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Feel the Bern: Sanders announces 2020 presidential run with salvo bashing 'racist, sexist' Trump

Bernie Sanders officially announced his run for president this morning, with an interview on Vermont Public Radio, saying he's "ready to 'move the revolution forward."

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Chicago Police Accused of Planting Evidence on "NATO 3" Protesters

 Lawyers for three protesters arrested on terrorist-related charges ahead of the Nato summit have accused police of entrapping them and encouraging an alleged bomb-making effort.

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Drug War Disaster: Student Busted for Pot Abandoned in Cell, Forced to Drink Own Urine to Survive

 LOS ANGELES — US drug-busting authorities apologized to a student who said he was driven to drinking his own urine and trying to kill himself after being abandoned in a cell for five days.

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Can Jobs Grow From Marijuana? Spanish Village Considers Using Pot to Rebuild Economy

The Spanish village of Rasquera was voting Tuesday on a plan to rent out a field for growing cannabis in an urgent bid to create jobs and raise money to pay off its debts. 

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Why Obama Must Join The Drug War Debate in Colombia

 All wars end. Eventually. Even the war on drugs – resilient for so long – is starting to show signs of exhaustion. It is 42 years since President Nixon introduced the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970. The act set out to reduce or eliminate the production, supply and consumption of illegal drugs. A year later, after a report revealed a heroin epidemic among US servicemen in Vietnam, the Nixon administration coined the phrase "war on drugs".

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Cute Puppies Against Gitmo

The latest video from AgitPop TV -- Cute Puppies Against Gitmo.

Ex-AG Took Down License Plates of Visitors to Dr. Tiller's Clinic, Ethics Probe Reveals

An ethics complaint lodged against former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline reveals that the ex AG engaged in unethical and deeply disturbing behavior in his crusade against Dr. Tiller, the late-term abortion provider murdered last May. Among the most disturbing charges is the accusation that Kline sent staff to record the license plate numbers of visitors to Dr. Tiller's clinic and subpoenaed the guest list from a hotel used by patients. The Kansas City Star lists some of the other complaints against Kline:

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GOP Is Overjoyed At the Unprecedented Influence Corporations Will Now Have in Federal Campaigns

During the 2008 presidential campaign, the conservative group Citizens United made a movie critical of Hillary Clinton but was barred from distributing it on local cable systems because federal courts said it “looked and sounded like a long campaign ad, and therefore should be regulated like one.” The Supreme Court then took up the case and in its much-anticipated decision, today ruled 5-4 to allow corporations and unions to spend unlimited funds in support for, or opposition of, federal candidates. The monumental ruling throws out a “a 63-year-old law designed to restrain the influence of big business and unions on elections.

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McCain Insists 'Everyone Knows the Facts,' Then Gets the Facts Totally Wrong

This video, via TPM, is interesting. McCain, discussing the Underwear Bomber, says repeatedly that everyone knows the facts of the case. He then proceeds to repeat discredited right-wing talking-points that are anything but factual.

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Scott Brown Wins MA Senate

CNN, AP, Boston Globe all calling the race for Brown.

Another Fox News Contributor Reportedly Considering 2012 Presidential Run

In a letter to supporters, Rick Santorum reportedly wrote that he is "considering putting my name in for the 2012 presidential race," citing concerns over President Obama's purported "single-minded pursuit of a radical domestic agenda" and that "the Obama Administration buried its head in the sand and has turned a blind eye towards several major threats to our country."  From the letter:

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Tragedy Unfolds in Haiti: What's Happening and What You Can Do

First off, here are some ways to help. As Mac McClelland writes for Mother Jones:

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Video: North Dakota Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan to Retire

In a statement released this afternoon, Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) announced that he will not be running for re-election:

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Afghanistan War: The Soviet Lessons Not Learned

We've just passed the 3,000th day that U.S. forces have been in Afghanistan, as well as the 30th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of the very same nation. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was a disaster and they proved that you cannot win the hearts and minds of the Afghan people through troop surges, and continued occupation.

How Goldman Secretly Bet on the U.S. Housing Crash

From McClatchy -- (h/t Crooks & Liars) In 2006 and 2007, Goldman Sachs Group peddled more than $40 billion in securities backed by at least 200,000 risky home mortgages, but never told the buyers it was secretly betting that a sharp drop in U.S. housing prices would send the value of those securities plummeting.

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Ezra Klein: A Win on Health-Care, but an Ugly One

On Dec. 24, in an early morning vote, the United States Senate passed health-care reform. It was the first time the body had been in session on Christmas Eve since 1963. That's fitting, as it's arguably the most important piece of legislation the body has passed since 1963.

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Pope Benedict Attacked During X-Mas Eve Mass

The Vatican's security arrangements were being scrutinised today after Pope Benedict XVI was knocked to the ground during Christmas Eve mass by a woman who tried to launch a similar attack on him a year ago.

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Is Techno Chicken Gay (Not That There's Anything Wrong with That)?

Sadly, No! is in one of those crappy-video wars so popular in some corners of the blogosphere, and posted this one, which we think is just hilarious:

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MoveOn Video: Joe Lieberman Totally Socks!

MoveOn.org has a campaign to go after Joe Lieberman for holding health care reform hostage: "First, Joe Lieberman helped President Bush invade Iraq. Then he endorsed John McCain. Now he's single-handedly gutting health care reform. It's time to hold him accountable. Senator Lieberman must go."

Check Out Who's Still Advertising on Glenn Beck's Show

Eighty advertisers have reportedly dropped their ads from Glenn Beck's Fox News program since he called President Obama a "racist" who has a "deep-seated hatred of white people." Here are his December 16 sponsors, in the order they appeared:

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Stossel's New Fox Show Makes "Special Offer" to Students for Liberty to Attend Shows

As John Aravosis noted on Americablog, the message below was apparently sent to members of a mailing list for the Tea Party Patriots. The message was apparently sent from the Facebook group for the Students for Liberty, a 501c3 organization of students whose "mission is to provide a unified, student-driven forum of support for students and student organizations dedicated to liberty." SFL's office is at the Cato Institute. 

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Awesome: Pink Glove Dance for Breast Cancer Awareness

The staff at Portland's Providence St. Vincent Medical Center put this together to raise awareness about breast cancer. 

h/t Courtney at Feministing.com

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