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When discontent turns into hate

The river of discontent running through America turned toxic in the fevered mind of the Pentagon shooter and others of his ilk. In a culture awash in conspiracy theories and raw anger at government, they are lone wolves who find a sense of community for their hate — yet act alone. They are, in some ways, more unsettling than organized and trained terrorists because they come from us. Their diatribes and smoldering grievances are familiar and homegrown. For the Texan who steered a small plane into IRS offices last month, it was taxes. For the Nevadan who shot at a
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Ship-racing Navy captain demoted

One of the Navy’s few female ship captains lost her command after investigations into abuse of her crew and using her guided missile destroyer to “drag race” another warship in the Pacific. The Navy recently demoted Capt. Holly Graf, captain of the USS Cowpens, following a Navy inspector generals report found she used her ship to race the USS John S. McCain destroyer off the coast of Okinawa in February 2009. The report, filed in December, could not prove any dangers from the race, but also found numerous incidents of “cruelty and maltreatment” of the crew of the Cowpens by
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Karl Rove’s memoir based on fantasy?

Karl Rove, shifting from strategist to apologist for the failed administration of his former boss, George W. Bush, claims in a new book that the White House did not lie about that non-existent weapons of mass destruction that served as the centerpiece for the rationale for invading Iraq in 2003. The man who was called “Bush’s brain” admits the failure to find any such weapons damaged the credibility of the administration but claims Democrats made the same claims and then acted like they didn’t when they turned on the President with what he calls “a poison-tipped dagger aimed at the
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Supreme Court leaning to extension of gun owner rights

The Supreme Court Tuesday sent out signals that it would strike down laws that ban hand guns outright but suggested some limits could remain — a partial move that will keep alive the furious debate over the “right to bear arms.” Justices indicated a desire to extend its 2008 ruling revoking Washington, DC’s ban of handgun ownership to cover other cities. The Washington decision only covered federal law but a new ruling would extend the right to cities that have laws banning handguns. The District of Columbia is governed by federal law. The current case involves a Chicago law banning
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Supreme Court might ignite new battle in gun control war

Lock and load…the Supreme Court will weigh in soon with a gun ruling that could open he door for more gun control by states and localities or it could slam it shut in the faces of advocates for stricter legislation. The court will soon decide whether or not the Second Amendment — used by gun fanciers as the quid pro quo for packing heat — applies to states as well as the federal government. Some Constitutional scholars believe it does. The court is considering a case that could strike down handgun bans in Chicago and suburban Oak Park as part
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Gulf War illness will get ‘second look’

Two decades after the Gulf War that left many Veterans with illnesses, the Veterans Affairs Department says it will finally take a look at those illnesses to see if they were related to the conflict. The long-overdue decision comes far too late for many veterans who have died from a rash of illnesses but many others suffer from a variety of health problems, including sleep disorders, back pain and gastrointestinal problems. Some medical experts say the problems stem from drugs given to soldiers to “protect” them from nerve agetns. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki admits his department had done little to
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Is Olbermann a liability for MSNBC?

MSNBC’s bombastic left-wing “news” anchor Keith Olbermann is out of control and causing increasing problems for the cable news network, NBC insiders say. Olbermann, who fancies himself as a cross between news legend Edward R. Murrow and Howard Beale, the mad prophet newsman of the black comedy movie “Network,” went after former MSNBC general manager Dan Abrams Wednesday night, claiming Abrams had been fired and had a grudge against the network. The tirade left NBC executives red-faced because Abrams, a lawyer, is still employed by NBC as a news analyst on legal issues. Olbermann castigated Abrams in a new segment
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Tea Party challenges Olbermann’s hypocrisy

Tea Party advocates have a message for liberal loudmouth Keith Olbermann: Put up or shut up. After Olbermann delivered one of his bombastic attacks on the Tea Party movement, calling it an all -white group that lacks diversity, the Dallas Tea Party posted a YouTube video that challenges the MSNBC news/entertainment host to show up at a rally this weekend and check out the group himself. “Something tells me you’ve never been to a tea party,” one group activist says to Olbermann in the video. “We think you need to get out of your bubble.” The rebuttal came after Olbermann
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Americans: Government is broken big time

Nearly nine of every 10 Americans think the government of this country is broken but they still hope that the it can be fixed. That’s the result of a new CNN/Opinion Research poll released Sunday. The poll of 1,023 adults found 86 percent feel the nation’s government is broken. Of that 86 percent, 81 percent feel that the parts of government that is broken can be fixed. The number has grown eight percentage points since 2006 and is the highest on record. “That increase is highest among higher income Americans and people who live in rural areas,” reports CNN Polling
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The new poor: No jobs, no hope

The greatest recession since the Great Depression has created a new, large and growing class of “new poor,” composed of millions who held jobs for most of their lives but now face years of unemployment and little hope of ever regaining the standard of living they once knew and took for granted. Millions of Americans remain out of work, out of savings and soon will be out of unemployment benefits. Economists says a recovery will leave more people behind than ever before because the recovery will not create enough jobs to put the record levels of jobless back to work.
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