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AL. state Sen apologizes for calling blacks ‘aboriginals’

A powerful Alabama politician apologized Tuesday evening for an inflammatory remark made about African-Americans. State Sen. Scott Beason (R) was caught on tape in June calling blacks in Green Country, Alabama “aboriginal.” The scene was filmed during an undercover FBI investigation on whether politicians were bribed by special interests to…

AL. state Sen apologizes for calling blacks ‘aboriginals’

A powerful Alabama politician apologized Tuesday evening for an inflammatory remark made about African-Americans. State Sen. Scott Beason (R) was caught on tape in June calling blacks in Green Country, Alabama “aboriginal.” The scene was filmed during an undercover FBI investigation on whether politicians were bribed by special interests to…

Michael Moore, Elisabeth Hasselbeck clash on ‘The View’

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the lone conservative co-host of ABC’s women’s talk show “The View,” took the untypical position of defending President Barack Obama, specifically saying that he made the right decision to order the operation that killed Osama bin Laden. Moore, who’s previously argued that the U.S. “lost something of our…

EU presses Israel, Palestinians ahead of UN vote

European foreign ministers pressed Israel and the Palestinians on Monday to return to the negotiating table before a UN vote on recognising a Palestinian state, which could reveal divisions within the EU. European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton sought to play down the risks involved in any UN resolution…

Israel to seek UN opinion on maritime border spat

Israel is to seek a UN opinion on its maritime borders with Lebanon in the Mediterranean, where lucrative offshore gas fields have been found, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday. “We will soon be presenting the United Nations headquarters in New York with our position on our maritime borders,”…

Study finds Republicans can gain votes with ‘green’ positions

Even conservative candidates can benefit politically by admitting climate change is real, according to a poll released Wednesday. Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment found that both parties gained votes by acknowledging that humans are at least partially responsible for the Earth’s temperature increasing over the last one hundred years…

South China Sea sovereignty ‘indisputable’: China

BEIJING — China on Wednesday reiterated that it has “indisputable sovereignty” over islands in the South China Sea after the United States pledged to help the Philippines, which has its own claims in the area. A spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, Yang Yi, also repeated the government position that…

Jimmy Carter: My role is ‘probably superior’ to that of other presidents

Former President Jimmy Carter is in an awkward position after he told NBC’s Brian Williams that “I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents” in an interview. Carter quickly tried to clarify, saying that his work at the Carter Center and…

Rep. Darrell Issa probes FCC Baker’s departure to Comcast

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa questioned Federal Communications Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker’s resignation from the agency in a letter dated May 18. Baker, one of the two Republican Commissioners at the Federal Communications Commission, announced earlier this month that she was taking a position at the…

Israel’s Netanyahu warns Obama: Do not chase Mideast peace ‘based on illusions’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Barack Obama against chasing what he called a Middle East peace “based on illusions” as he lectured the US president amid a widening rift in US-Israeli ties. In a dramatic Oval Office appearance, after 90 minutes of talks Friday, Prime Minister…

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