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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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Pentagon shooter driven by hatred, conspiracy theories

A bitter Californian consumed by hatred towards the U.S. government and conspiracy theories about the 9/11 terrorism attacks and other perceived government coverups opened fire on Pentagon police Thursday night, wounding two before officers cut him down in a fusillade of gunfire. John Patrick Bedell hated the government and the American military and was convinced the government, not terrorists, destroyed the World Trade Center twin towers in New York and faked the attack on the Pentagon in Washington. Pentagon police chief Richard Keevill said Bedell walked up to police officers at the entrance to the Metro subway station at the
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More teens getting drunk, stoned

According to a new report released Tuesday by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, more and more teenagers are boozing it up and getting stoned on grass. The increase reverses a decade of drops in alcohol and marijuana use by the younger set and that has some people worried. “I’m a little worried that we may be seeing the leading edge of a trend here,” Sean Clarkin, director of strategy for the anti-drug group, told The Associated Press. “Historically you do see the increase in recreational drugs before you see increases in some of the harder drugs.” The study shows
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Sarah, Mitt square off in late-night TV war

Two contenders for dominance in the Republican Party in 2012 square off against each other on late night TV shows Tuesday and become part of an epic struggle for ratings, power and money by two rival networks. Mitt Romney appears on David Letterman‘s show on NBC while Sarah Palin pops up on as part of the first week’s lineup in Jay Leno‘s much-hyped return to the Tonight Show. Palin is part of a desperate NBC strategy to pull strong ratings for Leno’s return after the failure of his prime-time gig and the public-relations nightmare from the ouster of Conan O’Brien
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Cheney suffered mild heart attack

Family members say former Vice President Dick Cheney suffered a “mild” heart attack earlier this week. Cheney was hospitalized Monday with chest pains — the latest in several trips to the hospital in what has been a long, protracted battle with heart disease. Lab tests at George Washington University Hospital revealed Tuesday Cheney had, indeed, suffered a heart attack — his fifth since he was 37. “The whole family has been working with heart disease for decades,” political consultant Mary Matalin told The Associated Press. “They are vigilant and attuned to treatment.” Matalin said the 69-year-old Cheney “knows how to
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Obama’s new health plan already DOA

A desperate President Barack Obama is pulling out all the stops in a last-ditch effort to salvage his $950 billion health care plan but critics of this latest move from the White House call it more of the same and more hyperbole than reality. Been there, done that say Republicans. “Deja vu all over again,” says Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire. Democrats aren’t happy with Obama’s latest proposal either because it once again lacks a public option. Democrats in both the House and Senate say Obama didn’t consult them before announcing his “new” plan on Monday. Requests for a
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GOP donors fed up with RNC boss Steele’s high flying, expensive lifestyle

Michael Steele, the embattled chairman of the Republican National Committee, is living large at donor expense and a growing number of GOP fatcats say they are tired of contributing to his lavish lifestyle. Steele uses party donations to pay for private limos, private jets, expensive chefs and trips to exotic resorts. Donors have a message for the GOP: Curtail Steele’s high-life or they will close their checkbooks. An analysis of Steele’s spending habits by Politico shows the chairman racked up $599,00 in expenses over the last year — compared with about $300,000 under previous chairmen. “Michael Steele is an imperial
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Cheney hospitalized with chest pains

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, known for creating heartburn for political opponents, was hospitalized at George Washington Medical Center in Washington Monday after suffering chest pains. Cheney, who has a history of heart problems and has a pacemaker, was “resting comfortably, according to assistant Peter Long. Cheney has had four heart attacks, quadruple bypass surgery and two angioplasties to clear his clogged arteries. Doctors, Long said, are “evaluating” Cheney’s condition. Related articles Cheney Hospitalized After Chest Pains (nytimes.com) Dick Cheney In Hospital For Chest Pains (huffingtonpost.com) Chest pains send Cheney to hospital (cbc.ca)
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Powell: Cheney wrong about Obama

Colin Powell, former President George W. Bush‘s Secretary of State, says Bush’s Vice-President, Dick Cheney, is full of crap when it comes to charges that the country is less safe with Barack Obama in the White House. “To suggest that somehow we have become much less safer because of the actions of the administration, I don’t think that’s borne out by the facts,” Powell told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. Obama, Powell said, kept most of Bush’s anti-terror programs. “The Transportation Security Administration created by George Bush is still in action working in our airports,” Powell said to “Face
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CPAC red-faced over Paul’s straw poll win

The wheels came off the smooth-running Conservative Political Action Conference right-wing love machine this weekend when libertarian political gadfly Ron Paul won the 2010 straw poll and sent boos through the meeting ballroom. Paul garnered 31 percent of the vote, topping perennial winner and favorite Mitt Romney by nine points. Everyone else, including GOP sex symbol Sarah Palin, who bagged the conference, finished in single digits. Politico reports that “CPA organizers were plainly embarassed by the results, which could reduce the perceived impact of a contest that was once thought to offer a window into which White House hopefuls were
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