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Exclusive: ‘Ellie Light’ regrets damage done to Obama, blasts right-wing ‘conspiracy theorists’

WASHINGTON — In an interview with Raw Story, prolific Obama supporter and letter-writer “Ellie Light” slammed conservatives claiming the published writings were part of a White House “astroturf” operation, and regretted the “damage” they’ve done to the president. The interview was conducted before the Cleveland Plain Dealer revealed that the…

Flashback: Howard Zinn warned Americans of rationalizing torture; ‘The truth comes out’

The following interview was conducted by Raw Story editor John Byrne in September of 2005. Howard Zinn, a critically acclaimed historian and political scientist, was author of the “People’s History of the United States,” a radical and popular retelling of United States history. Zinn wrote fifteen books and was a…

Howard Zinn, dissident historian, dead at 87

Howard Zinn, an author, teacher and political activist whose book “A People’s History of the United States” became a million-selling leftist alternative to mainstream texts, died Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 87 and lived in Auburndale, Mass. The cause was a heart attack, his daughter Myla Kabat-Zinn said.…

Accused of ignoring Haiti, Fox executive ‘attacks’ other networks

Fox News has recently encountered criticism for devoting relatively little coverage to the Haiti earthquake and even choosing not to air the benefit concert shown by most other networks. Fox’s decision to keep its focus on domestic politics, however, may be paying off in the ratings. For the week of…

Details of Iraq whistleblower’s alleged suicide to be sealed 70 years

By 2080, anyone with a direct interest in learning how Dr. David Kelly died, will themselves be dead. That’s how an Oxford coroner reacted to a recent ruling ordering the details of the former United Nations weapons inspector’s death locked away for 70 years, according to a Mail Online report.…

Headline: ‘White House Says Bears Part of Blame for Senate Loss’

‘Da Bears. A story filed Wednesday afternoon by Reuters seemed to suggest the White House had blamed the Chicago Bears football team for losing Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in Massachusetts. The headline, which ran above a Reuters story on the New York Times’ website, was titled, “White House Says Bears…

Shh: Politico poll predicting Coakley demise conducted by ex-Gingrich aide

The “exclusive” poll conducted for Politico which predicted the demise of Massachusetts Democrat Martha Coakley was conducted by a former staffer for ex-Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich — a fact they seem to have buried in their story. “No bias there,” noted John Aravosis, the prominent liberal blogger who highlighted…

Obama received $20 million from healthcare industry in 2008 campaign

Almost three times the amount given to McCain While some sunlight has been shed on the hefty sums shoveled into congressional campaign coffers in an effort to influence the Democrats’ massive healthcare bill, little attention has been focused on the far larger sums received by President Barack Obama while he…

Media, conservatives distort terrorism expert’s testimony to bash Obama administration

Expert tells Raw Story, “I … have long ago given up trying to correct how individuals, whatever their political agenda, use quotes from my remarks to advance a cause” Recent Congressional testimony describing how pressure from the US has destroyed al Qaeda’s ability to engage in large-scale terrorist operations and…

Exclusive: Fox-backed seniors group exposed as conservative front

Group’s founder formerly headed firm bankrolling Beck, Hannity projects WASHINGTON — The seniors group American Seniors Association (ASA) describes itself as a conservative alternative to the AARP and has attracted notable press coverage this year for its opposition to health care reform. A Raw Story investigation, however, reveals that the…

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