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Obama Reopens Massacre Investigation Obstructed By Bush

(314) Comments | Posted August 24, 2009 | 11:41 AM

For eight years, the Bush administration obstructed investigations into a massacre carried out in the name of Americans in Dasht-e-Leili, Afghanistan.

Earlier this month, a representative from Physicians for Human Rights, the group that originally brought the incident to the attention of the Bush White House, met with officials from...

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Obama's Science Adviser Targeted By Defamation Campaign

(154) Comments | Posted August 21, 2009 | 5:05 PM

Conservative media outlets are waging an online defamation campaign against Presidential Science Advisor Jon Holdren, using out-of-context quotes and misinformation to portray him as hell-bent on pursuing population control through the use of forced abortions and mass sterilization.

Fox News reported that Holdren was bent on adopting a "planetary...

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Rosa Parks Poster Torn Up At McCaskill Town Hall (VIDEO)

(6907) Comments | Posted August 12, 2009 | 1:23 PM

Among the many eyebrow-raising clips aired on major news networks yesterday from Senator Claire McCaskill's health care town hall was one of a woman being half-escorted, half-dragged from the building.

What the clip failed to catch was that the woman was provoked. She and a few other women had...

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GI Bill Favors Some States Over Others

(94) Comments | Posted August 10, 2009 | 4:30 PM

Sen. Jim Webb's Post-9/11 GI Bill, which went into effect August 1, calls for the federal government to subsidize a veteran's tuition up to the amount it would cost to attend the most expensive public university in the veteran's home state.

The idea was to achieve fairness for those...

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Independent Pharmacists Battle Big Pharma On Health Care

(9) Comments | Posted August 5, 2009 | 5:40 PM

The prospect of a wholesale overhaul of the health care system is bringing a new face to the Capitol Hill lobbying scrum. The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), a network that represents independent pharmacists across the country, is spending much more money than it ever has before in an effort...

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Reid Blames Press For August Deadline, Baucus Hedges

(263) Comments | Posted July 30, 2009 | 6:44 PM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he is "cautiously optimistic" that a health care bill will make it out of the Senate Finance Committee before senators head home for their summer recess. But he accused the media of inflating the importance of an August finish.

"You folks have created...

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Women's Groups Split By Afghanistan Policy

(13) Comments | Posted July 30, 2009 | 3:20 PM

The Feminist Majority Foundation and the Afghan Women's Mission are locked in a bitter controversy over what's best for the women of Afghanistan.

The two groups are natural and historical allies. But the Feminist Majority has now endorsed President Obama's decision to escalate the war in...

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Strip Searches Pervasive Despite Huge Settlements

(136) Comments | Posted July 21, 2009 | 12:30 PM

One sunny fall afternoon, a mother of seven answered a knock at her door to find a cluster of policemen waiting on the step. She wore pajamas because she had been asleep before heading to her job on the night shift at a New York hospital. The officers gave her...

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Battle For The Honduran Presidency Plays Out In Washington D.C.

(5) Comments | Posted July 20, 2009 | 6:30 PM

A proxy-struggle for the Honduran presidency continues to play out in Washington D.C. The most recent battle is over the ambassadorship.

Honduran President Manuel Zelaya's recent arrest and forced exile to Costa Rica hasn't deterred him from carrying out at least one of his presidential duties: the appointment of...

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TARP Recipients Fighting To Keep Charging Exorbitant Credit Card Fees

(244) Comments | Posted July 9, 2009 | 1:07 PM

This story has been edited slightly since publication for clarification.

Undeterred by their sullied reputation, big banks and credit card companies are making a major play to protect a key source of profit: credit card swipe fees.

Last year, the country's largest financial institutions -- including many banks that have...

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Bush CIA Honcho: Military Option Should Be Off The Table With Iran

(22) Comments | Posted June 18, 2009 | 11:30 AM

As the fifth consecutive day of protests in Iran drew to a close, one of the chief members of President Bush's intelligence apparatus warned that the United States should forgo the military option no matter what the outcome of the contested elections.

"I would argue against any military option. I...

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Progressives Launch Effort To Force Obama's Hand On Health Care

(156) Comments | Posted June 3, 2009 | 12:24 PM

As a deadline for introducing a health care reform bill approaches the progressive community, which has been biting its tongue for weeks if not months, is now making calculated moves to force President Obama's hand.

Several times on the campaign trail candidate Obama called for sustained pressure from the left...

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A Break For Obama: Social Conservatives Hang Back On Sotomayor

(554) Comments | Posted May 27, 2009 | 12:38 PM

No one expected President Barack Obama to win over religious or cultural conservatives with his choice for the Supreme Court. But in the hours that followed the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the bench, he has received what could be the next best thing. Social conservative organizations, which have...

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