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The Justin-Bieber-As-Politician Photoshop Competition!

Justin Bieber recently made headlines not for his boyish good looks, new 3D biopic or even his music, but for some controversial political remarks he made in an interview with Rolling Stone. So what are the Bieber’s political beliefs? Aside from saying the U.S. health care system was “evil,” he rattled off a few more interesting remarks, such as: “I’m not sure about the parties… But whatever they have in Korea, that’s bad” and “I really don’t believe in abortion. It’s like killing a baby?” We know he’s Canadian, but we just had to imagine what this newly-political Bieber would
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George Lakoff: What Conservatives Really Want

–Dedicated to the peaceful protestors in Wisconsin, February 19, 2011. The central issue in our political life is not being discussed. At stake is the moral basis of American democracy. The individual issues are all too real: assaults on unions, public employees, women’s rights, immigrants, the environment, health care, voting rights, food safety, pensions, prenatal care, science, public broadcasting, and on and on. Budget deficits are a ruse, as we’ve seen in Wisconsin, where the governor turned a surplus into a deficit by providing corporate tax breaks, and then used the deficit as a ploy to break the unions, not
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House Approves Bill With Massive Spending Cuts After All-Night Session

***UPDATED*** WASHINGTON – After an all-night session, House Republicans early Saturday morning passed legislation that would slash $60 billion in government spending between now and the end of September, setting up a showdown with President Barack Obama, who has vowed to veto the measure. The cuts, which were passed without a single Democratic vote, are aimed primarily at domestic social spending but also have policy goals — going after the Environmental Protection Agency, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Funding for the government runs out on March 4. Obama said
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George Soros Responds To Glenn Beck’s Attacks

Liberal billionaire George Soros responded to Glenn Beck’s frequent attacks on him during an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that is set to air on this Sunday’s episode of “Fareed Zakaria GPS.” Beck has repeatedly cast Soros as the “puppet master” and chief architect of a shadowy group of left-wing people and organizations who are determined to destroy the current geopolitical system and replace it with a “new world order.” Beck’s statements about Soros’ experiences during the Holocaust have proved so controversial that 400 rabbis signed a letter asking Fox News CEO Roger Ailes to “sanction” his host for making
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Robert Creamer: Wisconsin Governor’s Attack on Labor May Backfire on Radical Right

Saul Alinsky used to say, “you can always count on your enemies.” That may turn out to be true in the case of the Wisconsin governor’s attack on the right of state workers to choose a union. Scott Walker’s plan was a blitzkrieg attack that would catch the opposition with its defenses down, like Germany’s attack on Russia at the beginning of World War II. His goal was to emasculate the ability of public service employees to negotiate with the state over their salaries and working conditions, and begin the destruction of the unions that represent public sector workers all
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Judge guilty in kids for cash scheme

A federal jury on Friday found a former Pennsylvania judge guilty in a so-called kids-for-cash scheme, in which he took money in exchange for sending juvenile offenders to for-profit detention centers. Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. was accused of taking $2.8 million in bribes and kickbacks for putting juveniles into detention centers owned by friends. The jury in Scranton found him guilty of racketeering, money-laundering conspiracy, fraud and filing false income tax returns. The jury found him not guilty, however, of seven counts of extortion and 10 counts of bribery. The former judge faces a maximum sentence of
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Judge seals Loughner’s arrest records

A federal judge on Friday rejected a request by news organizations to release search warrant records and federal booking photos of Arizona shooting rampage suspect Jared Lee Loughner, saying the investigation was still under way. But U.S. District Judge Larry Burns said he would consider releasing the materials once a superseding indictment was handed down in the case, which prosecutors said could be by March 9. More than a dozen media outlets have asked that the photos and documents be released by the federal government under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. Loughner, a 22-year-old college dropout, is accused of
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Docs order too many tests because of lawsuit fears

CT scans, MRIs and other pricey imaging tests are often more for the doctor’s benefit than the patient’s, new research confirms. Roughly one-fifth of tests that bone and joint specialists order are because a doctor fears being sued, not because the patient needs them, a first-of-its-kind study in Pennsylvania suggests. The study comes a day after President Barack Obama began a push to overhaul state medical malpractice laws as a way to reduce unnecessary tests that drive up health care costs. “This study is a glimpse behind the curtain of what’s happening in a doctor’s mind,” said its leader, Dr.
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