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Report: Jim DeMint not running for president in 2012

WASHINGTON – Tea party hero and Republican Sen. Jim DeMint (SC) has privately ruled out a presidential run in 2012, according to the Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza. Though he was never a top contender, DeMint carries significant weight with the tea party movement, which is expected to play an important…

Egypt protests draw biggest crowd yet

CAIRO – Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators flooded Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square and towns across Egypt on Tuesday, in the biggest show of defiance to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak since the revolt began. In Cairo, the immense crowd hailed as a hero a charismatic cyberactivist and Google executive whose Facebook…

Freed Google executive arrives at Cairo protest

CAIRO – Freed Egypt activist Wael Ghonim arrived at the epicentre of anti-regime protests in Cairo on Tuesday where he was welcomed as a hero by the crowd of hundreds of thousands. The crowd surged towards him, many weeping, clapping and shouting: “Long live Egypt, long live Egypt!” The young…

Batman’s French Muslim ally angers rightwing US bloggers

Batman has battled many enemies but now has to face the anger of rightwing US bloggers furious that the comic book caped crusader has recruited a Muslim to run his crime-fighting franchise in Paris. “The character’s name is Bilal Asselah and he is an Algerian Sunni Muslim and an immigrant…

Berkeley tables vote on calling alleged WikiLeaker a hero

Berkeley postpones vote on whether to honor alleged WikiLeaker for exposing US ‘war crimes’ The Berkeley City Council has indefinitely delayed a vote on whether to bestow hero status on a soldier who allegedly released classified information to WikiLeaks. Some council members in this famously liberal city said Tuesday night…

Obama calls Aung San Suu Kyi ‘a hero of mine’

US President Barack Obama welcomed the release of Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday, calling her “a hero of mine” and saying it was time for the Myanmar junta to free all political prisoners. “While the Burmese regime has gone to extraordinary lengths to isolate and silence Aung San Suu…

JetBlue’s ‘freakin’ flier’ becomes overnight ‘folk hero’

A flight attendant furious with passengers who refused to follow his instructions told them off over the loudspeaker before pulling the chute to make his own dramatic personal emergency exit, police said. “A day after the attendant-turned-wing-nut had a meltdown on a flight from Pittsburgh, eight Facebook fan pages have…

After years of praise, Glenn Beck decides to label Bush a ‘progressive’

At one point in his career, right-wing pundit Glenn Beck happily declared that President George W. Bush and D.C. Comics icon Batman are just alike: both strong and unafraid to take down the bad guys, no matter where they hide. … Which is why it was a bit odd listening…

Austin suicide pilot’s daughter calls father a ‘hero’, then recants

Joe Stack — a 53-year-old accordion player from Austin, Texas, who smashed his single engine aircraft into an IRS office killing one and injuring 15 others — is a “hero” in the eyes of his daughter. Or, maybe he isn’t. In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Samantha Bell,…

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