Annie-Rose Strasser

Why You Should Care that CVS Will Stop Selling Cigarettes - Even If You Don't Smoke

CVS/Pharmacy announced on Wednesday that its stores will discontinue cigarette sales by October 1 of this year. CVS Caremark, the parent company of the pharmacy chain, predicts that the move could lose the company $2 billion in revenue for 2014, but won’t affect its earnings forecast.

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Obama Calls Out Fox News: ‘You and Your TV Station’ Keep Scandals Alive

Before kickoff of NFL Super Bowl XLVIII, President Obama sat down with Bill O’Reilly. The longtime Fox News host and conservative firebrand focused on his network’s favorite anti-Obama topics, including the botched roll-out of Obamacare’s website, the attack at the consulate in Benghazi, and the questionable IRS investigation of some Republican-leaning organizations. And while Obama was for the most part cordial in the charged but measured interview, he pushed back for one moment against O’Reilly when asked about the Cincinatti IRS’s improper investigation of some conservative groups:

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Utah School Threw Out Students’ Lunches Because They Were In Debt

A Utah school’s child nutrition manager threw out the lunches of about 40 elementary school students this week after the kids’ parents fell behind on payment.

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Three Children Killed During Polar Vortex After Their Heat Was Cut Off

Like the rest of the midwest, the town of Hammond, Indiana, spent the first part of last week plunged below zero degrees. But while some families tried to shut out the cold by turning up their heat and staying under blankets, the bitter temperatures turned deadly for the family of a man named Andre Young.

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99 Percent Of Police Brutality Reports In Central New Jersey Never See The Light Of Day

Just one percent of complaints about excessive use of force by police are actually acted upon in central New Jersey, according to an investigation by Courier News and the Home News Tribune.

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The Scariest Real Estate Advertisement On Craigslist

An unusual real estate advertisement appeared on Craigslist Tuesday.

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Lululemon Owner Says Women’s Big Thighs Are To Blame For His Company’s Faulty Pants

If you are one of the women who spent $98 on a pair of Lululemon pants and found them to be faulty, the company’s founder would like you to know: It’s not the pants’ fault. It’s your thighs.

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Florida High School Named After KKK Founder -- in 2013

Nathan B. Forrest High School in Jacksonville, Florida, home to the fighting Confederate Rebels, is named after a former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard and confederate general. It has been since 1959, when administrators changed the name to show their defiance to school integration laws enforced by Brown v Board of Education. But town residents, fed up with kowtowing to racial extremists, are looking to change that.

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Sixth Grader’s Father Says She Wouldn’t Have Died If A School Nurse Had Been On Duty

Laporshia Massey, a 12-year-old girl from Philadelphia, died on September 25 after an asthma attack went untreated at her school. Her father says that she would have lived had there been a school nurse there to treat her — but there wasn’t one, thanks to budget cuts in the Philadelphia school system.

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Sorry, Rich People: Even You Will Be Affected by the Shutdown

When Congress passed the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration last year, the wealthy were largely exempt from feeling the sting: While programs like those for low-income children’s education andaffordable housing took a hit, the affluent only had to cope with losing out on White House tours. In fact, Congress passed a special provision that eliminated cuts to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that would have created longer airport lines for business travelers.

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Wisconsin Governor Appointee Fired After Calling Undocumented Immigrants ‘Satan’

A transportation official appointed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) was fired on Thursdayafter he said that, looking at undocumented immigrants, he “see[s] Satan.”

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Wall Street Is Crazy Sexist

New details have emerged from a bias lawsuit filed by three former employees of Merrill Lynch against the company, which alleges that during training they were instructed to read a book called “Seducing the Boys Club: Uncensored Tactics From a Woman at the Top” and emulate its advice.

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Conservative Paper Invokes Lynching In Anti-Sharpton Editorial Cartoon

Investors’ Business Daily, a business newspaper widely viewed as having a conservative editorial page, decided to dip its toes into racial politics over the weekend with a political cartoon about the case of Trayvon Martin. But instead of presenting a valid criticism of the negative reactions to George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict, the publication invoked lynchings — one of the great tragedies committed against Black Americans — to try to make its point.

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McDonalds' Budget For Employees: Get a Second Job, Turn Off Your Heat

McDonalds has partnered with Visa to launch a website to help its low-wage workers making an average $8.25 an hour to budget. But while the site is clearly meant to illustrate that McDonalds workers should be able to live on their meager wages, it actually underscores exactly how hard it is for a low-paid fast food worker to get by.

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Legislator Blocks Openly Gay Colleague From Speaking About DOMA, Cites ‘God’s Law’

Openly gay Pennsylvania state Representative Brian Sims (D) planned to speak on the legislature floor on Wednesday about the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act — but he was blocked from talking by a Republican colleague who said his comments would be “open rebellion against God’s law.” Now, Sims is asking for a reprimand of his Republican colleague.

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Fox News Commentator: Breadwinning Women Are “Hurting our Children"

Conservative commentator Erick Erickson earned himself a lot of detractors Wednesday night when, responding to the news that a record number of families rely on women’s income, he argued on Fox News that it was “natural” for men to take the “dominant role” and that women being the primary breadwinner for families is “hurting our children, and it’s going to have impact for generations to come.”

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California Strawberry Pickers Fired for Fleeing Dangerous Wildfire

Fifteen farm workers have won back their right to work after being fired last week for fleeing wildfire smoke.

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Ohio Is Illegally Throwing Poor People in Jail For Owing Money

The Americans Civil Liberties Union on Friday revealed that courts in Ohio are illegally throwing poor people in jail for being unable to pay off a debt.

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Georgia Town Passes Law Requiring All Adults to Own Guns

Late Monday, Nelson, Georgia passed a law called the “Family Protection Ordinance” that requires every adult in the 1,300-person town to own a gun “for purposes of emergency management and general safety of the city.”

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7 Shocking Statements from One of the Nuttiest GOP Congressmen in the House

Rep. Don Young (R-AK) on Thursday invited a wave of criticism after using a racial slur to characterize Latinos, saying that he and his father, “used to hire 50 to 60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes.” Young refused to apologize outright for the slur, and several GOP leaders have since called on him to do so.

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Another Young Rape Victim of Football Players Bullied

Two football player high school students in Connecticut are charged with the second-degree sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl. The allegations come amid other complaints of hazing at the school, but Torrington High School officials insist that these are individual instances and not a part of a larger cultural problem.

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Poor Kids Booted from Their Preschool Programs Thanks to Sequestration

The early childhood education program Head Start provides educational opportunities specifically to low-income kids. But 70,000 of those students will lose the opportunity to be in the program as a result of the drastic reductions in funding triggered by sequestration.

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Christian School Fires Teacher for Pre-Marital Sex, Offers to Hire Her Boyfriend

A teacher in San Diego is suing the Christian college where she worked after they fired her after she became pregnant. Had Teri James not become pregnant, the school never would have found out that she was having sexual intercourse with her boyfriend. Nevertheless, they now claim that pregnancy is key evidence she violated the school’s “moral codes,” which include a ban on premarital sex.

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Thanks To Congressional Incompetence, Saturday Mail Delivery Is History

The U.S. Postal Service announced on Wednesday that it will discontinue first class Saturday mail delivery, marking another milestone in the decline of the once-ubiquitous government service. But it isn’t a switch to online mail that’s causing the postal demise — it’sCongress.

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Meet the Male Senators Who Voted Against a Bill Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence (Hint: They're Republicans)

Eight Senators on Monday voted not to consider the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a bill that protects victims of domestic violence. The Senators who voted against moving to debate on the bill were: Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Tim Scott (R-SC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Rand Paul (R-KY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and James Risch (R-ID).

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America’s Craziest Sheriff Sends Armed Posses to Arizona Schools

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will begin sending armed “posses” to patrol around Arizona schools today, in response to the shooting less than a month ago at Sandy Hook elementary school.

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Republicans Promise to Throw America Off the Fiscal Cliff

In the post-election race to find a solution to the so-called ‘fiscal cliff,’ Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) isn’t even making a gesture toward bipartisanship.

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5 Facts You Need to Know for Tonight's Presidential Debate

Debates move quickly. The candidates toss out facts at breakneck speeds, trying to get across their entire plans in just 90 minutes. Tonight, Obama and Romney will square off in a debate that’s been billed as high-steaks — Obama will seek to regain the momentum, while Romney hopes to sustain his.

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72 Million Americans Would be Uninsured Under Romney's Health Plan

One of the myriad things presidential contender Mitt Romney has pledged to do on day one of his presidency is to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature health care reform legislation, and replace it with “market drive” reforms. But a new study estimates that the effort would actually increase the number of uninsured Americans to 72 million and increase costs across the board.

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Ralph Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition Multiple Choice Survey on Obama: Nazi or Communist?

Editor's note: For more on Ralph Reed's get-out-the-vote operation and how it could put Republicans over the top, see AlterNet's report, Ralph Reed to the Rescue? How Clueless Romney Could Still Win.

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