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US Chamber lobbyists map strategies to discredit progressive critics

Report claims Chamber hired firm hacked by ‘Anonymous’ WASHINGTON – Lobbyists for the US Chamber of Commerce have been working with firms to develop methods to deceive and discredit the Chamber’s most vocal progressive opponents, according to documents obtained by ThinkProgress. Lee Fang of the liberal blog reports that the…

Watch: ‘Terrorists’ kidnap Ronald McDonald statue in Helsinki

HELSINKI — A group calling itself the Food Liberation Army has claimed responsibility for “kidnapping” a statue of the McDonald’s food chain mascot Ronald McDonald and has threatened to “execute” the figure if their demands are not met. The group posted a video on YouTube where balaclava-clad “terrorists”, holding the…

UK, not Sweden, behind efforts to keep Assange in jail: report

Assange’s lawyers say they were lied to on effort to prevent bail Human Rights Watch: Don’t prosecute Assange over cables British prosecutors, rather than Swedish officials, are behind the effort to keep WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from being granted bail, the Guardian reports. Assange was granted bail by a London…

NASA reportedly discovers ‘completely alien’ life on Earth

Update: Watch video of NASA announcing their discovery at the bottom of this report It’s not exactly little green men but NASA is expected to announce Thursday that it has discovered a new life form unlike anything previously known. In a special news conference, NASA will reportedly say that it…

Watch: Stephen Colbert storms off ‘The View’

Stephen Colbert stormed off The View Tuesday in a mock response to view co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar doing the same thing to Bill O’Reilly. Declaring, “I am leaving right now. Forget it!” Colbert said as he trudged off the set in the middle of a segment. He then…

Stewart to O’Reilly: You’re left-wing compared to ‘the extremists’

“Papa bear” has officially become yesterday’s boogeyman. According to Jon Stewart, that is. Once public enemy #1 at Fox News Channel for most liberals and the inspiration for Stephen Colbert’s faux blowhard pundit, Bill O’Reilly may still not get invited to Arianna Huffington’s pad for falafels, but he’s being overshadowed…

Group offers $100,000 for ‘information leading to the arrest and conviction of Karl Rove’

Amid the launch of a new campaign to encourage greater scrutiny of the right-wing “American Crossroads” groups known to many as the “shadow RNC,” an activist organization declared that it would give $100,000 to any person who comes forward with “information leading to the arrest and conviction of Karl Rove.”…

Watch: Hawaii ‘fire tornado’ caught on film

A tornado made of fire? Yes, it is possible. Strong winds combined with aggressive brush fires created the conditions for a rare “fire tornado” on Hawaii’s Big Island last week. State officials battling to contain the blaze captured this footage of winds whipping brush fires into a funnel-like shape. Authorities…

Report: Some mentally ill detainees deported were US citizens

Human Rights Watch report details legal woes of mentally ill detainees facing deportation. Thousands of mentally disabled immigrants are entangled in deportation proceedings each year with little or no legal help, leaving them distraught, defenseless and detained as their fates are decided. Their plight is detailed in a report issued…

Watch live: BP CEO testifies before House

Earlier today, via AFP: BP boss Tony Hayward was to face a flaying by furious US lawmakers Thursday and tell them he was “personally devastated” by the Gulf of Mexico spill, blaming it on a series of unprecedented disasters. Some lawmakers have publicly suggested senior BP officials should “commit hara-kiri,”…

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