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Even other atheists suspect non-believers are more likely to be immoral, study finds

Americans reflexively assume the worst about atheists, according to new research – and even other atheists share the prejudice. Participants in five experiments conducted by researchers at the University of Kentucky read a description of a person committing an immoral act and “readily and intuitively assumed that the person was…

Voters perceive non-white politicians as more liberal — even when they’re not

Racial stereotypes influence how people view members of Congress, according to research published in American Politics Research this month. “Whether voters are able to effectively hold their representatives accountable for their record in office depends critically on whether citizens have accurate perceptions of what has been done in their names,”…

South Carolina primary

After not one, but two debates and a couple of weeks of candidates playing a game of “who can blow the hardest on the racist dog whistle?”, we’re finally reached the South Carolina primary. Honestly, in my mind, this is when it really starts. New Hampshire and Iowa aren’t representative…

‘Money zombies’ invade Wall Street protest

During yesterday’s “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations, a group of “money zombies” rampaged through the streets of New York City, as a theatrical mockery of the wealthy elite who runt he financial sector. Chris Longenecker, one of the protesters in zombie makeup, explained to ABC News reporter Dan Harris that the…

Obama says Egypt forever changed

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama called Sunday for a “representative government” in Egypt and said that regardless of when President Hosni Mubarak steps down the country had changed forever. “The Egyptian people want freedom, free and fair elections, they want a representative government, they want a responsive government. We’ve…

Obama calls for ‘representative government’ in Egypt

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama reiterated his call Sunday for an “orderly” and “meaningful” transition in Egypt and said he wanted to see a “representative government” emerge. “The Egyptian people want freedom, free and fair elections, they want a representative government, they want a responsive government. We’ve said, you…

Giffords may lose seat under Arizona rules: report

Nine days after sustaining a gunshot wound to the head, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) is once again able to smile, doctors reported Monday, but the three-term representative could find herself out of the US House, thanks to a little-used Arizona regulation. According to a state statute unearthed by the Washington…

GOP robocall tries to link Democrat to ‘hardcore pornography’

There’s less than a week to go until election day — and the number of negative attacks may be reaching a peak. One particularly nasty negative attack in Missouri uses a robocall to tie a Democratic state representative to the “hardcore porn industry, including gay pornography.” Robocalls are an inexpensive…

Anger as Jennifer Lopez set to rock north Cyprus

Pop star Jennifer Lopez will give a concert in the Turkish-held statelet of northern Cyprus later this month, organisers said on Tuesday, amid outrage among Greek Cypriots. The US diva will arrive in the breakaway Turkish Republic of Cyprus (TRNC) on a private jet on July 22 ahead of a…

NATO assault force to Afghan villagers: ‘Keep heads down’

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan villagers should stay inside and “keep their heads down” when thousands of U.S. Marines launch a massive assault on a densely-populated district in coming days, NATO’s civilian representative to Afghanistan said Tuesday. U.S.-led NATO forces are planning one of the 8-year-old war’s biggest offensives to seize…

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