearly $600 billion

On Monday, a White House report showed that the U.S. budget deficit would balloon to 482 million in 2009. ABC’s Claire Shipman reported that the actual deficit is closer to $600 billion when war, unemployment costs, medicare fees, and the new housing bill is included. This video is from ABC’s…

Whoopi kissed a girl and she liked it

The View’s Whoopi Goldberg puckers up Katy Perry who has a new hit song “I kissed a girl.” Goldberg exclaimed, “I liked it!” This video is from ABC’s The View, broadcast July 28, 2008. Download video…

CNN: Federally funded group unites McCain with lobbyists

CNN’s Joe John’s reported that John McCain is a supporter of the International Republican Institute in Washington, DC. The group’s website shows John McCain being introduced by Chairman of AT&T who had recently contributed $200,000 to the institute. At the time, McCain was still the chairman of the Senate committee…

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