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Birtherism runs into a couple of speed bumps

I could write some about how the GOP is trying to use anti-choice nonsense to redefine rape so that simply saying “no” or being legally unable to consent isn’t enough, but it’s Friday, and I’m in a good mood and I don’t want to depress myself. So, instead I’m going…

That general winding down feeling you’re getting is not an illusion

So, that speech sucked. The prior sentence could refer to all of the speeches last night, but obviously the one in question is Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. Last night, the emptiness of it pissed me off, particularly how he talked a big game about innovation and moving…

Noam Chomsky urges Iran to release captive Americans

World-renowned scholar and MIT professor Noam Chomsky released a video message calling on Iran to release two Americans detained on suspicions of espionage. Three Americans hiking along the Iran-Iraq border were detained in Tehran on charges of espionage in 2009. One of them, Sarah Shourd, was released last September. The…

Exclusive: Obama may cut Social Security, Sanders tells Raw

One-year payroll tax holiday key to toppling seniors’ safety net, Sanders warns Social Security may be on the White House chopping block, a US Senator recently told Raw Story, expressing deep uneasiness about President Barack Obama’s noncommittal attitude toward staving off cuts to the cherished program. “I have to tell…

Up to half in US have pre-existing conditions: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As many as 129 million Americans under age 65 have medical problems putting them at risk of being rejected by insurance companies or having to pay more for coverage, according to a U.S. government study reported by the Washington Post on Tuesday. The Department of Health and…

Obamas volunteer at school to celebrate King holiday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama volunteered at a local school on Monday to mark the Martin Luther King Day holiday, testing his talents as a painter while emphasizing the importance of community service in America. Obama, who was joined by his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters, helped out…

Public support for health care repeal plummets: AP poll

Public support for repealing last year’s sweeping health care reform law has fallen dramatically in the aftermath of a shooting rampage in Arizona that critically injured a Democratic congresswoman. Only one in four Americans said they support full repeal of the reforms, according to a newly-released Associated Press-GfK poll, and…

GOP New Jersey governor says no to 2012 presidential race

WASHINGTON — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a rising star in the Republican party, ruled out a presidential run in 2012, telling an interviewer that President Barack Obama “can rest easy.” The governor was pressed on his intentions in an interview on Fox News Sunday, which highlighted poll numbers showing…

Fox News began criticizing Tucson memorial even before it ended

President Barack Obama warned that the next news cycle after the service for the Tucson shooting victims shouldn’t drift away into “point scoring and pettiness.” But that’s exactly what happened at Fox News, even before the memorial service had ended: a reality difficult for Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart to stomach.…

Obama: ‘Gabby opened her eyes’

While eulogizing the victims of Saturday’s mass shooting, President Barack Obama revealed that just after he left the hospital doctors said that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) “opened her eyes” for the first time since being shot in the head. “Gabby opened her eyes,” he said to cheers. “So I can…

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