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GOP Sen. Jim DeMint joins boycott of CPAC over GOProud

Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) is the latest Republican who has chosen to skip this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) over its inclusion of a pro-gay group. “With leading conservatives organizations not participating this year, Senator DeMint will not be attending,” Wesley Denton, a spokesman for the senator, told CNN.…

Alleged gunman’s family breaks silence

The US lawmaker shot in the head in an attack killing six in Tucson can now breathe unaided, doctors said Tuesday as the gunman’s family broke their silence to say they were “so very sorry.” Surgeons gave an upbeat outlook for Representative Gabrielle Giffords’ condition, as President Barack Obama prepared to travel to Arizona and a…

Boehner cries again (and again, and again)

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner — already famous for his crying stints — let the waterworks flow Wednesday as he assumed the Speaker’s chair from outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi. ABC News reports that Boehner broke out in tears no fewer than three times during the ceremony on Capitol Hill —…

Seattle cop killed partially deaf man over closed knife, attorney insists

Recently released footage from a police cruiser’s dashboard camera shows the events leading up to the fatal shooting of a partially deaf man by a Seattle police officer. John T. Williams, a Native American wood carver who was partially deaf, was killed on August 30th after walking past Officer Ian…

Director Blake Edwards dies in Southern California

Blake Edwards, director of ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s,’ ‘Pink Panther,’ dies at age 88 Blake Edwards, the director and writer known for clever dialogue, poignance and occasional belly-laugh sight gags in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “10″ and the “Pink Panther” farces, is dead at age 88. Edwards died from complications of pneumonia…

Pakistani journalist calls for death penalty for CIA station chief

A Pakistani journalist who says he lost his family in a US drone strike has sued the CIA for $500 million, and is filing a request to keep the CIA’s alleged station chief in Islamabad from leaving the country. “We appeal to the authorities not to let Jonathan Banks escape…

Juan Williams sees Rove-vs.-Palin ‘civil war’ inside GOP

The midterm elections brought big wins for the Republicans but they also exposed fractures within the party. Fox News’ Juan Williams described Sunday what he called a “civil war” between the establishment Republicans and the tea party. “I think there is a civil war of sorts going on,” Williams said.…

Palin compares herself to Reagan to defend reality show

Sarah Palin said Sunday that her new reality television series doesn’t hurt her chances in a 2012 presidential run because President Ronald Reagan was also an entertainer. Karl Rove told the British newspaper Telegraph last week that Palin’s new TLC show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, doesn’t help her 2012 chances. “With…

Byrd family blasts GOP candidate for using funeral photo in attack ad

The family of the late Robert C. Byrd blasted the GOP nominee for his U.S. Senate seat Sunday after he used an image from Byrd’s memorial service in a TV ad attacking the Democratic nominee. The ad by Republican John Raese’s campaign seeks to link President Barack Obama to Gov.…

Glenn Beck blames Weathermen for Homer Simpson’s stupidity

Complaints that TV sitcoms undercut the traditional American family have been commonplace for the last decade. But it took Fox News host Glenn Beck to turn the idea into a far-reaching conspiracy theory. One article from 2003, for example, remarked that “comic portrayals of men have become increasingly negative. The…

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