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RIP Helen Thomas, a trailblazing pioneer for women in journalism

Tweet Reporter Helen Thomas died at home in her Washington DC apartment, surrounded by her loved ones. She was 92 and had been ill for years, according to a friend.  Covering every president from JFK to Barack Obama, Thomas was an excellent reporter, in her own right, whose no-nonsense, probing questions made George Bush uncomfortable. [...]
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Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def) undergoes force-feeding procedure to protest GTMO

TweetMajor trigger warning.  The hip-hop artist and actor formerly known as Mos Def and currently going by Yasiin Bey underwent the force-feeding procedure administered to some of Guantanamo Bay inmates on hunger strike. Over 100 prisoners are on a hunger strike, which started in February and 44 of them are being fed against their will. [...]
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Quick Hit: Susan Rice selected as National Security Advisor

Tweet Susan Rice was selected by President Obama as the National Security Advisor, replacing Tom Donilon. She is the second woman to hold the position (following fellow black woman, and fellow Rice-last named Condoleezza Rice) and the third African American, the first being Colin Powell. The decision is already receiving backlash from Republican lawmakers who believe [...]
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Republican Congressman attacks Sasha and Malia Obama

TweetFirst it was the NRA, and now it’s Republican Congressman Steve King’s (R-IA) turn to attack the Obama girls.  It all started when Breitbart.com bucked traditional protocol of never revealing the location of the First Daughters who spent their spring break in the Bahamas, for obvious security reasons. I thought I made myself clear before [...]
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Obama opposes Boy Scouts gay ban, homophobes support it

TweetIn a pre-Superbowl interview President Obama came out against the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on “gays.” CBS’s Scott Pelley said, “next week the board of the Boy Scouts of America is going to vote on whether to end their national ban on gays in scouting. Should scouting be open to the gays?” And Obama’s response was [...]
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