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Fox News reporter acknowledges ‘an important reason to criticize myself and my company’

Fox News has, in recent days, been doing their best to disparage members of the “99 Percent” activist group that kicked off the “Occupy Wall Street” protests … But this is a new low. In a never-broadcast interview that surfaced online Monday, Jesse LaGraca, a protester at “Occupy Wall Street,”…

Oklahoma oil rig bursts into flames

An oil rig in Northwestern Oklahoma exploded late Monday night and several homes within a mile radius were evacuated. “It was a routine drilling operation and for some reason, that’s under investigation, they lost control of the well,” Rick Muncrief of Continental Resources told a local news station. No injuries…

David Koch: ‘Hardcore socialist’ Obama is ‘scary to me’

Oil baron David Koch has made it clear he is no fan of President Barack Obama, but Wednesday night he provided a fresh reason for his anti-Obama views: the president is frightening. Obama is “a hardcore socialist,” Koch told the New York Magazine at a spring ball, “and he’s marvelous…

Spill no reason to halt deep sea drilling: BP

MALMOE, Sweden – Last year’s massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill sparked by an explosion on a BP-leased platform is no reason to stop deep sea drilling, the group’s chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg said Monday. “If we truly learn from this accident, I see no reason to close off the deep…

German defense minister quits in plagiarism row

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg resigned on Tuesday after admitting to copying part of a doctoral dissertation, stunning Angela Merkel and depriving her conservatives of their brightest star. Guttenberg, 39, was the most popular member of Chancellor Merkel’s cabinet. His loss deals a severe blow to…

If full Senate were up for grabs, GOP would likely win filibuster-proof majority, polls show

Republicans would likely obtain a filibuster proof majority if the entire Senate were up for grabs in November, according to a little-noticed post by Nate Silver, one of the nation’s premier polling experts. Silver, writing on his blog at The New York Times, said the reason that Democrats are poised…

Court condemns Moscow gay pride bans

Rights court condemns Russia for allowing Moscow to ban gay pride marches The European Court of Human Rights condemned Russia on Thursday for letting Moscow ban gay pride marches simply because the city’s then-mayor — who famously compared gays to the devil — and other officials disapproved of them. The…

McCain: GOP needs to give voters ‘reason to support us’

The GOP’s prospects in the mid-term elections are looking good, but for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), being the “party of no” isn’t good enough. Appearing on Fox Sunday, McCain explained that the Republican Party has to give voters a reason to support them. “When you look at the approval ratings…

Liberal economists say Democrats also eyeing cuts to Social Security

Prominent progressive economists are warning liberals and senior citizens not to take Social Security for granted simply because Republicans are out of power, arguing that structural incentives are propelling Democratic leaders to support scaling back the cherished program. “Social Security faced its greatest danger when Bill Clinton was in the…

Google chief suspects ulterior motive in Pakistan

SAN FRANCISCO — Google chief executive Eric Schmidt said he suspects suppressing political criticism is a factor behind the move to block YouTube and Facebook in Pakistan in the name of Islam. “I’m always suspicious of these broad bans,” Schmidt told a gathering at non-profit public policy institute New America…

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