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Monday, August 20,2012

Todd Akin's 'legitimate rape' statement: a roundup of news and analysis

Senate candidate Todd Akin, currently a representative from Missouri, told a news station Sunday that "legitimate rapes" aren't likely to result in pregnancy.
Friday, August 17,2012

Russia's punk band Pussy Riot sentenced for 'hooliganism'

Group given 2 years in jail

Russia's riot grrl punk band Pussy Riot was sentenced to two years in jail Friday for "hooliganism" in a trial that has electrified sentiment against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Wednesday, August 15,2012

Google autocomplete reveals the fattest, boringest, and most racist states in the nation

Indiana: boring. Maine: boring. Georgia: hot, racist, and boring. Oregon: liberal, weird, rainy, and boring. Ohio: boring, but important in the primaries.
Tuesday, August 14,2012

GOP pros fret over Paul Ryan

You’ve heard them on television and read them on POLITICO — cheerful, defiant statements from Republican political professionals about Mitt Romney’s bold masterstroke in tapping Paul Ryan as his running mate, and turning the 2012 presidential race into a serious, far-reaching debate about budgets and the nation’s future.
Monday, August 13,2012

Rejoice! It’s Ryan!

Conservatives are thrilled by Romney’s VP pick. So are Democrats. One camp is very wrong.

JANESVILLE, Wis.— Mitt Romney has made his first presidential-level decision, picking Paul Ryan, the 42-year-old, seven-term Congressman from southern Wisconsin, as his running mate.
Friday, August 10,2012

Guns and mental illness: tragedies in waiting

Consider these scenarios. A popular college student leaves his fraternity house one day, stark naked. He walks three blocks to a stranger’s house, enters, turns on the TV and falls asleep. %u2028Moments later, the owner of the house finds him, takes aim with his Glock and kills the young man before he ever wakes up.
Wednesday, August 8,2012

Texas executes man with IQ of 61

If 54-year-old Marvin Wilson is put to death on Tuesday, it will not be because Texas denies that he is intellectually disabled, or as the legal literature puts it, “mentally retarded.” This much, the state recognizes. It just does not believe that Wilson is disabled enough not to be executed in Texas—a flagrant violation of the 2002 Supreme Court ruling in Atkins v. Virginia, which held that “the mentally retarded should be categorically excluded from execution,” period.
Tuesday, August 7,2012

7 Cameroon athletes missing from Olympic village

Several appear willing to trade their shot at gold for a brighter economic future in Britain

The Olympic delegation from Cameroon is shrinking. Seven of the country’s 37 Olympians have disappeared from the Olympic village in London and are believed to be doing their best to stay in Britain for economic reasons.
Tuesday, August 7,2012

Election 2012: The myth of the small donor

Susan Daole last month gave $100 to President Barack Obama because she wanted to fight the flood of million-dollar checks supporting Mitt Romney.
Monday, August 6,2012

Reports: Sikh temple shooting suspect was veteran

Sources tell multiple outlets that the alleged gunman was 40-year-old Wade Michael Page

The suspected gunman in the deadly weekend shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin has been identified. Both Fox News and CBS confirmed that the deceased suspect is military veteran Wade Michael Page, 40.