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Michele Bachmann: ‘Obamacare is a crime against democracy’

Appearing on Meet The Press Sunday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) — the chair of the Tea Party Caucus — told host David Gregory that the health care reform measure pushed by President Obama was a “crime against democracy.” In response to a question from Gregory about the compromise recently offered…

Japan develops mobile phone with human touch

TOKYO – Japanese researchers said Thursday they have developed a human-shaped mobile phone with a skin-like outer layer that enables users to feel closer to those on the other end. “The mobile phone may feel like the person you are talking to,” the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) said…

Wisconsin police officers dispatched to Democratic senators homes

Wisconsin patrol officers have been dispatched to the homes of Democratic state senators to pressure the lawmakers to return to the Senate and vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill. Last week, 14 state senators left Wisconsin to avoid voting on the bill, which would take away the union…

New White House spokesman makes smooth debut

WASHINGTON — New White House spokesman Jay Carney emerged unscathed from his first tangle with the press Wednesday, at times resorting to the artful dodging of the man he replaced, Robert Gibbs. Carney, a former Time magazine reporter, once lobbed questions at the lectern in the press briefing room himself.…

Man says ex-CIA agent Posada gave him explosives for hotel bombing

In an exclusive interview Tuesday, a Salvadoran man told The Associated Press that a former CIA operative gave him powerful explosives and cash to carry out a 1997 hotel bombing in Cuba. Otto Rene Rodriguez said that he was given C-4 explosives and $2,000 by Luis Posada Carriles to enable…

Egyptian VP agrees to some democratic reforms

In a meeting with opposition leaders Sunday, the Egyptian vice president gave in to several demands but stopped short of agreeing to the immediate departure of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Vice President Omar Suleiman “agreed to allow freedom of the press, to release those detained since anti-government protests began nearly…

Al Jazeera’s Cairo office burned down by pro-Mubarak ‘thugs’

Al Jazeera’s office in Cairo was stormed by a “gang of thugs” and set on fire along with all the equipment inside it, the Arab news network said Friday. “It appears to be the latest attempt by the Egyptian regime or its supporters to hinder Al Jazeera’s coverage of events…

Fox News producers scripted ‘socialism’ outcry, email shows

A seemingly spontaneous response concerning the Obama campaign canceling an appearance on a local news station was actually scripted by Fox News’ producers, internal documents obtained by Media Matters show. “Isn’t that what they do in socialist countries?” Fox News host Steven Doocy asked right-wing blogger Michelle Malkin on a…

Reporters targeted by Egypt’s pro-Mubarak mobs

ABC News releases comprehensive list of journalists ABC News released Thursday a comprehensive list of journalists that had either been threatened or detained while working in Egypt over recent days. Original reported follows… Army reportedly starts rounding up journalists In recent days, reporters have become targets in Egypt. Western journalists…

Ex-Time reporter to be Obama’s new spokesman

WASHINGTON — Former Time magazine reporter Jay Carney will be named as President Barack Obama’s new press secretary, a senior administration official told AFP Thursday. Carney, currently working as Vice President Joe Biden’s spokesman, will succeed Obama confidant Robert Gibbs who is due to step down in mid-February. Obama is…

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