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Eight in 10 Americans favor legalizing medical marijuana: poll

The medical marijuana debate among American voters is over. Eight in 10 Americans — 81% overall — support allowing doctors to prescribe cannabis, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll. That’s up from just 69% in 1997, the last time the two firms asked that question, and from 75% in…

Wall Street’s payout for 2009: $145 billion

Banks poised to start fearmongering campaign about Obama’s bailout fee If you still needed statistical proof that the folks on Wall Street have become entirely detached from reality in the wake of the massive taxpayer-funded bailout of their colossal mistakes, here it is. The 38 largest financial institutions on Wall…

Polls show Americans growing more hawkish against terror

WASHINGTON — Americans find US anti-terror policies too lax, and believe that the government should err toward increasing security over individual privacy, a new survey found Thursday. More than six respondents in ten to a Quinnipiac University poll — 63 percent to 25 percent — said US anti-terror policies lean…

Public says health care bill doesn’t go ‘far enough’

Far from overreaching on health care reform, a plurality of the public thinks President Obama and Democrats have done too little to regulate the insurance industry, hold down costs and extend coverage, a new poll finds. Forty-three percent of Americans said the health care bill goes “not far enough” in…

Reid backpedals over ‘Negro dialect’ remark about Obama

Mark Halperin and John Heilemann have started a game of media hot potato with a comment set to be published in their new book “Game Change”. Already, the U.S. Senate majority leader has gotten burned. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) on Saturday found himself on the defensive after the two reporters…

Brazil passes law cutting carbon emissions 39% by 2020

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Tuesday signed a law requiring that Brazil cut greenhouse gas emissions by 39 percent by 2020, meeting a commitment made at the Copenhagen climate change summit. Brazil announced at the summit a “voluntary commitment” to reduce CO2 emissions by between 36.1 and 38.9 percent…

Scientists discover antibody that kills prostate cancer

US researchers have found an antibody that hunts down prostate cancer cells in mice and can destroy the killer disease even in an advanced stage, a study showed Monday. The antibody, called F77, was found to bond more readily with cancerous prostate tissues and cells than with benign tissue and…

GOP strategist Matalin: Bush ‘inherited’ 9/11 attacks from Clinton

Update at bottom: Matalin ‘lied’ about Bush inheriting recession No amount of spit and polish can clean the tarnish of the 9/11 attacks from the Bush legacy, but that didn’t stop GOP strategist Mary Matalin from trying. During a Sunday appearance on CNN, Matalin attempted to prop up an analogy…

Disney mocks Tiger as poll shows his popularity sinking

LOS ANGELES — Disney has joined in making jokes at the expense of Tiger Woods even as a new poll shows the embattled billionaire golf star’s popularity sinking to levels usually reserved for politicians. Woods has remained in seclusion since the sex scandal firestorm around him began four weeks ago…

Senator cites blacks as disadvantage for his state

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow caught Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Tuesday seemingly arguing that his state’s 31 percent African-American population puts him at a disadvantage — and that it’s a good reason not to support healthcare reform. What? Maddow explains. Sen. “Lindsey Graham is a Republican which means in 2009 that…

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