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Bible Belt Texans crusade against Obama education policy

Recent attempts by the Texas State Board of Education to rewrite standards for the teaching of American history to suggest this country was founded on Biblical principles have drawn widespread criticism. The board member most responsible for promoting the new standards, Don McLeroy, is not even universally esteemed in Texas,…

Ahead of state-wide vote, marijuana legalization battle heats up in California

Far from being a war between hippies and police, the fight to legalize marijuana in California centers on whether decriminalizing and taxing cannabis can help fill the state’s fiscal hole. Using the drug for medical purposes has been legal for 14 years in the western state. But a new initiative…

Sarah Palin ‘travel show coming to Discovery’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – She is one of Alaska’s most famous daughters, and now Sarah Palin will be taking the viewing public around her state in a new Discovery “travelogue,” according to Hollywood trade journal Variety. The divisive former Alaska governor, who inspires both unbridled admiration among supporters and unmitigated horror…

Fox News ignores major earthquake to bash Obama

Obama exaggerates impact of 2006 Hawaii quake to make a point but Fox implies quake never happened We’ve heard a lot about climate change deniers — but Fox News and conservative bloggers may now have become earthquake deniers in an attempt to prove that President Obama is just “making up…

US consular staff murdered in Ciudad Juarez

Suspected drug cartel “hit teams” gunned down an American consular employee and her husband in a Mexican border city and killed a co-worker’s Mexican husband in a separate attack, a US official said Sunday. The victims — two Americans and a Mexican — came under fire in separate locations as…

State Dept. helped Blackwater guards ‘avoid punishment’: report

When the prosecution of five Blackwater guards over the 2007 Nisoor Square massacre in Baghdad fell apart in December, it was largely blamed on the State Department’s granting of immunity to guards who spoke with State officials. Now, newly released court documents show an official at the US embassy in…

Chile troops clash with looters after quake

CONCEPCION, Chile — Troops fired teargas and imposed a curfew Monday to stop looters running off with trolleyloads of goods from the wreckage of Chile’s quake as rescuers scrabbled through rubble for survivors. As President Michelle Bachelet said she expected the death toll of 708 to rise, the scale of…

Maddow: Christian ignorance revives discrimination in Virginia

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Monday assailed a series of recent moves in Virginia under new Gov. Bob McDonnell, citing the rising influence of the Christian right in exacerbating “discrimination” against gays and women. Maddow was dumbstruck by state legislator Bob Marshall (R-Manassas), who declared Monday that children born with…

Medical studies show cannabis effective for treating pain, spasms

With the results of a medical study summarized by a new report delivered to the California state legislature, the California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR) claims it has established scientific proof that inhaled cannabis holds medical value at or above the level of conventional prescription medicines used for a…

Dangerous caregivers missing from federal database

by Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein, ProPublica More than two decades ago, Congress set out to stop dangerous or incompetent caregivers from crossing state lines and landing in trouble again. It ordered up a national database allowing hospitals to check for disciplinary actions taken anywhere in the country against nurses, pharmacists, psychologists and…

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