Egypt’s new leader Mohammed Morsi receives disturbing calls to destroy ancient pyramids. Some Radical Islamists deem the monuments “symbols of Paganism,” and are encouraging the president to tear down the relics.
The Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) current budget of $1.32 billion is dwarfed by the $4 billion to $9 billion JPMorgan Chase may ultimately lose through disastrous gambling on derivatives and related instruments for its own accounts.
Though evidence suggests laws requiring photo ID at the polls will suppress votes from Democratic constituencies like students and people of color, voter ID supporters have long claimed the laws are merely a nonpartisan, common sense effort to promote "election integrity." But recent developments in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin show that Republicans are counting on voter ID laws to deliver the presidency to Mitt Romney in 2012.
Evan Vucci/AP Photo Mitt Romney today said he favors “swift and severe punishment” for serious crimes, but wouldn’t go so far as to say he thought the Supreme Court was wrong to rule that mandated life without parole for minors convicted of...
Five corporations, Deere & Co., MillerCoors, CVS, Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Best Buy, are calling it quits with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), they announced Tuesday.
Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way Foundation, welcomed the announcement, stating that “ALEC hurts Americans on a daily basis by promoting policies that suppress the vote, hurt working families, attack public education and destroy the environment." Noting that more and more companies are withdrawing their membership to the bill-factory, Keegan says that "ALEC’s ability to push its dangerous agenda through our statehouses diminishes every day."
The Nation's John Nichols has described ALEC as "a critical arm of the right-wing network of policy shops that, with infusions of corporate cash, has evolved to shape American politics."
Other big corporations to have cut their ties to ALEC recently include the Coca-Cola Company, Kraft and Johnson & Johnson, among others.
"We want to thank these companies for making the right decision, and we continue to call on all major corporations to stop funding ALEC given its involvement in voter suppression and its work pushing policies designed to benefit rich and powerful corporations at the expense of people of color, workers, and the environment," said Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org. [MORE]
In response to New York Times stories that relied on leaks of sensitive national-security information, a House of Representatives panel on Wednesday discussed legislation that could allow journalists to be prosecuted for disclosing such information.
Natalie Portman's Oscar-winning performance as a troubled ballerina in Black Swan may have appealed to critics, but her lesbian love scene earned the film more complaints than any other in the UK last year.
In 2006, a lawyer for convicted terrorist Jose Padilla made an explosive claim in a federal court filing: the enemy combatant was given drugs against his will, believed to be some form of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) or phencyclidine (PCP), to...
This video was shot before it was clear who would emerge from the GOP nominating process, and, before the Global Democracy Movement transformed the conversation in America from "left vs. right" to "1 percent vs. We the People."
It examines the UK Uncut movement, as the people of Great Britian responded to a collusion of interests between government and its richest citizens to redistribute wealth upward from those who need it most to those who need it least. [MORE]
"In his recent Michael Kirby Lecture, Malcolm Turnbull made an excellent case for same-sex marriage that came to an appalling conclusion, civil unions.
Part of the problem is that Turnbull has his facts wrong.
For example, his claim that civil unions are "better than nothing" has been shown by the overseas experience to be false.
Studies into the impact of existing civil union schemes in the US and Europe have all come to the same conclusion: civil unions have failed to fulfil their promise of equality and can actually make things worse."
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